Tim Pawlenty’s Dumb Idea: No Tax Help For Members Of Congress
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty doesn’t think Members of Congress should be allowed to hire anyone to help them with their income taxes:
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday proposed a simple solution to fixing the nation’s incomprehensible tax system: Require members of Congress to do their own.
“No help of an accountant, a lawyer or a tax specialist,” he said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“And if they can’t do it, we give them a certification they can go get some help. But I’d like every one of those individuals to have to do their own taxes every year and live with the mindless burdens we put on the American people.”
I get what Pawlenty is getting at here, and I lament how complicated the tax system is as much as anyone, but this strikes me as being as silly as the idea that Members of Congress who criticized ObamaCare shouldn’t take advantage of the health insurance available to Members of Congress.