Cock Tax: Bites even after death

One of the most pernicious taxes known to man is cock tax…bites you even after death:

She married a fabulously wealthy man decades her elder, and became the first female mayor of San Diego. But when Maureen O’Connor left public life, she spent countless hours seated in front of video-poker machines.

Over a nine-year period, she wagered an estimated $US1 billion ($965 million), including millions from a charity set up by her late husband, who founded Jack in the Box, a US fast-food chain. 

That was the portrait that emerged in a US court on Thursday as the frail former mayor tearfully acknowledged she skimmed more than $US2 million from a charity founded by her late husband, Robert O. Peterson.

O’Connor, 66, admitted in a plea deal that she had a gambling addiction and is nearly destitute. Her lawyer, prominent defence attorney Eugene Iredale, suggested that a brain tumour may have impaired her reasoning; he gave reporters copies of her brain scan from a 2011 surgery.

O’Connor’s rapidly declining medical condition “renders it highly improbable – if not impossible – that she could be brought to trial,” according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors.

No one can spend like a politician can spend.


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