Could David Kaczynski's agony finally be over? It's been more than three years since he made the decision to inform authorities of his suspicion that his brother, Theodore, was the Unabomber. . . .
Kaczynski and his wife were given a $1 million reward by the federal government for their indispensable role in bringing the Unabomber case to justice. They announced plans to give the money to Theodore Kaczynski's victims and their families.
A third of that money, though, would have to have been paid to the IRS. Any donations made by Kaczynski in excess of $20,000 would have been subject to federal gift taxes as well. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., proposed sensible legislation to spare Kaczynski and his wife from such a cruel tax burden. But the bill died at the hands of Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas. . . .
So leave it, again, to Kaczynski to find a sensible way out of this unnecessary mess. The $535,000 that he's put into his tax-exempt Unabom Survivors Fund -- the rest goes to pay his own legal bills and taxes he can't avoid -- will benefit victims of violent crimes committed by paranoid schizophrenics in the seven states where the Unabomber struck. . . .
The restrictions on the fund are enough to satisfy the federal requirements for tax-exempt status. They're enough, too, to make Kaczynski look like an accountant. He's not, of course. He's simply a humanitarian. The government . . . could use more of them.