Douglas Bruce: political prisoner or blustering shmuck?

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Douglas Bruce.
Yes, as Douglas Bruce told the old the Denver Post this week after he was sentenced for felony tax evasion, "There have been other political prisoners."

But, Doug, you are not one of them.

"If they want to put me in that company, it's an unwitting compliment," he added.

Wrong again.

Bruce, an anti-tax crusader, former legislator and author of the TABOR amendment was convicted last year of attempting to influence a public servant, tax evasion and filing a false tax return. On Friday, he was handcuffed and sent to jail for six months, where he will be in the company of other felons (but few political prisoners).

He was also sentenced to six years of probation in which he will have to divulge the details of his finances to authorities. But he was so ornery during the course of the trial that the judge called his behavior "reprehensible" and said she doubts Bruce will be able to meet the terms of his probation or be successful in that endeavor.

Of course, acting like an ass is nothing new to Bruce.

His behavior has always been terrible -- something that has earned him Shmuck of the Week honors at least four times before. His brief tenure at the State Capitol alone was marked by his attempt to delay his swearing in; his calling migrant farm workers "illiterate peasants"; and his kicking of a Rocky Mountain News photographer.

But comparing himself to a political prisoner? That deserves a sentence all its own.

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Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

On Friday, he was handcuffed and sent to jail for six months, where he will be in the company of other felons (but few political prisoners).

Actually, you are wrong about that.  Any felon doing time for cannabis crimes is a political prisoner.  And there are plenty of those.

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

"political prisoner or blustering shmuck?"

Because he can't be both?

Look, I can't imagine a guy I'd less like to hang out and have a beer with, but TABOR is a major reason why the state managed to avoid spending itself into oblivion and making the recession much worse, unlike say California.

Bruce was unwise to openly provoke the state, but he doesn't deserve to be going to prison for what he did.  It is not unreasonable to believe his prosecution and punishment was motivated in part by a desire for political payback.

ryan cordova
ryan cordova

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”

Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution

What's that about income tax being unconstitutional again?

Guesto
Guesto

The income tax is unconstitutional and the IRS should be abolished. 

Ron Paul 2012 

Ubiquitous
Ubiquitous

Fine, you fucking moron. Don't like taxes? Feel free to not use the paved roads when you need to go somewhere, the fire department when your house is burning, or the police when you're in danger.  Will you, though?  Nope, you'll still go on using the things that the "unconstitutional" taxes pay for like the hypocrite you are. Stop being a pimple on society's ass, guesto.  You suck.

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