“Ask him about the cemeteries, Dean!” The speaker, if the story is true, was President Lyndon B. Johnson instructing Secretary of State Dean Rusk on what to say to French President Charles DeGaulle. The year was 1966 and DeGaulle had announced he wanted all U.S. troops out of France. Johnson thought it appropriate to ask if that included the ones in the ground.
Let's say you're like most people and believe the federal government has become too large, too wasteful, too crooked, and too intrusive. Now imagine you receive a letter from the IRS with a stern warning about “penalties for perjury” and a long list of questions and probes about your friends, associates, ideas, and political activities.