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Posted at 3:31 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Quoted: Libertarians defend Wesley Snipes in tax-dodge case

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Wesley Snipes and Wes Benedict (Peter Kramer/AP; Libertarian Party)

"Why do people like Wesley Snipes and Tim Geithner work so hard to avoid paying taxes? Because THE TAX IS TOO DAMN HIGH!"

-- Libertarian Party executive director Wes Benedict in a press release Friday blasting the federal government for sending Wesley Snipes to prison for three years for failing to file a tax return -- while taking a sideswipe at the TurboTax-challenged Treasury Secretary. Benedict argued that Snipes was selectively prosecuted for an act that shouldn't be an offense and, hey, why do we even need a federal income tax anyway? Snipes, who still wants to appeal his sentence to the Supreme Court, is expected to begin his time next week.

By The Reliable Source  | December 3, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
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Libertarians view taxes as anti-rights and immoral. Many feel that non-payment should at least be de-criminalized, as for example has been done in Switzerland. In addition, a properly constituted public entity should be sending people paychecks like the Libertarian-designed Alaska Permanent Fund (see ... and page down to Friedman article), not demanding them.

A more balanced news item could address the Libertarian position. This item seems to be unaware of growing complaints Mr. Benedict references that people are being prosecuted despite reliance on experts in tax law, or even IRS tax help.

Posted by: RalphKSwanson | December 3, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

As an ex abused woman, I'm no fan of Wesley Snipes. His punch has left Halle Berry hard of earing in one ear. However, I see a double standard in sending him to prison. There have been so many stars who have owed taxes, Willie Nelson and others. They were never sent to prison. Something is very wrong here.

Then again, it could be karma for hurting a defenseless girl.

Posted by: muffet | December 4, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

He just said on Larry King that's he's not a tax protestor-- he also said that he is hoping for a miracle.

Posted by: Rick999 | December 7, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Wesley Snipes doesn't file for taxes = 3 years in prison.

Timothy Geithner commits tax fraud = Get places in charge of the Treasury.

Something seems wrong here. One gets put in jail and the other, effectively, get put in charge of the IRS.

Posted by: BradG | December 8, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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