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Cause a flap before flat tax becomes law

Dear Editor,

In Jonathan Swift’s 18th-Century “Gulliver’s Travels,” Gulliver travels to Laputa, a futurist Utopia where leaders “are so taken up with intense speculations, that they neither can speak, nor attend to the discourses of others, without being roused by some external taction (tapping) upon the organs of speech and hearing.” For this reason, the rulers kept a “flapper,” a domestic without whom the leader never “walks abroad or makes visits.”
“The business of (the flapper) is to gently strike his mouth, eyes (or ears), with a bladder (filled with dried peas, or little pebbles, on the end ...

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