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  • Advice for Charlie Rangel

    Posted by Lexington Green on August 29th, 2009 (All posts by )

    You.. can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You say.. “Steve.. how can I be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes?” First.. get a million dollars. Now.. you say, “Steve.. what do I say to the tax man when he comes to my door and says, ‘You.. have never paid taxes’?” Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: “I forgot!” How many times do we let ourselves get into terrible situations because we don’t say “I forgot”? Let’s say you’re on trial for armed robbery. You say to the judge, “I forgot armed robbery was illegal.” Let’s suppose he says back to you, “You have committed a foul crime. you have stolen hundreds and thousands of dollars from people at random, and you say, ‘I forgot’?” Two simple words: Excuuuuuse me!!”

    Steve Martin

     

    5 Responses to “Advice for Charlie Rangel”

    1. onparkstreet Says:

      Haha, I love that Steve Martin routine…..oh, wait, it’s maybe not so funny. Our political class thinks we are dunces!!!!

    2. Lexington Green Says:

      I’m so old I remember when Steve Martin first did this routine live. It was funny then. Now it is an accurate depiction of what our rulers do every day.

    3. Subotai Bahadur Says:

      While it has been building for at least a couple of decades, on both sides of the aisle; it is horrendously apparent that a tipping point was reached on January 20, 2009 [Year One, Anno Obama. We are now beyond doubt a government of Men and not Laws. In this case, taxes are indeed only for the little people.

      And probably for the Kulaks.

      Subotai Bahadur

    4. tomw Says:

      Anyone considering changing their W-4 declaration? Who’s to say you *don’t* have 12 dependents?
      The IRS doesn’t have the capacity to audit, much less prosecute, a populace that starts to take their cue from government OFFICIALS who are not paying their proper taxes. The TOTUS has opened pandoras’ box with his cabinet and czar appointments. Rangel is just the latest cheater to be brought to light.
      I guess you just have to be bold and Democrat to get away with this.
      tomw

    5. Bababooey Says:

      Check out H.R. 735 (the “Rangel Rule Act of 2009”) sponsopred by Rep. John Carter (R-Tex). Under H.R. 735, if you’re caught cheating on your taxes, you would pay only what you owe, then write “Rangel Rule” at the top of your return, and you wouldn’t be charged any penalty or interest. That way, Carter said when he introduced the bill, ordinary taxpayers would be “treated with the same courtesy that, it seems, the IRS is treating the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.”