"We now have so many regulations that
everyone is guilty of some violation."
Donald Alexander
(1921-2009) American tax lawyer, Commissioner of Internal Revenue (1973-1977)
before Congress ~1975
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I KNOW he was right, even if he was part of the problem... Part of the solution is online here: http://www.lp.org Another, here: http://www.givemeliberty.org
 -- JC, Anchorage     
    And because the courts are so corrupt, they are putting people in jail that didn't even violate one of the numerous regulations.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
     -- Dick, Fort Worth      
    It's only a matter of going after someone who has something of value or who publicly defies the State.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    JC and Mike, can you possibly believe so many regulations and being guilty of something is good? Even Reston sees we have too many regulations, though he must think some of our freedoms must be regulated. I think very few regulations are necessary (i.e. it's wrong to murder someone, driving drunk endangers others). But adding the murder of a pregnant woman or of a homosexual is not needed because murder is already wrong.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    by way of clarification: There is a need for very few statutes. All the compelled compliance, victimless crimes, license, theft of the labor's fruit, forced charity - ID, etc. etc. etc are all part of the immoral and tyrannical de facto state.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    That is especially true. Not even the people that wrote the regulations are guilty of a violation or two especially when it comes to taxes. They can get away with it. We would pay the price for not knowing it.
     -- Elaine, Atlanta     
    5 Stars for the fact stated. Thumbs down for its effect. Overall its a symptom of an entrenched bureaucracy run amok.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Accounting and taxes are simply a matter of commen sense or is it cents. The fact that so many can not get it correct and thus regulations must be written is evidence of the lack of the aforementioned among a significant portion of the American people. If they get more sense then the regulations and enforcement will wither away.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    One can not get in his car and drive down the street without doing something wrong.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    If anyone should know, it would be Mr. Alexander. After all, he was the head of the IRS Gestapo.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    And he should know... In actual fact, you can now get stopped at any time for what ever you are doing as now there is no cause just effect. Just don't step out of line otherwise you may be the subject of Rendition.
     -- RBESRQ     
    And of course, the Obama administration has added 16,000 new IRS agents to entrap, oops, catch those having violated or believe to be violating one of the myriad regulations already in place. No doubt there will more to come.
     -- Carol, Georgia     
    Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute ? Of their own children or of strangers ? Peter saith unto him, of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, then are the children free. Mat 17: 25,26
     -- watchman 13, USA     
     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry      
     -- Mary, MI      

    My plea is innocent by reason of sanity.

     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    If all you folks are innocent by reason of insanity, am I guilty by reason of sanity?
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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