Representative Charles Rangel (DEMOCRAT New York) who managed to so screw up his personal taxes that he had to hire a Forensic Accountan
t, apparently got a sweetheart deal from the IRS. Despite filing his taxes totally wrong for years, he paid no penalties or fines. If it had been you, or me, we would have been slaves for life paying the IRS for all the penalties and fines we owed.
The "Rangel Rule" [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Rep. John Carter, a Texas Republican, sent out a press release earlier today about his innovative new bill:
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 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.
I wonder why Representative Rangel didn't propose this legislation. After all, aren't the Democrats always telling us that they believe the rules should apply to everyone equally? Yet, Representative Rangel didn't think that we the people should get that kind of sweetheart deal from the IRS.
I fully support this legislation. I'd like to offer my sincere appreciation and admiration to Representative Carter. Fairness demands that everyone get the same forgiveness as the elected and appointed doesn't it Dems?