H.R. 735

U.S. Representative John Carter of the 31st Congressional District, Deepinahearta, Texas has introduced H.R 735, the “Rangel Rule Act of 2009“.

Under this intriguing proposed law, any United States citizen whom is paying back taxes to the IRS, and writes the words “Rangel Rule” on their tax return whilst paying these back taxes would be exempt from any accrued penalties or 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,” says Carter. “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.”


A quick check of the Library of Congress/THOMAS website shows that H.R 735 (Rangel Rule Act of 2009) has, indeed, been introduced, but it has been punted over to the House Committee on Ways and Means where it will — no doubt — languish alone, unloved and ignored until it dies a quiet death.

I think I’ll bang off a handwritten note to my Congresscritter — Mac Thornberry — mentioning that he could take a baby step on the road to redeeming himself for his support of the FIRST BAILOUT BILL — how’s that 850 BILLION DOLLARS you stole out of our wallets working for the people of Texas, Mac? — if he were to throw his weight behind H.R. 735.

Not that the arrogant bastard will listen, but it’s worth a try and I’ve got paper and ink to spare.


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26 thoughts on “H.R. 735”

  1. Bwa-ha-ha! Just linked to OpenCongress.org, which has a tool you can put on your blog listing bills you support, and those you oppose.

    Just added HR735 to mine.

  2. I live in the 31st.   I sent off an eNote via carter.house.gov this a.m. to the Honorable John Carter thanking him for introducing H.R. 735.   Sheer genius!

  3. Get a grass roots movement going on this. E-mailing the congress critters. You would see changes being done. Weee the people can speak, it's done with email to our congress and senate people. What these two men are doing, tim & rangel is a slap in our face… But a grass roots movement will bring it all down…. try it, you'll like it! You do this, and the pol's in DC, will quiver about the power of grass roots!
    Forget about MoveOn, funded by Soros, that's just money. Get the grass roots involved and how they can get involved… and you have the key to overcoming the crap in our government.

  4. Well I was anonyous….
    Come on, someone has to open an easy web site, were someone can send an email to their congress critters about this subject, and how pissed off they are! The people emailing can send a included form letter with their own blistering attachments! Yah, it’ll take time for it to ramp up, but spread of mouth, will get it going. Being unemployed, I’d put up a web site in a second. Someone out there can do it.
    I am a vet, I gave an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, that includes the Declaration of Independence, I pray that someone can put up the web site, so that “We The People” can speak…. Semper Fidelis

  5. I’m on my Congresscritter about it too. Hizzoner the Representative Jo Bonner (R? Really?) of Alabama voted for the first TARP go-round, with the lame excuse that “We need to do something.”

    Apparently that “something” meant anything except fiscal responsibility.

    It cost him my vote. Shame he was running unopposed. That blank spot on my ballot probably got it tossed out. Bastard.

  6. Haw! Brilliant juxtaposition, Br’er Dawg, of the “conservative RINO” outraged at Rangel, versus the NewDeal(R) voting for almost a trillion bucks worth of bailout. (In reality, we know the actual economic impact will be several times that figure.)

    I note that Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH (to my disgust!)), darling “bipartisan Republican” of the “go along to get along” crowd, is currently in the mix for Commerce Secretary.

    Your Rep, like my Senator, is trying to play it both ways. A pox on both their houses.

  7. Good idea, but the bill needs an amendment called the Daschle Exception. If you achieve a sufficiently high level of muckety-muckness you don’t have to pay your taxes unless and until you’re appointed to the cabinet and the publicity moves a few nosy people to check on those trivial little details.

    (Blog promo alert) I do a little on Health-czar -designate Tommy D. at http://love-a-luddite.blogspot.com/

    WV: Molla. That sounds like a Lawdawg recipe.

  8. Already wrote Moran the moron saying the same thing… He won’t listen either, but I feel better!

    wv- readd

  9. How ’bout everybody just DO a Daschel and make up numbers on their tax returns. Picture the IRScum trying to figure out where to start on 10,000,000 questionable tax forms. And when they eventually get around to yours and mine, we just say Rangel/Daschel Rules reign.

  10. Ted Poe got a missive from me as well. I tried to write one to John Culberson as well but the website refused me because I’m not in his district.

  11. Brilliant – as always.
    Check out my latest post – you’ll love it. It came in an email and I thought of you. Enjoy!

  12. Mac Thornberry is on my bad list anyway, ever since I went to a county 4th of July BBQ at a courthouse in the Texas panhandle.
    I took along two of my friends, who are Texas-born, but of Mexican heritage.
    After a couple of hours, we went looking for a restroom, and happened to amble into a building where Thornberry and his flunkies were having punch -or whatever-in a room adjacent to the hall we were in.
    One of my friends went down the hall looking for a restroom, and one of the flunks came out and made it very clear to her that people of her-mmm, ilk, as it were, weren’t welcome to trespass on the Great Thorn’s aura. However, worse still, it was also made quite clear that I, being totally visually Anglo, was welcome to do as I pleased, including sharing the punch-and believe me, a punch was the least of that which I would have liked to share.
    Nothing the critter does would surprise me.
    Needless to say, it’s one thing to say that all politicians are liars and generally rat bastards; it’s quite another to have it proven to you personally.

  13. Love this post and just found the blog. I want that tool for bills and I’m adding “The LawDog Files” to my blog roll at http://www.garagepolitics.net/GP_Blog/

    Love the work here. We’ll support this on our radio show.


    Keith Rankin
    The Common Patriot

  14. No slight to Texas, but I think it would be even cooler if Rep John Carter were a gentleman from Virginia.

    (obscure literary reference)

  15. Obscure? Obscure? Whadda ya mean, “obscure”?

    Now if you’ll pick up the white courtesy phone, there’s a lady named Dejah Thoris who wants to have a word with you. Several words, actually — she sounds rather peeved. I’d apologize to her if I were you.

  16. So, do we continue to send these guys back to DC???

    At least in this election season, folks in North Texas and the Panhandle will have a choice for US Representative.

    Take care, K

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