First some background for those who have not been following along
Independent Baptist minister and young earth creationist Kent Hovind, nearing the end of a long prison sentence for tax related crimes, finds himself facing more time in prison. In mid-March, he was convicted of contempt of court, while the jury hung on more serious fraud and conspiracy charges. He faces retrial on May 18th.
If he had run his organization as a 501(c)(3) organization, taking most of his compensation as a tax free housing allowance and electing out of social security, he would probably have quite a little empire there in Pensacola without having paid much in the way of taxes. Clearly he was not motivated by greed in his war with the government. As one of the people Jonathan Schwartz interviewed mention "Hovind picked a strange hill to die on."
One of the regular features of LoneStar1776 is a weekly meeting of Hovindicators to discuss how the campaign is going. Their perennial concern is to move the cause closer to the evangelical right wing mainstream.
The big news, a bit past the 25:00 mark, comes from Erin Davis. A Rand Paul delegate will be making an appeal to Rand to come out in favor of Kent Hovind. She was assured that the Senator is already aware of and sympathetic to Kent Hovind's plight.
Hovindologists that I have mentioned this development to are dismissive of the notion that it might come to anything. I don't agree with their analysis. Ed and Elaine Brown held similar view on the validity of the income tax to "I'm not a tax protester" Kent Hovind. They took much more extreme measures, holing up in their home with a stockpile of food and weapons. Nonetheless Presidential candidate Senator Ron Paul endorsed their stand comparing them to Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
If Rand Paul were to pledge that after his election one of his first acts will be to pardon Kent Hovind, there might be a good bit of upside for him. It just might bring a decent number of alienated voters into his fold. He can insulate himself from criticism from potential supporters who are closer to the center by focusing on IRS heavy handiness and the amount of time that Hovind has already served. I really think a pledge like that is a winner for him with little downside. There is a lot of alignment between the Hovindication movement and the Rand Paul campaign.
I have to say that I thought this piece was almost forbes worthy, but I think I'll wait to hear something directly from a Rand Paul source. Also I have quite a backlog of straight tax material for forbes right now.
Peter J Reilly CPA hopes to be the first tax blogger to give up his day job. He has no interest in moving to China, but is open to other offers of all expense-paid travel.