Perhaps you will find it of small comfort Monday, especially if you’re straining to file taxes online or standing at the Post Office, but even 100 years ago newspapers were filled with stories about the income tax.
Perhaps misery loves company, even if that company is found on only a genealogy chart.
Among the biggest issues debated back then, in addition to all the many vagaries about what actually constituted income, was whether everyone’s return should be considered a public record.
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis might want to hire handlers with a better sense of timing.
While answering questions recently, he decided to illustrate government’s unwarranted list of business regulations by focusing on an FDA requirement that food-service workers wash their hands after visiting the bathroom. Government shouldn’t have to require this, he said, because any restaurant that didn’t require such a thing would go out of business.
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.