I love it. If we’re destined to be stuck in the minority for the foreseeable future, we might as well have fun with it.
The legislation calls for the creation of what [Rep. John Carter, R-Texas] 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.
“As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, I believe you set an example for all American taxpayers in your dealings with the IRS, and that you must do so in a way that enforces blind justice without regard to wealth or status,” he wrote in the January 6th missive.
The sweetest part of this? When it comes to legislative stunts aimed at redressing supposed economic inequality, Carter obviously learned from the master. Exit question: Can we add an amendment to the bill for taxpayer-paid Cadillacs and rent-controlled apartments, too?