In an effort to add some comic relief to an otherwise mind boggling situation, Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) introduced a bill earlier this week aimed at allowing the American people to adhere to the same set of standards as the Internal Revenue Service.
Aptly named The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act, the bill would allow taxpayers who do not produce documents for the IRS to offer a variety of dubious excuses. In a press release dated June 20, Stockman laid out 10 such excuses that just so happen to harken some of the biggest political scandals in American history.
Under Stockman’s bill, taxpayers who fail to provide appropriate documentation requested by the IRS can claim one of the following excuses:
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 joined guest host Dana Loesch on Wednesday’s Glenn Beck Program to further discuss the concept behind the legislation and what Republicans in the House of Representatives are doing to ensure the American people learn the truth about what happened at the IRS.
“I wish this was real,” Dana said. “We should be able to follow the law as well as the IRS.”
While Stockman agreed that it is a welcomed source of comic relief to make light of the inane excuses that have come from the IRS over the last couple of weeks, the bill actually highlights the absurdity of the situation. As Stockman explained, the American people are expected to keep records dating back seven years, and yet the IRS can’t produce documents from six months ago. The we’re above the law mentality is elitism at its finest.
Ultimately, Dana said it best: “The easiest way to crash a hard drive is to subpoena it.”