By Robert Becker
Disclosure: nothing here, defending the grievously-assaulted GOP entrant, reflects my father’s 40 year CPA career. I did, however, inherit his prudent tax credo: declare all income (certainly with paper trails), deduct all that’s defensible by logic or statute, and sign up the best tax wizards you can afford. Ask Mitt Romney, who’s mastered the art of spending deductible CPA dollars on astonishing advice that saved him multi-millions — all presumably legal and above board, as far as we know. Sure.
I put aside whether fewer, highly suspicious-looking tax gimmicks, plus many millions buried offshore, wouldn’t have better served Mitt’s thin presidential resume. Let that bide: no one’s perfect and capital outlasts capitulation. In the meantime, let’s not throw the GOP primary-winning, babe-in-arms out with the tax water, as Harry Reid’s roguishly “give “em hell” stunt attempts to do. There’s only custom and precedent, not law requiring anyone, rich or poor, to release tax returns, though naturally the more you have, the less you want to broadcast. So, Mittens is rich and clever: get over it, losers. Continue reading
2012 is actually a pretty busy year here in Britain. We’ve had the Queen’s Jubilee, and the Olympics. And some anniversaries. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (although, to be frank, I haven’t actually heard of much in the way of celebration of this). [Hah! That's because it's the worng year!--Wuf] And, of course, the centenary of the death of that greatest of dead British heroes, Robert Falcon Scott. Scott of the Antarctic. Who almost was the first to the South Pole, and lost out to that duplicitous Norwegian, and died a hero’s death, with a nobility that has inspired generations of British schoolboys. And it’s true—Scott’s last journal entries, written when he knew he and his remaining companions were going to die (Oates had already wandered off into a blizzard, muttering ”I may be some time”), are heartbreaking. Continue reading
Back when I was younger there was a story going around about Uganda’s batshit crazy thug dictator, Idi Amin. It said that one of his wives had been found hacked into 13 pieces and stuffed into the trunk of a car. The verdict: “a clear-cut case of suicide.” I can find no evidence that this ever actually happened, but Amin was just insane enough for it to seem possible.
Which brings us to today’s most intriguing headline: Autopsy: Death of handcuffed man in Ark. a suicide.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A man whose hands were cuffed behind him in the back seat of an Arkansas patrol car shot himself in the right temple with a handgun he apparently concealed from arresting officers, according to an autopsy report released Monday that listed the death as a suicide. Continue reading
As President, I’d like to set the record straight about myself and my administration. We are intelligent people engaged in a search for solutions to the modern problems that face us. I call them the five E’s: Economy, Education, Environment, Equality, and Energy. These are the building blocks of our society. We need each of these functioning properly in order for civilization to move forward.
Economy: The economy is recovering from a disastrous experiment in deregulation, which allowed a large volume of worthless stock to pollute many of our most trustworthy financial institutions. I have addressed this problem in the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, with the goals of increasing transparency, increasing accountability, and ending bailouts. If you haven’t read Rolling Stone’s article about how Wall Street strangled it in the womb, you should. It’s an eye opener. Continue reading