Tax and Spend

Tirades against the Internal Revenue Service amount to a minor national sport.

Now even the Vice President is playing: in July, George Bush paid the IRS $198,000 in back taxes and interest, and he is planning to sue, if necessary, to get his money back. "I'm the guy that's been taken to the cleaners," Bush said last week. The payment to the IRS represents close to 10% of his net worth.

The Vice President's problem stems from the 1981 sale of his Houston home.

The Bushes made a profit of $596,000 on the sale, which they used to buy their $870,000 house in Kennebunkport,...

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