Damn those lobbyists!

Obviously the corrupt lobbyists are at it again, forcing the government to give yet another tax break to the rich :

From TaxProf Blog– Can You Hear Me Now? IRS to Refund $15 Billion of Telephone Taxes to Consumers:

The Treasury Department and IRS announced this morning that after losing in five circuit courts of appeals, the Government is throwing in the towel and will no longer seek to enforce the 3% excise tax on long-distance telephone calls enacted during the Spanish-American War of 1898 as a “luxury” tax on wealthy Americans who owned telephones.

Oh, wait. My bad. It wasn’t lobbyists — it was the government trying to tax consumers by enforcing a 108-year-old “luxury tax” on telephones (which 108 years ago were only owned by the very rich)! These guys are disgusting and shameless.

For once I’m grateful to the courts.

I say we should pass a new law that says that for the next ten years, every time you pass a new law you need to strike two old laws from the books. It would be a good way to clean house of a lot of the ridiculously outdated legislation that’s still on the books.

Edit: Altered first sentence for non-clarity.

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