New Bill Challenges IRS Double Standard; Holder Clears Committee

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) wants all U.S. taxpayers to enjoy the same immunity from IRS penalties and interest as House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Obama administration Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner apparently have.  Carter yesterday introduced legislation to make that happen. Carter, who is fifth in line in Republican leadership as secretary of the House Republican Conference, introduced The Rangel Rule Act of 2009 (H.R. 735), which allows any taxpayer who wrote “Rangel Rule” on their return when paying back taxes would be immune from penalties and interest.

“We must show the American people that Congress is following the same law and the same legal process as we expect them to follow,” Carter said. “That has not been done in the ongoing case against Chairman Rangel, nor in the instance of our new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. If we don’t hold our highest elected officials to the same standards as regular working folks, we owe it to our constituents to change those standards so everyone is abiding by the same law. Americans believe in blind justice, which shows no favoritism to the wealthy or powerful.”

Carter also said the tax law change could offer positive economic stimulus benefits, as it would free many taxpayers from massive debts to the IRS, restoring those funds to the free market to help create jobs.

Stimulus Bill

The House of Representatives last night voted 244-188 to pass the trillion-dollar spending bill authored by the Democrat leadership and the Obama White House. Not one Republican voted for this massive spending bill that is being disingenuously sold to the American people as a stimulus package to help our ailing economy. This bill is so fraudulent in its stated purpose that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could not hold her usual lock-step caucus in line as 11 Democrats bolted to join Republicans in rejecting the notion of broad-based government redistribution of wealth as a means to stimulate the economy. (Boyd, Bright, Cooper, Ellsworth, Griffith, Kanjorski, Kratovil, Minnick, Peterson, Shuler, Taylor are the defecting Democrats).

“This was a bipartisan rejection of a partisan bill,” said Republican Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) after the vote last night. “It is time for Capitol Hill Democrats to finally work with Republicans on a job creation package that lets families and small businesses keep more of what they earn and that is supported by the bipartisan majority that the American people expect on an issue so important.”

Earlier in the evening, Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Ways & Means Committee Ranking Republican Dave Camp (R-Mich.) offered as an amendment the GOP alternative, which offered free market solutions in the form of tax cuts and incentives for actual taxpayers to keep more of their own money. According to methodology used by Dr. Christina Romer, President Obama’s own nominee as Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the Republican alternative package would have created 6.2 million new American jobs over the next two years. House Democrats rejected this actual stimulus plan.

Holder Voted Out of Committee

Attorney General designee Eric Holder cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday by a vote of 17-2. The two votes against the former Clinton deputy attorney general at the center of scandal after scandal during his tenure at the Justice Department came from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

During the hearings, Coburn had expressed grave doubts about the fitness of Holder to serve as the attorney general due to his admissions under questioning that he believed former President Bill Clinton made a “reasonable decision” when he granted clemency to 18 Puerto Rican FALN terrorists responsible for a rampage of murders, bank robberies and bombings in the United States. Coburn is also a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and expressed grave doubts that Holder would work to uphold stare decisis in gun rights matters based on Holder’s amicus brief as an individual in support of DC v. Heller gun ban.

In a written statement released yesterday, Cornyn said, “After carefully studying Mr. Holder’s record as Deputy Attorney General, I was left with doubts about his judgment and his independence from the political wishes of his higher-ups within the Clinton Administration. I was also concerned that Mr. Holder’s record demonstrated a failure to understand the profound threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism. And I was further troubled by his apparent hostility to the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Those members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voting in favor of Holder:

Arlen Specter (R-Pa.)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)
Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
Herb Kohl (D-Wis.)
Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.)
Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis.)
Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)
Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Don Wyden (D-OR)
Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
Edward E. Kaufman (D-Del.)

A vote on the Holder nomination by the full Senate is expected Monday.