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Marco Rubio Manages to Introduce the Most Unimaginative, Transparent, Populist Tax Legislation Possible

Jesus. I know the guy is angling for VP, but this…this is trying WAY too hard: Rubio introduced the Olympic Tax Elimination Act, which exempts Olympic medal recipients from having to pay taxes on the medals they won. When athletes win Olympic medals they also win honorariums. Gold medal winners receive $25,000, silver medal winners […]

Pipedream Legislation Would Tax Billionaires at 49%

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has introduced the cleverly-named “Fairness in Taxation Act” that would tax millionaires and billionaires at rates that will cause John Boehner to hack up both his lungs.

Despite the futility of the FiTA, these are some tax rates that Tom Bloch can get behind!

The bill would create the following new tax brackets for millionaires and billionaires:

• $1-10 million: 45%
• $10-20 million: 46%
• $20-100 million: 47%
• $100 million to $1 billion: 48%
• $1 billion and over: 49%

And Schakowsky obviously has a thing for the Steve Cohens and John Paulsons of the world:

The current top tax bracket begins at $373,000 in income and fails to distinguish between the “well off” and billionaires, such as the top 20 hedge fund managers whose average income last year was over $1 billion, Schakowsky pointed out.

Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Tax Millionaires and Billionaires [AT]

Idaho Congressman Latest to Waste Everyone’s Time by Introducing a Bill That Would Terminate the Tax Code

Mike Simpson has represented Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District since 1999 and in that time he has cosponsored legislation that would abolish our beloved Internal Revenue Code. And even one time, in 2000, the House of Representatives managed to pass a bill that did exactly that by a vote of 229-187. It’s safe to say that, if similar legislation had been passed by the Senate and then followed up by the signature of the President, you would have heard about it. Since we haven’t heard any such news or seen any reports of this monumental legislative achievement, we can only assume that it has always been, and thus, always will be a failure and complete waste of everyone’s valuable time.

No matter! Congressman Simpson will press on for this all-important goal and making another run at ending the tyranny once and for all:

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is an original cosponsor of H.R. 462, the Tax Code Termination Act. This legislation would abolish the Internal Revenue Code and call on Congress to fundamentally reform the federal tax system.

“Over the last few years there have been several proposals to curtail the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) intrusion into the American homes. These include proposals to implement a flat tax or a national sales tax,” said Simpson. “I believe the most effective course of action is to sunset the current complex and unfair federal tax code and replace it with a simple and fair alternative.”

[via State Column]