The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act

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The latest twist in the IRS scandal is the IRS claim that Lois Lerner’s hard drive failed and thus her e-mails for the time span during which the IRS was targeting conservative groups can’t be supplied to Congress.  The crash allegedly conveniently occurred ten days after the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman made his initial inquiry about allegations that the IRS was targeting conservatives.  Then the IRS revealed that the hard drives of six other IRS officials also failed and thus their e-mails also can’t be turned over to Congress.  When Congress subpoenaed the hard drives, since the recovery of data on crashed hard drives is a mundane tech task done countless times each day  in this country, the IRS revealed that the hard drives had been destroyed as part of the recycling program of the IRS.  I have been an attorney now for 32 years, and little shocks me as a result, but the bald faced and brazen lying of the IRS, combined with probable destruction of evidence, does.  This of course from the agency that requires that all the rest of us maintain meticulous records of our financial lives for years on end, and woe unto us if we do not do so.  Thus I heartily endorse this proposed piece of legislation:

WASHINGTON — Taxpayers who do not produce documents for the Internal Revenue Service will be able to offer a variety of dubious excuses under legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) a week after the IRS offered an incredibly dubious excuse for its failure to turn documents over to House investigators.

“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.”

Under Stockman’s bill, “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS can claim one of the following reasons:

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’s bill comes a week after the IRS refused to turn over to House investigators emails from former Exempt Organizations Divison director Lois Lerner that would implicate agency personnel in illegal targeting of citizens critical of President Barack Obama.

The IRS claimed a “computer glitch” has erased the hard drives of all incriminating evidence.  The IRS further claimed the hard drives are not available for forensic investigation as they had just been destroyed for recycling.

The full text of the resolution follows:

The resolution may be cited as the “Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Resolution.”

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must allow taxpayers the same lame excuses for missing documentation that the IRS itself is currently proffering

Whereas, the IRS claims that convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction is sufficient justification not to produce specific, critical documentation; and,

Whereas, fairness and Due Process demand that the American taxpayer be granted no less latitude than we afford the bureaucrats employed presently at the IRS;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that it is the sense of the House of Representatives that unless and until the Internal Revenue Service produces all documentation demanded by subpoena or otherwise by the House of Representatives, or produces an excuse that passes the red face test,

All taxpayers shall be given the benefit of the doubt when not producing critical documentation, so long as the taxpayer’s excuse therefore falls into one of the following categories:

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?

In any case, IRS can see the NSA for a good, high quality copy.

Among the many wounds that the Obama administration has inflicted upon this nation, I suspect that one of the deadliest long term is their ongoing effort to prove beyond doubt that the rule of law no longer exists in this nation.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Jeremiah 34:8-22 well applies to how Obama and the IRS treats sovereign citizens:

    8 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after King Zedeki′ah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to make a proclamation of liberty to them, 9 that every one should set free his Hebrew slaves, male and female, so that no one should enslave a Jew, his brother. 10 And they obeyed, all the princes and all the people who had entered into the covenant that every one would set free his slave, male or female, so that they would not be enslaved again; they obeyed and set them free. 11 But afterward they turned around and took back the male and female slaves they had set free, and brought them into subjection as slaves. 12 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 13 “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I made a covenant with your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying, 14 ‘At the end of six[a] years each of you must set free the fellow Hebrew who has been sold to you and has served you six years; you must set him free from your service.’ But your fathers did not listen to me or incline their ears to me. 15 You recently repented and did what was right in my eyes by proclaiming liberty, each to his neighbor, and you made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name; 16 but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back his male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your slaves. 17 Therefore, thus says the Lord: You have not obeyed me by proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother and to his neighbor; behold, I proclaim to you liberty to the sword, to pestilence, and to famine, says the Lord. I will make you a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. 18 And the men who transgressed my covenant and did not keep the terms of the covenant which they made before me, I will make like[b] the calf which they cut in two and passed between its parts— 19 the princes of Judah, the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, the priests, and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf; 20 and I will give them into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their lives. Their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth. 21 And Zedeki′ah king of Judah, and his princes I will give into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their lives, into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon which has withdrawn from you. 22 Behold, I will command, says the Lord, and will bring them back to this city; and they will fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire. I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without inhabitant.”

  2. The character currently employed as commissioner of Internal Revenue has punched a great many tickets: worked for David Bazelon, worked for John Lindsay, worked for Abraham Ribicoff, had a long run in the private equity business, worked for Bill Clinton’s budget director, worked for the Mayor of DC, then was Chairman of the Board of Freddie Mac after it was put under conservatorship. He’s an old man with nothing to gain at this point. This is the Democratic establishment you are looking at; this is what they do and who they are. Another interesting tidbit: like Douglas Shulman, this man is a partisan Democrat foisted on us in 2008 by Henry Paulson.

  3. This entire scandal reeks, especially the way the media refuses to go after the IRS the way it went after Nixon. There is only one remedy: change the law to allow non-profits to declare themselves to be non-profits, and abolish the IRS registration and approval process. Non-profits would still ‘file’, but the IRS would have to pull them into court to prove they were frauds. Given this scandal’s history it is the only answer (other than more radical fixes that are even less likely to pass).

  4. There is a sufficient number of people in the contry now, unecumbered by the burdens of operating under “rule of law”, uninterested in mutual defense of freedom even in disagreement, and solely intent on one-party fascist rule, that the scale has tipped. It will not be righted without some conflict. The scope and degree of that conflict remain to be determined, but it will be neither isolated in location nor singular in cause, and will be larger in both dimensions than has been seen in many, many decades if not a century or more.

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