U.S. House Committee chair should pay taxes like rest of us
To the Editor:
None of us like to pay taxes, but most of us play by the rules and pay our fair share. According to Vice President Joe Biden, that’s “The American Way.”
And, if any of us tried to defraud the Internal Revenue Service out of hundreds of thousands of dollars of income tax, we would be punished severely. After all, for most citizens this is a very serious crime.
So when a person who heads the House Ways and Means Committee as Charles B. Rangel has since 2007, fails to disclose income to the IRS to the tune of $1.3 million, one might think that that individual should be subject to these same penalties.
Since the Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over taxation, tariffs and legislation affecting Social Security and Medicare, this gives the chairman tremendous responsibility along with incredible power. By not reporting income and paying taxes on it, Rangel has failed to honor the laws and ethics of his own office.
Not only has he defrauded the very government he works for, but he is getting a pass from Congress. Last week the House struck down a measure to oust him of his committee chairmanship.
It is difficult at best to ask American taxpayers to increase their contributions to the federal coffers for such things as cap and trade and health care for the uninsured when the chief tax writer has been caught with his “hands in the cookie jar” and fails to follow the rules that he helped to write.
William D Haupt IIIMt. Juliet
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