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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Rangel Rule

Rep. John Carter, (R-TX) introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate all IRS penalties and interest for paying taxes past due.
The legislation calls for the creation of what he calls the, "Rangel Rule," -- drawing attention to the recent legal issues of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., enabling citizens who fail to pay taxes on time to do so later with no additional fees.

Rangel, who writes the country's tax policies, acknowledged last fall that he failed to pay thousands in real estate taxes for rental income he earned from a property in the Dominican Republic.

As of September 2008 the Harlem Democrat reportedly paid back more than $10,000 in taxes but that did not include any IRS penalties.
The media has demonstrated that they will downplay as much as they can scandals involving Democrats. Obviously this legislation has no chance since Rangel and his fellow congresscritters enjoy being above the law. However, maybe even while failing stunts like this will force a little more coverage of Dem scandals. I doubt it will make much difference, but at least we are doing something. Just as the unified vote against the awful "stimulus" bill did not stop it from passing but does allow Republicans to make the case that the crap sandwich isn't of their making.

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