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4 MILLION WORDS

The U.S. Internal Revenue Code (Code) is said to contain 4 million words (See, “Taming the tax doe beast,” by George Will, Washington Post). There are 884,421 words in Shakespeare’s 43 works (www.opensourceshakespeare.org/stats/).  Which is more worthy of its wordiness?  Tax reform is sorely needed.

4 MILLION WORDS

(To the tune of folk song, “500 miles,” by Hedy West, recorded by many including The Journeymen and Peter Paul and Mary)

Try to read the Code my son
You’d be dead before you’re done
It would take a life to run
4 million words

Words that no one understands
Try and you’d throw up your hands
No one begged for or demands
4 million words

4 million words, 4 million words
To enact 4 million words
Breeds a fact that is absurd
4 million words

What brings dread? What brings fear?
I would rather read Shakespeare
Must we deal with every year?
4 million words?

With each tax return you file
Words are added by the mile
Stir that cauldron of tax bile
4 million words

4 million words, 4 million words
Do we need 4 million words?
Nay, ‘twas politics that spurred
4 million words

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

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