Skip to comments.Help Me Give America a Tax Holiday (Rep. Gohmert's plan to suspend income tax for 2 months)
Posted on 12/06/2008 6:46:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Bailing out a leaky boat may be the only way to prevent it from sinking, but bailing out sinking banks with taxpayer dollars is no way to keep our economy from sinking.
I was one of the House conservatives who opposed the massive bank bailout last October because I didnt believe that government was smarter than the stock market. And now that about $350 billion in taxpayers money has been spent without much success, I think it should stop right now. Thats why when Congress reconvenes -- presumably Monday -- Ill introduce legislation to give all Americans a two-month income tax holiday.
Just think about how massive this bureaucratic nightmare has become. An estimated $7.7 trillion is being committed to bailouts by U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Compare that to the $1.2 trillion that will be paid in individual income tax for the 2008 tax year. In a matter of months, these men have committed 6.5 times what people will pay in income tax for the entire year.
Imagine if instead of those billions being squandered through failed bailouts, Americans could keep their own hard earned tax money to use as they need. Its too late to stop government from spending the first $350 billion, but its not too late to take the other half of the original $700 billion and give it to the American taxpayer to do with it what he or she chooses.
Instead of allowing Americans to use their own money to decide which companies deserve to be stimulated or bailed out, our government granted that power to one man who is giddily giving away (they call it investing) tens of billions of dollars each week in hopes something will re-create confidence in our economy. And it isnt working.
One reason it isnt working is that Secretary Paulson did too good a job convincing everyone that the financial sky was falling. He spent two weeks on national media proclaiming this. (After the bailout bill was defeated the first time in the House, I woke up the next morning and looked out my window. Sure enough, the sun was rising and the sky wasnt lying in pieces on my front lawn). But economic fear is like the most contagious of diseases -- easy to spread, but terribly difficult to stop.
The panic that Secretary Paulson helped create will have to be calmed by others.
After I discussed the matter with several colleagues, the idea of returning an entire year of income tax was not catching enough groundswell. The idea of ending the ability of Secretary Paulson to squander his last $350 billion on firms run by his former Wall Street cronies, however, was catching plenty. Pair that with at least two months of each taxpayer keeping his or her own tax dollars, and you have a great start to making people feel in control over and optimistic about their finances.
Newt Gingrich is one of the most amazing conservative idea people in the country. His and Jed Babbins suggestions and encouragement led to my current proposal of instating a two-month tax holiday during January and February 2009.
Already, some have questioned whether this will be too difficult for accountants to implement in preparing the paychecks for those two months. It will require NOT deducting the federal income tax withholding and NOT deducting the FICA from the check and the employer NOT rushing to make the employers payment to the IRS for the FICA. Some have wondered if that wont really confuse accountants trying to figure out the 2009 tax return. Since January and February will be income tax-free months, then any ordinary income during those months would be tax free. That should be easier to figure than the Alternative Minimum Tax!
One question I have heard is, Wont some people be tempted to put some of that money in the bank instead of spending it? Consider that one of the biggest problems with the economy has been the lack of confidence. That fear must be calmed, and our Wizards of Loss in Washington have not helped. If some Americans finally put a little nest egg or emergency fund in the bank, everyone will win, but especially the market and the economy.
Another question has been whether this proposal will put money in the hands of the people who have caused our economic problem. Consider that Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke have been spending hundreds of billions of dollars trying to loosen up the credit logjam in order to create more borrowing in America. Also, consider that another purpose has been to help allow those delinquent on their mortgages to refinance or borrow money to catch up.
Then comes the most important question: Is there even a snowballs chance of this getting to the floor of Congress for a vote? Well, that depends entirely upon the American public -- the same public that flexed its persuasive muscles in August and September when it made clear that Democrats might jeopardize their majority if they passed another moratorium on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf while fuel was so terribly expensive.
With their overwhelming feedback, the public helped Conservatives to defeat the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill, persuaded the Democrats to give up (at least temporarily) on the offshore drilling ban, and won battle after battle in the last Congress.
The public speaks with a powerful voice. If we raise that voice to Speaker Pelosi, we will be heard and we may well be able to get this bill to the floor.
The bottom line is that the bill will give you more of your money; we will make the case for doing so. But if the American public decides that it is just not smart enough to spend its own money and needs someone in Washington to do it for them, Washington has certainly shown that it can do so.
