TAXES: It Just No Longer Adds Up


IT was Taxpayers Eve, gloomiest night of the year. As last-minute taxpayers trudged morosely to post offices to send off their returns, they were surprised to bump into federal bureaucrats who had come out to greet them with smiles, coffee and doughnuts. The friendly feds thanked each taxpayer profusely for helping to keep them in business. Bowled over by this display of bureaucratic concern, the taxpayer went home with a feeling of gratitude toward a government that so obviously cares.

The dreamer of this unlikely dream is James H. Boren, president of the...

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