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August 14, 2006
Why Eric Solomon Should Not Be Confirmed Assistant Treasury Secretary
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Tax Notes on August 14, 2006

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To the Editor:

Tax Notes has reported numerous letters in support of Eric Solomon's nomination as assistant secretary of the Treasury for tax policy. I can find nary a word spoken or written against him.

This one-sided reporting needs to be rectified. Journalistic balance must be restored. To assist you in this endeavor, I have prepared the following Top Ten List why Eric Solomon should not be approved:

Top Ten Reasons To Reject Eric Solomon's Nomination

      10. High praise from IRS commissioner proves he's too anti-taxpayer

      9. High praise from bar associations and CPA societies proves he's too pro-taxpayer

      8. High praise from underlings proves he's too bureaucratic

      7. High praise at tax conferences proves he's too accessible

      6. Already has had far too many titles for one person's lifetime

      5. As new Tax King Solomon, likely to propose cutting all tax deductions in half

      4. Tax Notes goes easy on him because biblical Solomon was Sheppard's son

      3. Photo ops with president will make W. look bigger than Shaq

      2. If approved, D.C. sidewalk vendors will be stuck with 10,000 "Free Eric Solomon" T-shirts

      1. Closing the tax gap just ain't worth it

Having had the honor and privilege of serving on several bar association and tax conference panels with Eric, as well as observing his efforts as an exemplary government official, my suspicion and hope is that these 10 reasons will not carry the day.

        Sheldon I. Banoff
        Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
        Aug. 3, 2006

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