William R. Shell: Wallet of beholder

June 26, 2013 

Wallet of beholder

The comments of Phil Berger, Senate president pro tem, that you reported June 19 were quite interesting. In an interview about a “major” tax bill, Berger described himself as leading the negotiations for the Senate, but he refused to offer any specifics. When asked where he was drawing the line, he stated “comprehensive tax reform.” Then he was asked what makes it comprehensive. He answered, “We’ll see when we get it.”

Isn’t that pretty much like former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s definition of pornography: “You know it when you see it.”

I don’t agree with Berger on much, but if he equates what he is proposing as “comprehensive tax reform” with pornography, he is right on point.

William R. Shell


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