Skip to comments.Sorry, Charlie - Rangel must step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Posted on 09/03/2009 8:08:52 AM PDT by La Lydia
For politicians with major bad news to make public, there's no time like the dead of August to do it....the public won't remember a thing come September. We hope Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) will have no such luck. His belated revelation of previously unreported income, property and bank accounts demands that he step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Mr. Rangel's amended financial disclosure form, which exposes omissions from his 2002 through 2006 records, is a treasure trove of outrage. He neglected to report a checking account with the Congressional Federal Credit Union and one with Merrill Lynch, each valued between $250,000 and $500,000; the tens of thousands of dollars he's earning from dividends from a number of mutual funds and stocks; and the money made from the sale of a Harlem townhouse. As a result, Mr. Rangel's reported net worth doubled, from between $516,015 and $1,316,000 to between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000.
We called on Mr. Rangel to resign his coveted post last November...Mind you, that committee already was looking into his using official stationery to raise funds for that pet project, paying below-market rents on four Harlem apartments, failing to report income from a Florida condominium sale and failing to pay taxes on a home in the Dominican Republic. There's another subcommittee investigation into lobbyist-paid trips by Mr. Rangel and four other members of Congress.
Much is expected of elected officials. Much more is expected and demanded of those entrusted with chairmanships...Mr. Rangel has violated that trust continually and seemingly without care.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Call your elected officials...complaign to high-heaven.
The Dems must have decided that Charlie must go. Probably to get someone else who will be even more compliant than Charlie. The WP is just another organ of the Dem Party.
Too bad they think a college thesis 20 years ago is more important.
Theres nobody in the world I'd rather have write tax policy for the whole country, than Charlie Rangel. He's as honest as the day is long! A couple mistakes ain't nothin!
Talk about mixed feelings. I think I would rather have the crook Rangle then the next in line Stark who is a raving lunatic.
“Boot his dumb @$$ out ping”
“between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000”
Trying to imagine me telling the IRS I am worth “between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000” and not spending a LOT of time in an orange jump suit...
The post is just picking on Rangel because he is black.
Every time I see him, I cringe.
Yeah, they had three MORE articles, count e’m three, in today’s paper, excoriating Bob McDonnell.
” Rangel must step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee”
Lol. - How about “Should resign from Congress pending his upcoming trial which could land him in Federal prison?”
It is also being reported that he has given campaign funds to three Democrat members of the Ethics Committee. Nothing like buying your friendship
The man who said in 2006 he would resign if the Democrats did not take the majority and make him chair of Ways and Means. Now you can resign in disgrace, Charlie, how’s that?
I don’t think the Democratic Party really cares. They are all crooks from the top down. It amazes me that the good ones don’t want to distance themselves from the rest. If they have any inclination of getting re-elected, they need to pull back from these crooks and get rid of them. I believe that if they don’t do this, they will loose the next election so big it will take 50 years for them to ever come back. I think they have already lost the White House.
Waiting for some enterprising reporter to look more closely into each and every Congress-critter’s financial affairs.
On 165,000/yr salary no less.
As a Democrat he’s exempt, the law only applies to Republicans.
I think it’s time to realize that ‘certain’ people don’t have to pay taxes. I’m beginning to think the IRS is also complicit by giving these politicians a little “wink wink, nudge nudge”...we won’t red flag your returns but if someone makes it public, we will go into a COA mode.
“Only Little People Pay Taxes”
Read between the lines. They didn’t ask the Democrat leadership to do anything. It’s a CYA move.
If this were a Republican, they would have asked the leadership to “man up” or look impotent.
On 165,000/yr salary no less.................. HA! Influence peddling, kick backs, you name it. Did you really think that the Congressmen and women from the NE and WC go there for the government pay? They are crooks in nice suits. Term Limits!! Get the slime out of there.
What's the big deal here anyway? The Honorable Congressman is used to making decisions affecting trillions of dollars. It's only natural that a small detail of only a million bucks or two might get lost in the shuffle... Oh, and by the way, he's only getting all of this scrutiny because of racism. Halliburton, Halliburton, Halliburton...
Dump the Chump!!!!
...and I would speculate that it is worse than has been reported.
...probably Charlie should be in jail...
..my favorite Democrat congressman, James Traficant just got out of jail...maybe Charlie can hire James as his adviser to help him cope while in jail?
He is an Idiot what more do you need?
I don’t think he’s an idiot. I think he is a crook with delusions of grandeur, and was so bad at it that even the Washington Post noticed.
Its useful but the WaPo did not call on him to resign from Congress. They only want a less visibly crooked RAT to run that powerful House committee.
A 30 year prison sentence would be nice. He would die in prison.... befitting.
“I dont think hes an idiot. I think he is a crook with delusions of grandeur, and was so bad at it that even the Washington Post noticed.”
Getting caught like he did says volumes about him from the neck up.
Hopefully all are aware that Rangel’s criminal exploits go at least all the way back to 1972 when he helped Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam cover up the murder of NYPD cop Phillip Cardillo.
More on that case here:
Pity no one on the committee wrote this. They all pocketed charlie’s bribes.
Rangel must be laughing his a$$ off. He knows he is untouchable. He has the proper ‘rat DNA.
Democrats wake up. Are you deaf, dumb, and blind. Ahh sorry, don’t answer that. Use you’re Fifth Amendment Right while you still have it.
Culture of Corruption. Rotten Rats. Devilish Den of Dems. Anybody think of more?
Their jihad against Bob McDonnell is amazing.
Seeing as the RATS are so intent on persecuting/prosecuting CIA patriots.....wouldn’t it be nice to see the Pubbies regain control and have the spine to go after the crooked Rangel and hold him accountable for his shady dealings.
This crook needs to go to jail, not step down!
My thought exactly.
Everytime I hear his scratchy bl*wj*b voice I cringe!
Every time I see him I get to wondering who uses more Congolene.....him or Al Sharpton.
Me too, shamefull
The Democratic National Committee has quietly issued marching orders the State-controlled Media to force Rangel out of office.
The reason is the Rangel will be a Republican poster child in 2010 advertising, and the DNC wants to get Rangel out before this.
He probably should be sitting in a cell next to Cunningham.
he will never resign, they will have to drag him out in handcuffs.
I just heard on the radio that they didn’t do a fricking thing to him.