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Page 4 The people are ‘a counting’ for their own good rest of us are a of people are the rules and getting it. i A recent, in-depth news uncovered the way in which the largest accounting firms in the United States are purposely steering the country toward a kind of government that’s controlled exclusively by the wealthy. The story unfolds the actions of giant aCcounting firms that help the world’s biggest companies avoid paying taxes. Those actions don’t come from office towers in large cities. They come from inside the government itself. Consider the following excerpt from the New Times: For six years, Audrey Ellis and Adam euerstein worked together at Pw,C, the giant accounting firm, helping the world’s biggest companies avoid taxes. mid-2018, one of Mr. Feuerstein’s clients, an influential associa- tion of real estate companies, was trying to persuade government off- cials that its members should qualify for a new federal tax break. Mr. Feuerstein knew just the person to turn to for help. Ms. Ellis had recently joined the Treasury Department, and she Was drafting the rules for this very deduction. That summer, Ms. Ellis met with Mr. Feuerstetnffd h tentially worth billions of dollars to PwC’s clients. About a year later, Ms. Ellis returned to PwC, where she was imme- diately promoted to partner. She and Mr. F euerstein now work together advising large companies how to exploit wrinkles in the tax regulations that Ms. Ellis helped write. This scenario, and others like it, is detailed in public records. Worse yet, it’s not uncommon and it’s done almost as an effortless rite of pas— sage. . It’s like a recipe: Tax lawyers take senior jobs at the Treasury Depart— ment, where they write policies that are frequently favorable to their for- mer corporate clients, often with the expectation that they will soon return to their old employers. The firms welcome them back with 10ftier titles and higher pay. These individuals not only create tax loopholes, they roll back leg- islative efforts that rein in tax shelters. There’s no doubt that these arrangements have led us down a path in which the tax system as a whole has been skewed in favor of the wealth— iest people in the country. Worse yet, it’s come at the expense of every- one else. . Meanwhile, the rest of us are scraping by through what is hopefully the latter stages of a pandemic. Politicians discuss “bailouts” and unemploy- ment benefits with the gusto of Mussolini, but yet say nothing of this gov- ernment-sponsored skewering of the tax code for the benefit of the top 1 percent of .tlierjahestpepplein America... ,, . . is client’s lob— riaricinn pn- It’s true that this so-called revolving door, in} people cycle be- ‘ tween the public and private sectors, is nothing new. But the ability of the world’s largest accounting firms to embed their top lawyers inside the govemment’s most important tax—policy jobs has largely escaped public scrutiny. In the last four presidential administrations, there 'were at least 35 in- stances of round trips from big accounting firms through Treasury’s tax policy office, along with the Internal Revenue Service and the Congres- sional Joint Committee on Taxation, and back to the same firm, accord- ing to public records and interviews with government and industry officials. ' In at least 16 of those cases, the officials were promoted to partner when they rejoined their old accounting firms. The firms often double the pay of employees upon their return from their government sojoums. Some partners end up earning more than $1 million a year. Federal rules prohibit government officials from working on many matters in which they have financial interests, like having an unwritten agreement to return to their prior firm. The purpose of the rules is to avoid having officials beholden to private parties instead of working on behalf of the public, though it is hard to prove the existence of such financial en— tanglements. Clearly the rules are being ignored at best and outright ignored and stomped on at worst. . 2 Standing up against these types of actions which erode the American idea should be something that unites the public amid all our divisions. How to contact your North’Dakota delegation . Sen. John Hoeven. G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC. 20510 Phone: 202-224-2551 . Sen. Kevin Cramer B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2043 Rep. Kelly Armstrong 1004 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-2611 'COVD-delta _ . ........ ............ ..,_~‘..m.u-w.m._wm»_v-....mm.--m. am-.. . t . . “Mm...— ...._.,-m.wwwmm The Star OPINION Christian churches defy God over COVID Arrogance. Haughty arrogance. Self-righteous arrogance. Sinful arrogance. Killer arrogance. Regrettably, the time has come for someone knowledgeable in Scripture to respond to the instruc— tions of the New Testament mes- sengers who charged church ~ parishioners with challenging the malfeasance of church leaders. 