No matter who we voted for, we can all agree that this has been the nastiest presidential election since Thomas Jefferson called John Adams a hermaphroditic bastard. This week it’s finally (finally!) come to an end. Whether you’re elated or nauseated by the results, there’s probably one emotion you share with most Americans right now: relief that the campaign is over. You’ve taken a long hot shower, and you got to enjoy your Sunday afternoon football with no political ads.
Our story this week starts with Joseph L. Jackson and his wife Sylvia. Joseph told the church’s board of directors that he didn’t want an actual, taxable salary for his work. However, he said, he would be perfectly delighted to receive “love offerings,” gifts, or loans from the church. In 2012, the couple signed $4,815 worth of checks payable to Mr. Jackson, with “love offering” or “love gift” marked on the memo line and was looking for a little love from the friendly folks of the IRS.Continue reading →