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PAGING CHRIS ABELE

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 I think you're stealing Steve Martin's routine:

You.. can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You say.. "Steve.. how can I be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes?"

First.. get a million dollars. Now.. you say, "Steve.. what do I say to the tax man when he comes to my door and says, 'You.. have never paid taxes'?" Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: "I forgot!"

How many times do we let ourselves get into terrible situations because we don't say "I forgot"? Let's say you're on trial for armed robbery.

You say to the judge, "I forgot armed robbery was illegal." Let's suppose he says back to you, "You have committed a foul crime. you have stolen hundreds and thousands of dollars from people at random, and you say, 'I forgot'?"

Two simple words: Excuuuuuse me!!"

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From Dan Bice's story:

Millionaire philanthropist Chris Abele, one of two candidates for Milwaukee County executive, was hit with a federal tax lien in 2003 over millions in unpaid federal taxes.

The lien, filed in November 2003, said Abele owed the Internal Revenue Service more than $2.3 million in income taxes for the 1999 tax year, according to records obtained from the county Register of Deed's Office. The lien was placed on his condo on N. Prospect Ave. at the time.

Records show the lien was released a little more than a month later, meaning he either paid off the sum or set up a payment plan acceptable to federal tax collectors.

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