'Many churches, most promi- nently Evangelical, have defied the attempt of society to stop the pandemic from killing more people with mask and distance mandates. From the pul- pits, they have preached defiance against the proposals made by ex— pert health professionals. A prominent Evangelical pastor, John MacArthur, believes that the Bible overrides COVID health or- ders and has been allowing un- masked congregants to cram into his church without regard to Cali- fornia mandates. He is' not alone: He claims that God is in his cOr-ii ner,‘“quoting a single VerSe from”i Acts enunciated by Peter and the ’ disciples. “We must obey God rather than men,” they said to the Pharisees who tried to shut them ‘ up. John MacArthur not only hangs his behavior on the single verse in Acts but, lacking other specifics, ; claims that his action is based on “biblical principles” without listing them“ His reasons are really ex- cuses to exercise secular power in his kingdom. His one verse of Scripture does not a principle make. Instead, it Although not mentioned in the Constitution, the right to privacy has been invoked by its enormous fol- lowing as thoroughly American and indispensable to our conception of liberty and freedom. Its partisans have expressed nu- merous reasons for its exalted status .in the hearts and minds of the citi- . zenry. It prevents the government from spying on the people. It protects personal data. It protects freedom of ' speech. and freedom of religion. It protects one’s reputation, voting rights and participation in politics. While not everyone agrees with the application, enforcement and scope, the right to privacy, the , Supreme Court has held, also en- compasses the use of contraception, access to abortion and, of course, pri- , vacy in our homes. The right to privacy is not enu- merated in the Constitution. Its lack of textual paternity is not unique; the ‘ right to travel, the right to marriage ‘ and the freedom of association, uni- Other Views By Lloyd B. Ormiaiii takes a preponderance of evidence that is in accord with the text and the spirit of the Gospel. So it is im- perative to review What else the Bible says on the issue. Romans 13: 1: “Let every person be subject to the governing author- ities...” ' q 1 Peter 2:13: “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institu- tion...” . Titus 3:1: “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authori- ties...” I As a typical Evangelical, MacArthur believes in a literal in- terpretation of Scripture and is quick to grab onto the apostles’ de— fiance of the Pharisees. That re- quires a discussion of a literal interpretation of the three specific verses quoted above. Shouldn’t they be taken literally? 1:1,. addition- to . these specific _ verses of scriptpre, the Bible de—‘ scribes the demeanor of Christ while He walked the earth. He never preached contention, instead advising us to be content in all things. Give up your cloaks also, walk the extra mile, turn the other cheek. He himself respected the government by paying taxes. So the churches that defy a gov- ernment trying to save the lives‘of its citizens have permitted their self-righteous arrogance to lead them astray. Scripture is not on their side no matter how prominent the speaker may be. This plague of arrogance in David Adler, The Alturas institute Dov/d Adler answers your Constitution questions Send them to this newspaper. , versally valued by Americans, are other examples of unenumerated ‘ rights. Nor does the textual omission make them less important than enu- merated rights; invariably, every right and liberty requires interpreta- tion by the courts. For many, the puzzlingvpart of the right to privacy is its origins. Like other rights and liberties, the right to privacy enters the annals of Anglo- American legal history through mere assertions that form a rhetorical tra- Christendom also runs afoul many other verses. Being that Evangeli- cals believe'that the Bible is in— errant, .4 .0 imrodnus co acknowledge numerous other verses that must be authorities in Evangelical theology. 1 Peter2:12: “Keep your behav- ior excellent among the Gentiles...” (Today the Gentiles would be the nonbelievers.) ‘ Philippians 1:17:”Conduct your— selves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ...” Romans 12:17: “Respect what is right in the sight of all men.” ‘2 Corinthians 6:5: “Giving no ‘cause in anything in order that the ministry not be discredited.” Coloss‘ians 4:5: “Conduct your- selves wisely among outsiders.” Romans 2:23-24: “The name of God. is blasphemed among the Gentiles because Of you.” ' The image of Christianity has been stained by the arrogant depar- ture fromthe teachings [of Jesus and His tapestles, The atheists, skeptics and agnostics are haVing a heyday over the hypocrisy exposed by this arrogance. ' They may not be Jesus follow— ers but they certainly know how Jesus followers ought to live. And they have rightly proclaimed that we are not living in harmony with the love of Jesus Christ. So we have not conducted our- selves worthy of the Gospel or re- spected what is right in the sight of all men. Because of us, the name of God is being blasphemed in the press and social media. As believers, we have a lot of re— penting to do. ‘ Right to privacy isn’t in the constitution, but it’s about freedom I dition, embraced and prized by its beneficiaries which, in this instance, refers to those who, centuries ago, were fortunate enough. to have homes. The immediate gateway is the Fourth Amendment, which pro- vides protection from unreasonable searches and seizures of one’s prop- erty. Prior to the American Revolution, there was scant evidence of a right to be secure in one’s home from unrea- sonable search and seizure. English law and practice permitted govern- mental ransacking of private homes and places of business upon the flim- siest pretexts of illegal possessions, especially whenever the prospects for British revenue gleaned from taxa- tion schemes were at stake. Through the mists of time, we can discern a tradition that forges a path to the Fourth Amendment and the right to privacy. The majestic Magna Privacy (Continued on Page 5) Taking a business lesson in longevity Turtle Mountain Star, people always ask just how much longer will it last. seem like a long time compared to a lot of other business owners in town. movies a lot longer than I’ve been writing sto- ries. Arne Boyum is still running a law firm. Doug and Mary Kretschmar continue to sell groceries. he still shows up for work... sometimes. around here but her story is as unique as her oc— cupation. While closing in on a quarter century at the The answer isn’t easy but 25 years doesn’t Curt and Cheryl Bonn have been showing Lowell Tupa even sold his car dealership but Then there’s Virginia Oliver. She’s not from It was 1928 when Virginia Oliver, age 8, stopped working the harvest yet. started trapping lobsters, and she hasn’t her 78—year-old son’s boat, which bears her name. In that role, she measures and bands lob- Oliver, now 101 years old, is a stemman on sters, but Oliver, of Rockland, Maine, also loads traps with small fish to attract lobsters and gets up before dawn to head out tosea. The Associated Press reported that a couple of years ago, a crab nipped her finger and she had to have seven stitches. When the doctor asked Oliver why she was still lobstering, she snapped back, “Well, that’s ’cause I‘want to do it.” Oliver has no plans to retire. “I like being along the water. And so I’m going to keep on doing it just as long as I can.” I don’t think I can match Virginia’s longevity, but doing something you love is hard to leave behind. Like every business owner, life running an operation — especially in today’s world can be difficult, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. September 27,2021 Pages from the past... 10 years ago September 26, 2011 Callie Sivertson and Dustin De- Mers were crowned homecoming queen and kingat St. John school. The Dunseith High School crowned Tyler Keplin and Tamara Beck as homecoming king and queen. Alex J acobsen, of Rock Lake, re- ceived the Swanson Family Presi- dential Scholarship from the University of North Dakota for the 2011-12 academic year. Three area students were among the 386 students to graduate from North Dakota State University in the summer 2011 class. The graduates were Clint Parisien, Belcourt, and Anna Schleisman and Lee Vandal, both of Rolla. Pvt. Kelsey Jay has completed 10 weeks of basic training for the U. S. Army National Guard at Fort Jack- son, South Carolina. Brooke Lentz, of Rolla, received the Anton & Anna Thompson Presi- dential Scholarship from the Univer- srty of North Dakota for the 2011-12 n..— J The friendly rivalry between the I Rolette—Wolford Comets and Rolla Bulldogs kiCked up again last week. The players come together to cheer for the football co-op involving the school, but on the court, it’s all busi- ness. The Bulldogs took care of that business Thursday night on the road, downing the Comets 3-1. The St. John Woodchucks football team capped off their homecoming activities last week with a convinc- ing 52-14 win over Four Winds. The St. John Woodchuck volley- ball team got back on the winning track last Tuesday night, sweeping by Belcourt 25:15, 25—15 and 25—21. Everett Lervik, a senior on the North Prairie football team, and Mary Jo Guilbert, a sophomore on the Rolla volleyball team, were named Athletes of the Week. The Dunseith Dragon Cross Country team traveled to Cooper- stown on Saturday, September 17, and every runner finished in the top 25. Chandra Yankton claimed first' \ place in the girls varsity division with a time of 15.37. ' 30 years ago September 30, 1991 Nichole Thomas, daughter of Manny and Antoinette Thomas, and Jody Zerr, son of Dale and Sonia Zerr, were chosen homecoming king and queen at Turtle Mountain Com— munity High School in Belcourt. Ernest and Anna Biberdorf, and their son William Biberdorf and his wife Kimberly have been chosen by the Rolette County Soil Conserva— tion District as the 1991 SOil Con- servation Achievement Winners. Larry DeCoteau of Dunseith has been invited to participate in Tribal Arts ’91, the Northern Plains Tribal Art Show and Market which will be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota September 26-29. Erin Viving, a senior at Rolla High School, has been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The Belcourt Braves cross-coun- try team placed 11th out of 17 teams in a meet held in Bismarck on Satur- day. Jamie Hamley finished 42nd overall and was the Braves’ top fin- isher out of 105 total runners. The Belcourt Bravettes captured the siXth place trophy in the Grand Forks Optimist girls basketball tour- nament held over the weekend. Bel— court was led offensively by Kelly Davis with 14 points and April Keplin with .12 points. Leigha Zerr and Nada Parisien each had eight points and Gina LaRocque chipped in with seven points. ‘ 60 years ago September 28, 1961 Sharon Bergan of Egeland has been named as one of the first win- ners of the Alumni Special Scholar— ships in Applied Music at the University of North'Dakota. A new 8-car “carport” is being constructed‘at the Theel Chevrolet Company car lot at the east end of Main and is expected to be com—' pleted this week. Mrs. Esther LaFrance of Rolla Super Valu has presented avset of the Golden Book Encyclopedias to G. V A. Tooley, superintendent of the Rolla school. The Golden Book En- cyclopedias are the only complete set of reference books created espe- cially for children. Ric Theel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Theel of Rolla and a 1961 graduate of Rolla high school, is at- tending General Motors Institute at Flint, Mich.