- The Washington Times - Monday, September 14, 2009

Richard W. Rahn, who writes of “global tax bullies,” persists in demonizing the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as if the attempt to curb tax evasion were self-generated by overreaching bureaucrats with ulterior motives (“Bowing to the global tax bullies,” Opinion, Thursday). What nonsense.

Member countries run the OECD, control its agenda and program, and oversee its functioning. They want to collect taxes that are owed, thereby relieving the burden that honest taxpayers must bear when others cheat. The point of the U.S.-backed OECD exercise is to nail tax cheaters, and it is working.

While I totally disagree with the tax-hating “starve the beast” philosophy of libertarians like Mr. Rahn, they are entitled to their (misguided) views. But they must play fairly. However, they do not seem to be able to do so.



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