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IRS chief Douglas Shulman

The head of the Internal Revenue Service finds the tax code so complicated he doesn’t file his own taxes!
In an interview on Sunday’s C-SPAN, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said he uses a tax preparer for his own returns. “I’ve used one for years…. I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer.” Pressed on how he would make the tax code simpler, Shulman responded, “I don’t write the tax laws. Congress writes the tax laws. Shulman said about 60% of Americans use tax preparers and another 20% use software to file their returns, which means “over 80% of people…aren’t…filling out the forms themselves.”
Before he became IRS commissioner, Shulman had been vice chairman of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and sat on the board at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation.
[Source: Bob Cusack,”IRS commissioner doesn’t file his own taxes,” 1/10/10, The Hill]
Seriously, societies that become way too complex eventually pay a steep price. Joseph Tainter, in his book The Collapse of Complex Societies: New Studies in Archaeology, explained that many previous high cultures have gotten to the point where – when the marginal rate of return payoff for additional hard work falls below a zero return – people simply walk away from society and great devolutions take place. (H/t George Ure of urbansurvival.com)
As I was writing this post, lo and behold, I got this timely e-mail from Socialism Alerts:

The health care reform bill deal would require the IRS to dole out taxpayer dollars — subsidies — to low-income Americans to help them pay for health insurance, administer tax credits to small businesses to help them offer health insurance to workers and collect billions of dollars in new taxes on employers, insurance companies and medical device companies. The ObamaCare compromise also seeks to force insurance companies to cut or eliminate profits and effectively becoming private federal agencies.
These and other details that are part of the compromise amount to nothing more than a backdoor deal for Nationalized Healthcare Enforced By The IRS and is nothing more than a Public Option socialized government run healthcare.
ObamaCare funding is more than $1 Trillion short and cannot be paid for without new taxes. Obama and Democrats in Congress are ignoring plan details and adding more than $3000/yr of debt to every American. Obama has lied again by pushing massive tax increases on every American earning less than $250,000/yr. Every Person will be hurt with increased costs of an out of control Government Run Health Care bureaucracy.

So if you haven’t told your Senators and Congressmen/women you oppose ObamaCare and will vote them out if they approve of the compromise bill that the Democrats are hammering out behind closed doors, do so now! To contact your representatives in D.C., CLICK HERE.

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My reps have blocked my #…seriously, they don’t listen to ONE WORD I have to say. Voting the dem party line is all they care about.