WE THE EN­EMY

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nal Rev­enue Ser­vice alike.

Ac­cord­ing to the IRS, fil­ing er­rors are start­ing to show up on this sea­son’s com­pleted tax forms (and you know what that can lead to), so the tax-col­lect­ing agency is urg­ing tax­pay­ers and tax pre­par­ers to make sense of the re­bate they re­ceived — or didn’t re­ceive — be­fore fil­ing the 2008 fed­eral re­turns.

“Some in­di­vid­u­als who did not get the eco­nomic-stim­u­lus pay­ment, and a smaller num­ber of those who did, may be el­i­gi­ble for the re­cov­ery re­bate credit. How­ever, most tax­pay­ers who re­ceived the eco­nomic-stim­u­lus pay­ment last year will not qual­ify for the re­cov­ery re­bate credit on their 2008 fed­eral in­come tax re­turn,” says the IRS. Got it? An early sam­pling of 2008 tax re­turns by the IRS “shows about 15 per­cent have er­rors in­volv­ing the re­cov­ery re­bate credit.”

“Some tax re­turns er­ro­neously claim the credit, do not claim the proper amount of re­cov­ery re­bate credit or mis­tak­enly en­ter the amount of the stim­u­lus pay­ment they re­ceived on the re­cov­ery re­bate credit line.”

“In pol­i­tics, a can­di­date may only have a minute, even less, to make an im­pres­sion. The trick was to make it a last­ing one.” It’s prob­a­bly bet­ter not to iden­tify the fed­eral bu­reau­crat (from the Depart­ment of La­bor, no less) who sent the fol­low­ing let­ter to In­side the Belt­way:

“Our po­lit­i­cal leaders are shout­ing from the rooftops that we should have fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity. Pres­i­dent Obama vows to­day that we will re­build. Who is this ‘we’? Do our po­lit­i­cal leaders have mice in their pock­ets? From what I can see, ‘we’ are tight­en­ing up our purse strings, ‘we’ are suf­fer­ing from over­spend­ing in Congress, ‘we’ are try­ing to sur­vive.

“From what I can see, ‘they’ are spending like it is go­ing out of style, ‘they’ can’t [rein] in their pork projects, ‘they’ are find­ing more and more ex­cuses to spend our money.

“ ‘We’ need to clean house and elect a new group of in­di­vid­u­als. But alas, the Amer­i­can peo­ple are too afraid to have real change and stand up for our­selves. As a vet­eran, I served my coun­try and de­fended all per­sons to have a right to be free. I just wish the Amer­i­can peo­ple would ex­er­cise that right. ...

“This is how we will be con­quered as a na­tion, not from ex­te­rior threats, but from within. In the im­mor­tal words of Pogo, ‘We have met the en­emy, and he is us.’ ”

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