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April 4, 2010

Can't we get by with tweaking government a little?

I'm thinking about starting a militia group. You want to join?

We need one to protect ourselves and our loved ones from those more than 500 wacko militia groups that are out there.

I'm referring to groups like the Hutaree, of course. The FBI arrested nine Hutarees this past week on charges they were planning to kill police officers because the Hutarees don't like the federal government.

I'm not particularly crazy about the federal government right now either. It's tax time.

Oh, don't get me wrong. I don�t mind paying taxes.

It�s trying to understand those ridiculous tax forms and rules that drives me mad.

I�ve said this before about taxes: I don�t like my dollars going toward war, I don�t like them being wasted, and I can�t stand that the federal government has created an industry around filing taxes. I don�t like paying somebody to do my taxes.

I had to pay an accountant last year because I sold some property and I couldn�t figure it out. But this year should be � should be � a relatively simple matter with only my wife�s and my incomes to account for along with a little interest and our pension funds.

It�s still too complicated, though.

But I�m not going to fly a plane into an IRS building over a 1040 or Capital Gains form. And I�m sure not going to join a group of nut cases going around in camouflage and shooting up the countryside on weekends pretending to be honorable warriors with plans to right the world�s wrongs by shooting policemen or killing other innocent people.

These so-called American patriot groups should see how well that�s been going in other places in the world, such as the Mideast, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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