On the other hand, if the American public decides they are sick and tired of their hard-earned tax dollars being squandered with people who dont deserve it, and that the public cant really do any worse with their own money, then its loud voice will be heard, and, for two months, the American taxpayers will get all of their money.
To make this happen, voices must be raised to each and every Representative and Senator to quit letting arrogant D.C. bureaucrats throw money all over the horizon and let people keep some of their own. Americans will get whatever they demand. Americans choose. Please make your voice heard.
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Louie Gohmert, a Republican, has represented the First Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005.
only permanent tax cuts will stimulate the economy.
How about also raising the mortgage deduction by 200 or 300% for people current on their payments throughout the tax year?
If Representative Gohmert thinks this would be easy to calculate and audit, he should have spoken to people who do this stuff for a living instead of his colleagues. Chances are none of the experts he spoke to have even done their own tax return, let alone something complicated.
I happen to think that allowing American workers to keep their entire paychecks for two months just might wake them up as to how much government actually costs them.
I’m all for this idea! Let’s get’r done!
yeah just what we need: more debt. Americans need to invest more.
is it worth going into more debt which will result in higher taxes?
I like your idea
That way I can cash in my 401(k) or IRA and immediately replace it with a ROTH IRA.
That way I avoid all future income tax payments on the money deposited earlier (or earned on those deposits), and reap the tax benefits of a ROTH IRA.
I like my plan much better.
Yes. It puts the money where it can do some good, in the hands of people who are keeping this country going. And it provides an incentive to those thinking about sending the keys back to hang in there.
I completely agree. Not only that, but there would be some serious shenanigans. The reprecussions would be far more than 2 months worth of federal revenue. People like me would push every penny of income possible into jan/feb. Further, we would take all of our income as wages in those two months and shift dividend disbursements to the last 10 months.
IF this were to happen, which it won’t, it makes far more sense to do an across the board tax cut to even out the loss of revenue over the year. i.e. 20% becomes 16.7%. 35% becomes 29.17%. (take each rate and multiply it by 10/12).
It sure as h*ll beats letting Hank Paulson pass out another $350 Billion to his Wall Street buddies!
send the idea to congress! It rewards those who are making payments and helps all who have purchased a home -
you are right on that one. too big a government is worthless to the economy.
How about going back to allowing all mortgage interest to be duducted. We don’t have a large enough mortgage to pay enough interest to make it a deduction so we get ziltch.
Oh goody, a two month tax gimmick from Representative
Gomer. That’s fundimental change.
Reduce your tax liability by 1/6 for the year. Is it that tough?
that’s why after 8 years, we still don’t have a flat tax and the govt (non-defense) is even bigger than it was under Clinton.
and then you get zonked with higher taxes when it’s over.
Yet another benefit.
and Obama is not as bad as Hugo chavez...but why can’t we come up with meaningful policies for a change?
It reminds me of the GOP response to the bailout. Mike Pence had a great plan but it was buried by the main alternative GOP plan which involved a mortgage insurance scheme and suspension of dividend payments. These republicans were ridiculed by the financial world for this stupid plan and the anti-bailout movement was ruined.
This is the #1 reason why this plan will never see the light of day. Can you imagine everyones reaction when, after the tax holiday expires, everyone sees their take home pay shrink by 30% or more?
The second reason is that congress would much rather send EVERYONE a small check whether or not they work. This way all the brain dead who voted for the crop of Marxists we just elected can say ,"Wow!!! Barack just sent me a check!!! He's bought me for another 4 years.".
I like your plan better too.
Nice diea as far as it goes. Suspend FICA, too. But a 12-month holiday would be even better. We need to cut taxes as JFK, Reagan, and W all did to very good effect.
BTW, if BO wants to cut taxes for people who don’t pay income tax, why not just cut FICA instead of writing them a welfare check and calling it a tax cut?
I and others like my plan better than yours.
To me that is the only benefit of doing this. But I don’t thing the reaction will be strong enough. Otherwise it is a stupid idea for all of the reasons others have mentioned and then some. Nothing but a gimmick.
And don't make the mistake of applying common sense logic to tax law; they do not have a solid relationship, just a passing acquaintance.
We need to contact our congresscritters and tell them to support this tax holiday.