Why is Washington playing this game? Both sides of the aisle are to blame here. Charles Rangel should be in jail for tax evasion – yesterday. Right now, behind closed doors, a committee is trying to decide if Rep. Rangel should be ousted from his position as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Is this really debatable? Only in the corrupt Washington muck is this a debate. “Plastigirl” Pelosi should have asked for his resignation months ago. Not just from the chairmanship, but also from the House.
The Politico reports:
It’s unclear what the secretive ethics panel will say, but the committee has been conducting a wide-ranging probe of the veteran New York Democrat. The committee is looking into Rangel’s use of rent-stabilized apartments in a Harlem luxury building, his fundraising on behalf of the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College in New York, a tax provision for a million-dollar donor to the center and his failure to pay taxes on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic. Rangel has also been pulled into a parallel investigation into lawmaker trips to the Caribbean. A special investigative subcommittee is looking into whether five members of the Congressional Black Caucus took trips in 2007 and 2008 paid for by the Carib News Foundation, and there are questions whether the trips were improperly paid for using corporate funds. Rangel, 79, has denied any wrongdoing, but he recently submitted revised financial disclosure reports showing hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal assets that he had never previously declared. On Wednesday, he survived a Republican attempt to oust him from the Ways and Means Committee.
It is truly amazing how these politicians can claim that they have done nothing wrong. In actuality, I believe this highlights how corrupt Washington has become. They do not even feel the pangs of guilt from ethical violations. And I believe “Plastigirl” Pelosi promised that this Congress would be the most honest and transparent. What a joke they have become. Unfortunately for them, we are not laughing about this. They just continue to add fuel to our fire. November 2010 cannot get here fast enough!