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"They Can't Do This To Me"

A recent article for the New York Times Magazine, "Life is a Contact Sport", (fee for viewing), describes a mandatory symposium for all NFL rookies, to "breed the thug life out of any rookie so inclined." In the midst of the article is a wonderful anecdote:

Kendrell Bell, a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, tells of his great awakening to the verities of income tax: "I got a million-dollar signing bonus. But then I got the check, and it was only $624,000. I thought, Oh, well, I'll get the other half later. Then I found out that's all there was. I thought, They can't do this to me. Then I got on the Internet and I found out they can."
Welcome to the US income tax system, Kendrell!

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