Comments on: Romney’s tax audit, Aurora and risk, inside the IRS http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/07/30/romneys-tax-audit-aurora-and-risk-inside-the-irs/ Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Skeptix http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/07/30/romneys-tax-audit-aurora-and-risk-inside-the-irs/comment-page-1/#comment-250 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:43:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=506#comment-250 Let’s see. TSA-like screeners at every doorway — movie theaters, all classrooms, post offices, fast food joints, the Texas Tower, office buildings and every office within. I’d feel REALLY safe.

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By: LEEDAP http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/07/30/romneys-tax-audit-aurora-and-risk-inside-the-irs/comment-page-1/#comment-249 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:35:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=506#comment-249 LOL. Steven Brill, I love these questions. It’s like you are a reporter or an economist. But since there are no answers here, you must just be our conversation instigator.

Since I’ve often wondered about the cost/benefit analysis of safety related rules and regulations, your question about the value of safety guards at movie theaters is a salient one for me. I admit that personal preference gets in the way of my opinions. For example, automobiles are 1000% more likely to result in death than Hepatitis B. Yet my child has to have that vaccine to go to school when it’s typically a sexually transmitted disease between two people- hardly a risk for my kindergartener. Maybe if she was attending high school this would make sense, but kindergarten?

On the other side of the coin, the Glass–Steagall Act of the 1930’s that protected our financial system from ruin was considered too restrictive and gutted in 1999. However many argue precipitated today’s economic problems, which have threatened our safety in countless ways from the inability to fund fire stations to not being able to afford health insurance.

Clearly there are too many lawyers trading favors and stirring fear in congress and not enough economists instilling some pragmatism into the discourse. Otherwise we wouldn’t even consider sending some pimply 18 year old to protect us from a heavily armed psychopath at a movie theater because, as Brill points out, they can just as readily appear at the mall, too. What we need is policy driven by the GAO and not Fox News.

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By: TIREDINPHILLY http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/07/30/romneys-tax-audit-aurora-and-risk-inside-the-irs/comment-page-1/#comment-247 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:30:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=506#comment-247 On the IRS concern, one might ask why electronic returns are funnelled from the IRS website to one of fifteen private entities to process the return? Why was an inherently governmental function passed off to for-profit entities?

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