Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 12, 2010
Congressman Charlie Rangel has been charged with multiple ethics violations by a Congressional Committee. But that doesn’t get in the way of the political elites throwing an expensive party for one of their own.
Rangel’s 80th birthday party and campaign fundraiser was held in the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom yesterday. The lavish event was attended by politicians from both political parties including New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Senator Al D’Amato, New York Governor David Paterson, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and NY Congressman Jerry Nadler. Here’s a sampling of their comments:
Mike Bloomberg – “I know a few people couldn’t be here tonight because, as they tell it, either they had to get a haircut unexpectedly or they were sure that they’d have a headache. But Charlie, as you know, they were with you as long as they could be.”
Al D’Amato – “Everyone in politics has got to live by their own code. Charlie and I worked together in Washington for 18 years. S o I’m here because when people are in trouble, that’s when they want to see you.”
Kirsten Gillibrand – “Thank you, Charlie, for your service to the country and your service to our wonderful state.”
Jerry Nadler – “I read all the report. If this were a court of law, most of this would be thrown out – it wouldn’t stand up.” While that prompted loud cheers from the crowd according to reports, it begs the questions as to the other charges that Nadler reviewed in the report that wouldn’t, in his opinion, get thrown out fo court.
This cozy group of politicians from both parties thumbed their noses at the American people who they are supposed to be serving. To them, the fact that Rangel has served in Congress for 40-years allows him to dip into the public’s coffers for a bit of the “action”. No wonder politicians are held in such low esteem.
Posted in Charles Rangel, Politics | Tagged: Birthday, Ethics, Party, Rangel | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 22, 2010
This Blog’s first posting on the crooked actions of Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Democrat of New York, was titled Charlie Rangel: Just Another Tax Cheat and was posted September 4, 2009. Today, The New York Times reported that a House panel found Rangel in violation of various ethics rules. While the specific findings are not yet published, the Times reported that a House official stated that the violations include the more serious ones examined.
It took the House committee two years to finally conclude that Rangel received improper discounts on Harlem apartments, failed to pay taxes on a Dominican Republic property, and that he supplied legislative favors to a firm who offered $1 million for his an academic center. More government efficiently!
OK Ms. Pelosi, will you now call for Rangel’s resignation and finally start to “empty the swamp” as you promised when you became House Majority Leader? How about you President Obama? Will you call the crooks in Congress on their actions? We are waiting for leadership.
Posted in Charles Rangel, Government Ineptness, Politics | Tagged: Charlie Rangel, Congress, Democrat, Ethics, House, New York, Obama, Pelosi, Violation | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 3, 2010
The end has begun for good old Charlie Rangel, Democrat Congressman from New York. The New York Times reported that Rangel announced he would temporarily step down as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, link posted below. How noble of Charlie. First he got caught with his hands in the cookie jar; then he tried to have his cronies in the Congress run interference for him; and finally after all avenues of delay have been exhausted, and a great deal of taxpayer money, Charlie admits the error of his ways.
This Blog discussed Rangel’s ethics violations on September 4, 2009 and February 25, 2010postings (links below). Charlie is just an example of the problems in Washington in both parties, where elitist professional politicians become leaches off the people who elect them. Only short term limits can address this tragedy, period.
NYT – Charlie Rangel to Step Down
Posted in Charles Rangel, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: Charles Rangel, Congress, Democrat, Ethics, New York, ouse Ways and Means Committee, Taxpayers, Washington | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 25, 2010
Well, Charlie has been caught again. This time Rangel, Democrat from New York, has been found by a House committee run by his fellow Democrats to have broken the rules by failing to properly disclose financial details of a trip to the Caribbean. But not to worry, rules and laws are for the people, not professional politicians who believe that as a member of the ruling class they are above the law.
This Blog first wrote about Rangel’s crooked behavior on September 4, 2009. Charlie Rangel: Just Another Tax Cheat. Enough is enough. OK Nancy Pelosi; you promised to “drain the swamp” when your Party took power. Let’s start by running Rangel out of that cesspool in Washington.
Still want turn our healthcare system over to these folks? Hmmmmm.
Posted in Charles Rangel, Politics | Tagged: Charles Rangel, Democrat, Drain the Swamp, Nancy Pelosi, New York, Tax Cheat | 1 Comment »