A deal with Switzerland settling U.S. demands for the names of suspected tax dodgers from a Swiss bank has a lot of wealthy Americans with offshore accounts nervously running to their tax advisers -- and the Internal Revenue Service.Reached for comment, Throckmorton Q. Bugglethwiddy blended panic and fury:
"They are very frightened," said Richard Boggs, chief executive of Nationwide Tax Relief, a Los-Angeles-based tax firm that specializes in clients with tax debts exceeding $100,000. "You have the super rich who are not used to being pushed around and they are finding themselves in unfamiliar territory."
"Biff assured me that the fix was in!
- We made all of the right contributions at campaign time.
- We sucked it up on the mortgage cramdown.
- We took a bath on the General Motors debt.
- We didn't blow the lid off the deal when Waxman-Markey went south.
- We even bought every stupid feature in Oprah's book club.
The Sixteenth Amendment was a fine game, as long as only the little people really felt the bite. It's turning into ancient Rome. Who do they think I am, Mikhail Khodorkovsky?
Why, oh why, did I fund that 527 Organization to help elect that joker? I've been such a fool."