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Saw this story on "The Situation Room" today as a topic for the viewer-response segment.  The Hollywood image of a stereotypical Italian mobster breaking the legs of those who don't pay up comes to mind.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Aug 22nd, 2006 at 04:38:01 PM EST
Funny :)
by Laurent GUERBY on Tue Aug 22nd, 2006 at 05:12:09 PM EST
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Yes...I can see it getting way out of hand...

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
by Sam on Tue Aug 22nd, 2006 at 05:30:12 PM EST
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Yes, as if giving the beancounters their own army wasn't ridiculous enough, now we have to deal with it making offers we can't refuse.

(Sorry, it was too easy.)

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Aug 22nd, 2006 at 07:22:50 PM EST
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Breaking legs and stuff -- that's quite a fantasy you have!

Let's think realistically here. These tax-collecting companies will be under competitive pressures to extract money efficiently, and will therefore use methods that are quick, low-cost, and effective, so... well...

Let's look at it another way. Remember, in open markets companies must treat people relatively well, because potential workers can withhold their labor and potential customers can withhold their money and use it to buy something else, so these tax-collecting companies can't mistreat people by... um...

Well, probably not actual legs, of course. Waterboarding?

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by technopolitical on Wed Aug 23rd, 2006 at 03:04:01 AM EST
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The IRS has already made it quite clear that it simply needs to be allowed to hire a few more employees, and that this would cost less than bringing in these companies.  Don't think of what I said as being a complete fantasy.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2006 at 09:37:11 AM EST
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You're not convinced that they'll treat their customers well? That is, their non-customers who have no choice about it?
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by technopolitical on Thu Aug 24th, 2006 at 05:04:02 AM EST
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