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Proposed House bill by Rep. Steve Stockman puts taxpayers on equal footing as IRS
Hotair ^ | 06/20/2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 06/20/2014 4:54:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

This nation was founded on the rule of law, and the equality of treatment under such. With that in mind, Rep. Steve Stockman will offer taxpayers access to the same set of excuses used by the IRS when dealing with inquiries into the tax records — and those of other politicians in scandals of their own. The new bill, titled “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” would allow taxpayers to use any of the following ten reasons as a positive defense during an audit:

1. The dog ate my tax receipts
2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3. Traded documents for five terrorists
4. Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5. Left on table in Hillary’s Book Room
6. Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
7. Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8. Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9. Was short on toilet paper while camping
10. At this point, what difference does it make?

Stockman issued a statement along with the text of his bill:

“The United States was founded on the belief government is subservient and accountable to the people. Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves,” said Stockman. “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.”

Well, the Obama administration and a few others, too. Stockman takes a shot at the late Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick, and #9 might be best understood as a shot at the Maduro government’s rationing of toilet paper (among many other items) in Venezuela. Stockman’s willing to go outside the IRS scandal when dealing with Obama administration excuses too, with #3 aimed at the Taliban 5 trade and #7 a response to Operation Fast & Furious. Hillary Clinton gets two references, one on Benghazi during her time in the administration, and another on her disastrous book tour.

Of course, this is trolling of the highest order, as Baseball Crank noted on Twitter:

Yes, this is a Congressman straight-up trolling. But it's tremendous trolling.

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 20, 2014

It still makes the point that the IRS enjoys a tremendous power imbalance when it comes to dealing with taxpayers. The only way they can legitimately maintain that is to have scrupulous ethics and refrain from any sort of political taint. Otherwise, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2ndthread; congress; irs; stevestockman

1 posted on 06/20/2014 4:54:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; verga


2 posted on 06/20/2014 4:58:32 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

If he really wanted this bill to be taken more seriously, he could have come up with a more formal name for it rather than call it the mocking: “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act”.

Just saying.

3 posted on 06/20/2014 5:02:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

No its perfect. Let the ridiculousness shine through and expose Obama for what he is.

And not one damn GOP idiot better block this.

4 posted on 06/20/2014 5:06:57 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Much better idea - Abolish the IRS entirely.
Get rid of 42,000 pages of IRS rules.
Legislate a flat tax (even Russia has a flat tax)
for individual tax payers.
Must be simple, can be prepared on a post card.

For corporations, legislate a flat tax based on gross sales.
That will drive inefficient outfits out of business and help efficient ones prosper and grow and expand.

5 posted on 06/20/2014 5:21:34 PM PDT by entropy12 (Obummer = worst president ever, thanks to voters who abstained on election day!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gotta love it!

6 posted on 06/20/2014 6:09:46 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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7 posted on 06/20/2014 6:12:24 PM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good grief...this is serious business.

8 posted on 06/20/2014 6:17:39 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: FatherofFive

Forward it to our IRS pals

9 posted on 06/20/2014 7:00:17 PM PDT by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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