Here we have yet another example of an oddball bill in Congress being used, inappropriately, as evidence for something unpopular that "the government" is supposedly trying to do.
The Debt Free America Act, which would replace the individual income tax with a new 1% tax on every consumer financial transaction, was introduced in the House of Representatives on Feb. 23, 2010 by Rep. Chaka Fattah [D, PA-2]. It has zero co-sponsors, hasn't seen any movement in the legislative process, and is going nowhere. Yet there is suddenly a bit of buzz around it. It's been creeping up the most-viewed bill list on OpenCongress and this week has been viewed more times than major bills like the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, the House climate change bill, and the DISCLOSE Act. Most of the views are coming from search engines, presumably because of rumors that are circulating via email, like this one collected by Snopes.com:Read Full Article