In the movie Young Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein sends his lab assistant, Igor, to retrieve a brain from the institute to implant in his 'creation.' After he brings his creation to life, he observes some reactions from the 'monster' that he did not anticipate. He begins to suspect he had not been given the brain he asked for. The following dialogue then takes place.

Dr. Frankenstein: Igor, may I speak to you for a moment?
Igor: Of course.
Dr. Frankenstein: Now... that brain that you gave me... was it Hans Delbruck's?
Igor: No.
Dr. Frankenstein: Ah. Good. Uh... would you mind telling me... whose brain... I did put in?
Igor: And you won't be angry?
Dr. Frankenstein: I will not be angry.
Igor: Abby...someone.
Dr. Frankenstein: Abby someone? Abby who?
Igor: Abby Normal.
Dr. Frankenstein: Abby Normal?
Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name.
Dr. Frankenstein: Are you saying…that I put an abnormal brain...into a 7 and a half foot long... 54- inch wide... GORILLA?!?!?! IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ME!?!

We should ask the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate (an independent division of the IRS), the Tax Policy Center, The Tax Advisor, The Tax Foundation, proponents of The Flat Tax, The Fair Tax Nation, Citizens for Tax Justice, The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and Americans for Tax Justice, (collectively comprising both liberal and conservative tax groups) Republican Congressmen and women, Democratic Congressmen and women, current and past presidents (I could go on but you get the idea), "whose brain did we put in the Internal Revenue Code ?"

And all will respond, “Abby Normal.” All are critical of our tax code. Perhaps differently due to political persuasion but all are critical. Many markedly so!

American taxpayers should ask Congress, “Are you saying…that we have put an abnormal tax code...into a 300 HUNDRED MILLION STRONG, 17 TRILLION DOLLAR ECONOMIC BEHEMOTH?!?!?! IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ME!?!

Yep. You guessed it. That’s what Congress has done since 1913. And we have allowed it to happen. And we should be angry. In that same movie, Inspector Kemp tells the local citizenry,

“A riot is an ungly thingk...undt, I tink, that it is chust about time ve had vun.”

I agree, a riot is an 'ungly thingk.' But, perhaps it is time American taxpayers get their dander up, at least mentally and politically, about our tax code.

On a serious note, I return to the mortgage interest deduction later this week.

Au revoir. I'll catch you on the flip side.

AuthorDoug Spiker