Burch: Justice, American style

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:50pm
By Michael R. Burch

According to this article, Michael Mancil Brown of Franklin has been charged with six counts each of wire fraud and extortion in the very mysterious case of Bishop Willard Mitt Romney’s purloined tax returns. It seems the U.S. Justice Department’s efforts led to a Nashville federal grand jury indicting Brown for “having an anonymous letter delivered to the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP accounting firm in Franklin last August, demanding that $1 million in digital currency be deposited to a Bitcoin account to keep some of Romney's income tax returns from being released.”

But will the so-called “Justice Department” do anything about the kingpins of international crime: the Romneys who individually avoid millions in taxes, and the Apples and Bain Capitals that collectively avoid billions, if not trillions?

If Brown is guilty, he’s a small fry. Why should he go to the slammer, while Romney laughs all the way to his Cayman Island bank and Apple sits smirking on mountains of cash? Since our nation sits teetering on the brink of insolvency, why not sic the Justice Department on someone whose taxes, fines and back interest could help pay off huge chunks of the national debt?

If Marvel was making a superhero movie about the Justice League and followed our real-world national script, Superman would allow Lex Luther to run amok while pounding homeless people to pulps for selling pencils without the proper licenses, and Batman would ignore the Joker’s diabolical plans in order to nab prepubescent bicyclists who failed to use the proper hand signals before turning. It would be like caped, over-muscled Keystone Kops on a really bad acid trip.

And unfortunately, that’s exactly how our government operates. If a young black man tokes a crack pipe, the cogs and gears of our “Justice League” prepare to suck him in him, turn him into a hardened criminal, then spit him back out. But if the real-world Penguin, Dick Cheney, conspires to invade Iraq on false pretenses in order to control trillions of dollars in oil reserves, and ends up getting multitudes of people killed, mutilated and/or left homeless, what are the odds that anyone with a badge will say boo to him?

Two of America’s wisest men — Mark Twain and Will Rogers — pointed out that some of the worst criminals are the ones seated in Congress. Once ensconced in the halls of power, in between lie-filled, ponderous pontifications, they pass “laws” that benefit themselves and their rich, powerful cronies at the expense of everyone else. (I think it was Rogers who said that the silver lining in this very dark cloud is that at least we don’t get all the government we pay for.) The new farm bill is a good case in point. As I mentioned in a recent article, Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher received $3.48 million in taxpayer subsidies from 1999 to 2012, while preaching sermons that the poor shouldn't be allowed to spend “other people's money” by drawing food stamps. Even the Penguin and Joker had more honor and integrity than Fincher: when they robbed people they didn’t steal from the poorest of the poor, and they didn’t preach sermons about “ethics” to their victims. 

It makes no sense to send the small fry to the slammer while the Al Capones in our government not only live like kings, but lord it over us, to boot. If there was any real justice in the “land of the free and home of the brave,” those of us who are brave enough to pay our taxes would not be ruled over by politicians who have no compunctions about sending young Americans to risk their lives in foxholes, but don’t have the courage to pay their taxes honestly and stop demanding handouts for themselves and their partners in crime.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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33 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 6/28/13 at 1:54

This guy's being charged for trying to extort money from a fellow citizen.

That fellow citizen, Romney, has broken no law.

Romney's tax proposal would have eliminated all of the complexities and loopholes and cronyism in our ridiculous tax code in favor a a much simpler system with lower overall rates and a corporate tax on par with the rest of the industrialized world so that people, companies and government would not have to waste all of the time and money in non-value-added compliance costs and would not be encourage to shop around for countries with more favorable tax policies.

The corporate tax is a pass through to the consumer anyway so all having a high corporate tax really does is make our companies less competitive in the world market.

They do offer other Economics courses that don't all start with the number 1, you know.

By: yogiman on 6/28/13 at 4:51


I believe you're getting to be a dumber dumboldcraper. Was Romney illegally putting his money the Cayman banks? If not, what is your accusation?

A better question; what would yo do with your money if you had a "pocket" full? No one wants to pay excessive taxes.

You're a good researcher; go back and see our tax rates at the beginning of taxing American citizens. Why has that percentage gone up so much?

Are we obligated to support the world? Hell, with the congress we have today we can't even support our own nation, let alone the world.

By: govskeptic on 6/28/13 at 5:02

Man this is a stretch of putting an Indicted Attempted Extortionist and Presidential
candidate that's never been accused of breaking a single tax law in the same yeast
and crock pot of an Editorial. Class envy is very popular at the moment, especially
among many who feel that life has cheated them of the great success they so richly
deserve even though they are so much smarter than the average bear.

Mitt Romney's day has come and gone as a Presidential contender, but Michael
Brown, criminal that he truly is, has a lot of nights to spend in a very small space.

By: Mike Burch on 6/28/13 at 9:45

Any nation that puts people in jail for possessing drugs,but lets Dick Cheney run loose despite all the people who lost their limbs, homes and lives due to his deception, has no national sense of justice. The point of my article is that if a petty crook belongs in jail, our government should be doing something about the criminal masterminds running the show.

By: yogiman on 6/29/13 at 5:06

I agree on criminals in control of our government, Mike. Not many laws passed by congress are for the benefit of we, the people. And they had to be criminally inclined to have a reason to allow an illegal candidate to win the presidential election without question.

By: BenDover on 6/29/13 at 7:21

Cheney committed no crime. The war on drugs needs SERIOUS attention but there's no political will from anyone but the black caucus in the house and the libertarians to make any such reform. Rand Paul is the only guy on the radar right now who acts like he'd do anything about that. Are you a Rand Paul supporter, Burch?

