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Posts Tagged ‘Charles Rangel’

Goodbye Charlie Rangel: Poster Child Call for Term Limits

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

Rangel Caught with Hands in the Cookie Jar

Charlie Rangel: Just Another Tax Cheat

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Rangel Caught with Hands in the Cookie Jar

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.

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Charlie Rangel: Just Another Tax Cheat

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 4, 2009

rangel1Politicians from both Parties continually show disdain for laws and the people they are supposed to serve.  Earlier this week this post wrote about a Republican governor Mark Sanford, suggesting he resign.  Now it’s the Democrats turn; Charles Rangel, Congressman from New York.

Rangel is Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.  This Committee not only writes tax code, but also oversees the budget.  It is ironic that Rangel has shown to be a tax cheat.  Here are some of his ethical lapses:

  • Rangel failed to report $1 million in outside income and $3 million in business transactions, as required by House rules.
  • Rangel used Congressional stationery over a three year period to seek donors for a public policy institute in his name at City College, NY, again against Congressional rules.
  • Over years, the Congressman failed to accurately report income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic.
  • Rangel paid no mortgage interest on a beach properly for about 15 years.

It was recently discovered that Rangel gave campaign donations to 119 members of Congress.  Incredibly, three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee who are charged with investigating Rangel also received payments.  This included Congressman Ben Chandler of Kentucky, B. K. Butterfield of North Carolina, and Peter Welch of Vermont.  (Later Welsh returned the funds.)  It’s clear the Rangel expected something in return for these “gifts”. Read the rest of this entry »

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