- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Kristi Jourdan’s article “D.C. smokes out tax scofflaws” (Page 1, Friday) made me realize something. Home Shopping Club grannies, so to speak, need to be jailed and their homes seized for back taxes. Moreover, shopping trips while traveling across state lines should be banned. If you know someone who vacationed at the shore and came home with a new pair of sunglasses, play it safe and report him or her to the state tax-collection agency for investigation.

States are playing around with retroactive laws and enforcement, and we already have seen moves to require innocent citizens under law to report infractions of smoking bans. If you see a granny on your block getting a lot of UPS packages before Christmas, don’t put yourself at risk of facing future legal action. Report her and her ilk for their crimes against the state.

What’s next? Perhaps we will see a multistate class-action lawsuit by attorneys general holding Sears Holding Corp. accountable for 100 years of racketeering by Sears, Roebuck & Co.

MICHAEL J. MCFADDEN

Philadelphia

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