Happy Taxation-Is-Theft Day!
Let us count the ways taxes distort our lives.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) is engaging in some mildly awkward conversations about being a millionaire while constantly seeking to soak the rich. Which on this Tax Day, is kind of hilarious, so it's how we start this week's Editors' Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch.
The gang talks this year's tax-refund confusions, Democrats' fuzzy tax math, Uncle Milty's greatest #fail, presidential-candidate tax disclosures, the gruesomely intrusive Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and much more. Also under discussion: the forthcoming Mueller Report drop, Julian Assange's beard, Raymond Chandler's vocabulary, Reason's schmancy new website, and how all the nerds in Washington were watching Game of Thrones last night.
Audio production by Ian Keyser.
Relevant links from the show:
"Nobody Thinks They've Gotten a Recent Tax Cut, but a Majority Have," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"I Got Stoned and Did My Taxes," by Liz Wolfe
"Starve the Tax Man," by J.D. Tuccille
"The Rise of the Low-Tax Socialists," by Peter Suderman
"Democrats Hate Wealthy Candidates…When They're Not Democrats," by Matt Welch
"Milton Friedman Helped Invent Income Tax Withholding," by Katherine Mangu-Ward
"The Coming Transparency Battle Over the Mueller Report," by C.J. Ciaramella
"MoveOn, Maddow Can't Move on From Mueller Worship," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"Julian Assange Is a Better Journalist Than Many of His Media Critics," by J.D. Tuccille
"Punishing Assange Isn't Worth Killing a Free Press," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"What Game of Thrones Can Teach Us About Political Power," by Katherine Mangu-Ward