of Lorin Lee vs. the IRS--Round 1, a collection of cartoons that
captures the mean-spirited nature of the world's #1 terrorist
This book captures both sides of "The IRS
experience," with clever and humorous cartoons. Some of the
cartoons show examples of the absurd tax dodges people try to get by
with. Most of the cartoons portray the mean-spirited, soulless way the
IRS tortures, terrorizes, and tramples American citizens. And it makes
you laugh in the process!
The book is funny because its portrayals of the
absurd are so accurate. As voters, we actually put up with this abuse,
instead of demanding that Congress do the job they were elected to do.
If you're not going to demand that Congress fix the problem, then buy
this book and at least have a good laugh about it.
One method Lee uses quite humorously is he starts
with an actual situation and simply expands it to its logical
conclusion. For example, we all know how a very small tax debt can grow
monumentously in just a few years. The IRS routinely violates the
Statute of Limitations and gets by with it. So, an overlooked $50 tax
debt incurred when you're 18 can come back to haunt you just before
retirement and cost you everything you have. Lee illustrates this by
showing a homeless man in tattered clothing being told by an auditor,
"With interest, penalties, and fines, your tax bill comes to
$250,000. Will that be cash or check?"
Do you remember the 1984 IRS kidnapping, at
gunpoint, of toddlers at a Michigan day care center? That came to mind
with one cartoon that showed an IRS agent in a daycare center. In this
cartoon, he's holding up three pieces of candy, while a baby cries in
the background (taking candy from a baby). He's wearing a button that
says, "IRS trainee." His trainer is saying,
"Congratulations. You have passed the first part of your agent
There's a New IRS and Old IRS cartoon that hits
dead center. And you'll snicker when you see Santa's audit. Lee explores
the tax plight of military people, too--they serve their country, then
get "served" by the IRS. Some thanks!
If you have enjoyed Doonesbury or Dilbert because
they hit the bulls eye, you will enjoy Lorin A. Lee vs. the IRS for the
same reason. Whether you hate the Infernal Revenue Service or the
Eternal Revenue Service, you will love the jabs taken at this useless
and ridiculous organization.