While the GOP as a whole needs revamping… some in there still have juice…
From Rep. John Carter (R. — Tex) the Timothy Geithner Penalty Waiver Act and here’s Carter’s press release:
Carter says the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution mandates equal penalties for similar offenses, and that the failure of the IRS to assess any penalties against Geithner demands similar penalties for all taxpayers with substantially equivalent cases. “This bill seeks to codify what is now established by the law of precedent,” says Carter. “The Geithner case has established a legal precedent for the determination of penalties by the IRS, and that precedent can be cited in all federal tax courts. The penalty is now set at zero.” “Taxpayers who willfully attempt to evade paying their fair taxes should pay a penalty, or our tax code becomes unenforceable,” says Carter. “This bill is not to reward tax evaders, but to defend the Rule of Law itself. If we as a nation choose not to enforce the law against the politically privileged, then we cannot enforce the law against others without undermining respect for the law itself.”
Here’s the whole thing from Carter’s website. Chance of passing is zero of course, but an A+ for snark, accuracy in snark, and putting it out there.
h/t: TaxProf Blog