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Friday, October 1, 2010

Memo to Tea Partiers: You Still Have to Pay Taxes

Dr. Edward Picardi of Sturgis faces five counts of income tax evasion. The IRS alleges that Dr. Picardi has cheated American taxpayers out of $811,000 over thirteen years by moving cash around to overseas accounts. Helping Picardi, says Uncle Sam, was Maryland lawyer Anthony Ira Kritt, who's in court right now for allegedly helping a West Virginia doctor do the same thing.

A possible defense for Dr. Picardi: he was simply acting as any good Tea Partier would, refusing to pay those oppressive taxes. Perhaps Dr. Picardi is where Gordon Howie got the idea. But it seems odd that Dr. Picardi wouldn't pay his taxes; after all, as a long-time employee of the federal government, he surely appreciates the need to pay a decent wage to the men and women serving our country.

This indictment is bad news for Republicans: according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Picardi and his wife and employee Sandra donated $11,200 to Senator John Thune over the past few years. Mrs. Picardi has also given Kristi Noem's House campaign $2000 this year.


  1. There are tax cheats and evaders on both sides of the aisle and in all political persuasions. I don't think any of you Dems have a thing to brag about when you have Barney Frank, Tom Daschle, Tim Geitner, and on and on and on. It's not right no matter who does it, but seems to me that is bothers the Dems less as far as doing anything about their rotten apples!

  2. "seems to me..." ...actually, Linda, I think you're imagining that. I have no sympathy for any tax cheat, regardless of party, and I don't think there's evidence that I've expressed such thoughts here.

    But $811K deliberately shuffled around to offshore accounts—that sounds like pretty strong fraud.


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