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WASHINGTON, DC) – 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.
Yes, more please. Strategic planning takes time. But there are at least two Congressional tactics that could prove useful to the Repubs right now. One is a periodic "show and tell" which revives the William Proxmire "Golden Fleece" award, or something similar. The obvious target would be the "stimulus" plan. But awards should not be limited just to exposing planned obaminations (sic) but to existing Dem constituency payoffs and other bad laws and decisions. Judge Carter's imaginative proposal offers a second tactical tool through legislative jiu jitsu. Turn Dem proposals, or moral and ethical misconduct, on their heads by offering parallel bills that serve to expose bad, or just weak, costly and "unintended consequences"-filled bills. And of course make all this publicity worthy.