Authenticity still important to some

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist I can understand why people throw things at Barry Bonds. No baseball aficionado am I, but even I’ve heard folks over the years say the San Francisco Giants slugger was to nice as Eva Longoria is to butt-ugly. Indeed, Bonds was reputed to be a jerk of such antisocial magnificence […]

Consumption tax would mean relief

By Mona Charen “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” — Will Rogers A 2003 survey by Bankrate.com asked Americans whether they ever cheated on their taxes. Eighty-seven percent said, rather huffily, certainly not! But 13 percent said (I paraphrase), whaddya mean cheat? Well, now, 13 percent […]

Fraud becoming standard practice

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Call it the revenge of Milli Vanilli. You remember them, right? The pop music duo that came out of nowhere to score one of 1989’s biggest hits, an album called “Girl, You Know It’s True?” But “true” is one thing Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan never were. One year, 7 million […]