The game so far:
Apple is up before a Congressional committee for exploiting certain provisions in the U.S. tax code to avoid paying certain taxes. This is, in months without an "r," a bad thing and should be punished.
Meanwhile, some IRS employees are up before a Congressional committee for questioning the validity of efforts by certain organizations to avoid paying certain taxes on the grounds that they were not political in nature, despite the fact that their names included such phrases as “Tea Party” and “patriot.”
Pop quiz: Can you spot the one phrase common to each case?
Who, exactly, is supposed to be surprised by any of this? Discuss, using what you have learned in this course.
Bonus question: Speaking of Congressional committees, how is it that these various provisions, exceptions, and exceptions to the exceptions of tax law come into being?