Monday, September 15, 2008

The Rangel Angle

The NYT is calling for Charlie Rangel's gavel - but not his head - over his failure to pay some $5,000 in taxes on a vacation property he owns in the Dominican Republic.

From the editorial:

"Mounting embarrassment for taxpayers and Congress makes it imperative that Representative Charles Rangel step aside as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee while his ethical problems are investigated...

"Committee posts are not bestowed by voters. They are partisan privileges granted by leaders in Congress, and Ms. Pelosi must not cut slack for an ally. If Mr. Rangel refuses a temporary hiatus from his chairmanship, Ms. Pelosi should remove him permanently."

Temporary for the Times probably means until AFTER the November elections.

Rangel has also come under fire for taking advantage of New York City's rent control laws to acquire apartments and combine them in a particularly nice apartment building.

Both charges are very small potatoes.

But fully expect Republicans to use this photo of Rangel and copy like: "This is the guy who is in charge of writing our tax laws and he can't even keep his own taxes straight."

No wonder the NYT wants him gone, at least temporarily.

But one thing, why does the Times think "taxpayers" should be embarassed?


Anonymous r said...

Hey, where’s my post on this? It was on topic and not offensive.
Getting a bit carried away with the censoring, Mr. Admin?

Rangel is a perfect and tangible example of undeserving and incompetent jerks gaining and holding power that they have no business holding only because blacks blindly vote black and keep them in power.

September 16, 2008 at 11:25 AM 

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