By: BenDover on 6/29/13 at 7:23

Rand Paul wants a constitutionally limited federal government. You tend to lean on the activist federal government side, I think, Burch... but I could be wrong.

By: Rasputin72 on 6/29/13 at 7:35

The "Golden Rule" takes predecent in almost cases involving fairness.

"Whomever has got the Gold makes the rule"

By: bfra on 6/29/13 at 8:02

By: BenDover on 6/29/13 at 8:21

Cheney committed no crime.
That statement says it ALL about Bendover & his idiotic ideas! However, in a way he is somewhat right. Chaney committed not 1 crime but so many crimes, it would take pages & pages to list them.

By: yogiman on 6/29/13 at 8:20

How about listing a few of them, bfra? That is, if you know any.

By: yogiman on 6/29/13 at 8:21



By: bfra on 6/29/13 at 8:25

The brainless blob chimes in with his usual dumbass questions!

By: yogiman on 6/29/13 at 9:27

dumbass, bfra?

Are you identifying yourself? You seem to know the accusations so quickly, but you're never able to give a reason for them. Don't you even know an answer?

By: pswindle on 6/29/13 at 10:25

Of course Cheney is guilty because Bush was too dumb to make decisions. Have you forgotten about Dick's former company, Haliburton, who ranked in billions off of the government during the Iraq and other Middle East wars. We need to go back and re-read the reason for the wars, and the outcome of killing and money spend for, what?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/29/13 at 10:46

Ben is right about Romney not been caught breaking any laws, but that is just a tactically.

Ben is right that Dick Cheney has not been charged with any war crimes…yet.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/29/13 at 10:53

All that disagrees with yogi, he calls dumbass. The reason for this is that he has his head stuck up in his own. He can never see anything but his owns foul ignorance.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/29/13 at 10:53

Now his so-call come back will be… I wise I was as brilliant as you think you are.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/29/13 at 10:56

yogi Presidential prediction.

By: yogiman on 10/14/12 at 10:39
I hate to tell you this, boys, but you're flushing you brain out through your a$$. Only 24 more days and you'll wonder; Just how damn stupid can I be?

By: bfra on 6/29/13 at 11:21

Nemo - Nothing yogi has ever put on the board was backed up by any proof. None of his pitiful predictions have ever come true. He is a brainless blob & seems to relish in putting evidence of that fact on the board.

By: yogiman on 6/29/13 at 11:33

Wrong again, dumba$$.

You're the only one on this board that I've called a dumbass. Why? Because you prove it every day.

And bfra, you're pretty well placing yourself in dumba$$'s category. You have called me a liar on every post I've made. But you've never mentioned one word of proof I'm wrong. Why not? Don't you have the knowledge to prove your allegations? That's one thing you keep proving every time to make your accusation.

Are you actually as dumb as dumba$$? It sure looks like it.

By: bfra on 6/29/13 at 11:43

Brainless blobs don't comprehend proof!

By: bfra on 6/29/13 at 11:45

By: yogiman on 6/29/13 at 12:33

Wrong again, dumba$$.

You're the only one on this board that I've called a dumbass. Why? Because you prove it every day.
Example of one of yogi's lies. He has called a lot of posters dumbass, because his brainless post are usually anal, where his head stays.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/29/13 at 1:09

If he is posting yogi is lying.

His 10:27 post he call bfra a dumbass. This means he is a Liar or he can't remember his lies.

By: yogiman on 6/29/13 at 1:21

Sorry, bfra,

It doesn't even take half of my original brain to be a more knowledgeable brain than twice the size of yours... because there apparently isn't much in there.

By: bfra on 6/29/13 at 1:28

My brain is intelligent enough to know a total brainless blob of a LIAR that insults Yogibear by using YOGI! That's enough for me!

By: bfra on 6/29/13 at 1:29

Post another LIE yogi!

By: yogiman on 6/29/13 at 3:15

I did, on the other side of the "fence", bfra. I said I love you and I honestly can't think of a better lie to post.

I'll admit, I don't really hate you, bfra, I just consider the lack of intelligence in your brain and accept it with what little is in there.

By: dargent7 on 6/29/13 at 5:16

"Cheney committed no crime..."
How in hell can you even begin a discussion or argument with a man who believes that horsesh!t?
Cheney ran Bush,, Rove was "Bush's Brain", and all in the Cabinent went along for the ride and to keep their jobs.
Mushroom clowds", yellow cake, centrifuges...even Congress was bamboozeled.
All except Obama who stood with very few against invading Iraq.
Now he's our President.

By: yogiman on 6/29/13 at 7:32

Hell, dargent7,

How many times did Barry vote in the Senate other than "Present"?

By: govskeptic on 6/30/13 at 8:03


May I remind you that Obama's opposition to the Iraq War is made up history. He
was serving although seldom casting a real vote, in the Ill Senate at the time of
the Iraq invasion, hence his opposition stance was stated when he started his
run for President after the fact. One thing he actually did support and vote for
was the OK for late term abortions.

By: bfra on 6/30/13 at 8:27

gov. - I can't find anything to back up your comment. You please show a reference as to where you got this information?

By: yogiman on 6/30/13 at 7:26

What? You can't find anything, bfra?

How can that be? You can accuse me of being a liar the minute my post is issued on this site. Regardless of what I've posted, you have the source that proves to you I'm lying. I thought you knew everything about anything that anyone posted on this site.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 7/3/13 at 9:38

This Burch character is embarrassingly stupid.