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Rangel should step down ...
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

On Nov. 14, 2006, Nancy Pelosi wrote an op-ed outlining what the new Democratic House would accomplish. Among the laundry list of promises was this:
They called for greater integrity in Washington, and Democrats pledge to make this the most honest, ethical, and open Congress in history.
She now has an opportunity to make good on at least this promise by demanding that the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee step down until an investigation into his admitted tax problems can be conducted. Rep. Charles Rangel should step down. As this story continues to unfold, it becomes clear that there is more to it than just the initial problem which came to light:
Mr. Rangel, a 19-term congressman, has been rattled by an assortment of ethics questions since July, when The New York Times reported that a prominent developer had allowed him to lease rent-stabilized apartments, including one that he used as a fund-raising office, in violation of state regulations.

He has since been criticized for using his official stationery to solicit donations for a City University of New York school of public service that will bear his name, failing to report — or pay taxes on — $75,000 in rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic over the past two decades and failing to disclose that the owners of the beach house had given him a mortgage on the property and waived the interest for more than a decade.
With questions like that surrounding his activities, he has no business chairing a committee in Congress. And it isn't like these are simply charges. He's admitted to some of it:
He said he would vacate the apartment he had used as a campaign office, but insisted that he had never helped — or even met — the landlord whose generosity allowed him to save more than $30,000 a year on the multiple rent-stabilized apartments.

He also said he had never used his power or public position to help any of the business leaders or foundations he had asked to support the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at CUNY. Mr. Rangel also described his failure to disclose his income from the beach villa, or pay taxes on it, as an unintentional oversight by his staff, his wife and himself.
In fact, he tried to shift blame to his wife by claiming it was she who did the income taxes for him. Apparently he had no responsibility concerning what she claimed in his name.

Given all of that, you have to just laugh when, during a press conference, Rangel claimed that he'd “done nothing morally wrong.” Nope, the guy who enjoys telling everyone how on top of everything that goes on in Congress and his committee is just dumber than a box of rocks when it comes to ethics and tax laws (which are written by his committee).

So will the leader of the "most ethical Congress in history" do the right thing?

Probably not:
Mr. Rangel has privately discussed the idea of stepping aside temporarily, pending the outcome of a House ethics inquiry, Democrats said. But leaders are concerned that it could set a precedent in which chairmen who have not been charged criminally may be forced out of their positions.
Party over ethics.

Count on it.
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This is a company [Lehman Brothers] which had on its board, or so we are told, the ultimate snake oil salesman, James Hansen, the self-same company having ambitions of becoming "the primary brokerage for emission permits".

Somehow, it is entirely fitting that a company which was looking to exploit the smoke and mirrors business of carbon trading should crash and burn.
Lehman Brothers .. died because of AGW .. who knew ?

Are government employees allowed to sit on private sector boards ?
Written By: Neo
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Most Ethical Congress evah(!) still has Cold Cash Jefferson as a member. If they won’t get rid of Jefferson, Rangel’s safe until he dies.
Written By: A fine scotch
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He won’t step down, nor will pelosi force him out, her claims of ’draining the swamp’ not withstanding. the reason: William Jefferson has already been swept under the carpet. That’s problem enough from a PR perspective. Two black Democrats up on corruption charges, when the top of the Demorcat ticket is also black and a veteran of years in the Chicago machine will be a little too hard an image to overcome.

Written By: Bithead
I’m not holding my breath waiting for Charlie to go.

1. He’s a dem. ESPECIALLY in the presidential election year, the dems will do everything possible to cover for him.

2. He’s black. Any accusations against him will be cast as racist, making him further bullet-proof.

3. The other members of Congress are crooks, too, and they won’t exactly trip over themselves to set a precedent that would see them booted from office. Witness Denny Hastert fighting off the FBI on behalf of Cold Cash Jefferson.

4. As a follow-on to (3), Rangle’s partisans will find a Republican who is just as bad (Ted Stevens, for example) and use that example to deflect criticism from Rangle.

Congress. BAH!
Written By: docjim505
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And where is anyone to put a mike in front of Obama and ask his opinion of having Rangel stick around?

Oh, I forget - he is too busy for incidental things like this. The man is just a God, and he can’t be bothered with little details like corruption in his own party.

My bad.
Written By: James Marsden
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Wow. Of all the defenses I thought would be tried, "I’m too stupid to understand the tax code" would never have occurred to me. My bad.
Written By: docjim505
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Rangel should be required to do his own taxes.

If he can’t, then he knows his task.

No wonder they are down to 9%
Written By: Neo
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Too stupid to understand the tax code HE HELPED TO WRITE, or so we were told.

Written By: Bithead
Too stupid to understand the tax code HE HELPED TO WRITE, or so we were told.
Well, that certainly goes a long way to describing why the tax code is so irrational
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But leaders are concerned that it could set a precedent in which chairmen who have not been charged criminally may be forced out of their positions.
Those plopping sounds you just heard were because of Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Tom Delay’s jaws hitting the floor.
Written By: Terry
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"Party over ethics.

Count on it."
Wrong. The party is the moral system for them.

"Party is ethics."
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