Friday, September 24, 2010

Deep Due Due

In an excellent article on an especially blatantly fraudulent astroturf organization called "Americans for Job Security" Mike McIntire reports this daring assault on the English language

Asked how it could have collected no dues in 2007, neither Mr. Dubke nor Mr. DeMaura offered an answer. Mr. DeMaura said that there is no set membership fee and that members are not required to pay annually.

In other words the "membership dues" are not due. It seems to me to call a voluntary contribution "dues" is to make a false statement. The phrase is quoted from a tax return. The IRS has not responded to a complaint by Public Citizen.

More journalism like this please.

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