I'm cackling at US Rep. John Carter's latest legislative proposal. He's taken to heart the politically-well-connected tax cheats (Rangel and Geithner, whom we mentioned just the other day) who've used their connections to escape the consequences of their crimes: and he's done something about it - something original.
All U.S. taxpayers would enjoy the same immunity from IRS penalties and interest as House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Obama Administration Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, if a bill introduced today [01-28-2009] by Congressman John Carter (R-TX) becomes law.
Carter, a former longtime Texas judge, today introduced the Rangel Rule Act of 2009, HR 735, which would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from charging penalties and interest on back taxes against U.S. citizens. Under the proposed law, any taxpayer who wrote “Rangel Rule” on their return when paying back taxes would be immune from penalties and interest.
“We must show the American people that Congress is following the same law, and the same legal process as we expect them to follow,” says Carter. “That has not been done in the ongoing case against Chairman Rangel, nor in the instance of our new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. If we don’t hold our highest elected officials to the same standards as regular working folks, we owe it to our constituents to change those standards so everyone is abiding by the same law. Americans believe in blind justice, which shows no favoritism to the wealthy or powerful.”
Carter also said the tax law change will provide good economic stimulus benefits, as it would free many taxpayers from massive debts to the IRS, restoring those funds to the free market to help create jobs.
Let's hear it for the Congressman! Regrettably, I don't think his bill has a chance of going anywhere in the Democrat-controlled Congress . . . but he's got the right idea. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and the law for the rich and powerful should be precisely the same for the poor and powerless.
Congressman Carter, if I'm ever resident in a district you represent (or want to represent), you've got my vote.