Sometimes, outright mocking those in power or the powerful institutions for which they serve is the only way to bring attention to a grave injustice.
Thank goodness then for Rep. Steve Stockman, who last week introduced what might be the most sarcastic, biting (pun intended) resolution of the 113th Congress, the "Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Resolution," H.Res. 635.
Poking fun at the IRS' latest "excuse" about "losing" Lois Lerner's emails from 2009-2011, the key time-frame during the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal, Stockman introduced the resolution saying taxpayers ought to be able to use similar excuses.
“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.”
Read the full text of the resolution below.
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?
Stockman's press release concluded, "In any case, IRS can see the NSA for a good, high quality copy."
Stockman also appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss the resolution:
Tags: IRS, Lerner, IRS targeting, Stockman