"The King was not happy. He had sentenced his royal barrister, the royal alchemist, and the royal CPA to an appointment with physician Monsieur Joseph-Ignace Guillotin’s contraption for their part in the organization, financing, and collapse of the lead-to-gold alchemy plant, which had failed miserably and taken the royal treasury with it. First, the barrister, head lain to watch the Grim Reaper’s scythe descend upon him. The executioner hauled on the lanyard, the blade fell six inches and then stuck fast. As custom had it, Providence intervened on behalf of an innocent man, and the barrister was set free. And likewise, when it came the alchemist’s turn at justice. However, the royal CPA, when in his repose and in view of the blade, exclaimed, “Wait a minute! I think I see the problem!” This illustrates my reason for addressing the “ability to pay” under 8 C.F.R. § 204.5(g)(2) and related Yates memo testing issues." - From the June 1, 2012 issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin, by Robert W. Alcorn, MBA, CPA. You can meet Mr. Alcorn at the AILA convention in Nashville. Not yet a subscriber to BIB? Call: 1-800-833-9844 or click here.