Best comment of the day goes again to omghe’sstillanamerican who found this ridiculous article about the IRS seeking a new public persona: IRS Seeks Some PR Help. This is an open thread (meaning you can share videos or stories that would be fun for everyone, or whatever you want).
This is my favorite part of the article:
“For the IRS, the first thing to do would be to change your name,” said David Bauman, an agent representing Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest. As Mr. Artest, the basketball player “at one point was the most hated player in the NBA” following an ugly brawl with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, but was able to slowly win fans back, Mr. Bauman said.
Yeah, Ron Artest should have changed his name to Twinkle Bell; then maybe the fans at his games would be afraid that he’d run up into the stands and clobber them (if the brawl had just been the with Detroit Pistons it wouldn’t have been so bad). Maybe the IRS should change its name to something like this: “Cuddly Bears” with the slogan: “We are from the government and we are here to help you.”
I’ve relinquished my citizenship; and I don’t go to Laker games (
Artest’s Peace’s current team).
Ron Artest Metta World Peace fight is still available on Youtube:
Artest’s new name really is: Metta World Peace. Some others have come up with alternative names for the IRS, International Robbers Society, We Don’t Tax Foreigners Anymore (WDTFA)–problem with those suggestions is that they won’t help the image: the first is too factual; the second is too much of a lie (like Metta World Peace). I invite alternate names to help the IRS mask its image effectively.
Here in the great North, the Canada Revenue Agency doesn’t need an expensive PR agent like Ron Artest and the IRS. They have the Isaac Brock Society. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen positive statements made about the Canadian Taxman on this blog. Here is another from OMG himself:
What they [the IRS] need is to see how a civilized revenue service works. They should all be sent to Canada for training with the Canada Revenue Agency.
Canadians love to pay taxes, apparently. (Sorry this is one Canadian trait I still haven’t learnt, though I do call the last letter of the alphabet “zed”). I want to point you to the most positive treatment of a taxman (not the taxman but a taxman) that I’ve yet to see in the media, from one of my favorite shows (Season 1, episode 2); enjoy: