This article about the IRS taking the fight to tax evaders contains one of the best bits of unintentional comedy you’ll see this year:
Also last month, a federal court in Nevada held Irwin Schiff, a well-known promoter of what the Justice Department called “frivolous tax evasion excuses,” liable for more than $2 million in taxes and penalties in a case involving unpaid taxes for 1979 through 1985.
Schiff argued that penalties shouldn’t apply on the grounds that he suffers from a “chronic and severe delusional disorder” that resulted in his irrational and incorrect beliefs about to the federal income tax system. The court rejected that.
This is the tax-avoider’s version of the guy who killed his parents and then begged the court for mercy on the grounds that he’s an orphan. You’ve got to hand it to these guys, they don’t know the meaning of the word “quit”. (Or the word “shame”, or the word “chutzpah”, or the word “bogus”, or…you get the idea.)