Jul 06 2011

David Cay Johnston on tax and monsters

Posted by: Nick Shaxson in: Thoughts

David Cay Johnston, a top U.S. tax writer who is leaving Tax Analysts for Reuters, has written a fabulous valedictory piece.

Read it. With edited highlights here. Perhaps my favourite part is this:

America with all of its greatness, its freedoms, and its potential, is, like democracy itself, the child of tax. . . Tax is not a pleasant subject and never will be. Neither are the responsibilities of child care, like calming bedtime fears about imagined monsters lurking in the shadows. Parents who perform these duties, showing their love by their actions, make for productive adults, while those who shirk the unpleasant realities of parenting often discover what a nightmare a child can grow up to become.”

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