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Rangel To Face Censure Vote (Wrist Slap)

From a tear-soaked Politico:

Charlie Rangel to face censure vote

By: John Bresnahan
November 18, 2010

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) walked into an ornate hearing room in the Longworth House Office Building on Thursday pleading for “fairness and mercy” from the House ethics committee.

Hours later, he walked out a dejected and defeated politician after the ethics panel recommended a formal censure resolution, which is essentially a public humiliation that will be carried out on the House floor.

Indeed, as the ethics committee debated his punishment throughout the afternoon, mercy was in short supply for the 80-year-old Korean War vet, who struck a sad tone and even spoke of his own mortality in the closing speech of his ethics trial.

Yes, they have to pretend that this slap on the wrist is a real blow. But just you try to get away with half of the things this thug has gotten away with, and you would end up making big rocks into little ones.

By a vote of 9-1, the ethics committee imposed its penalty, which is just short of expulsion from the House.

Now, the venerable New York lawmaker may find himself alone in the well of the House when the full House votes on the censure resolution. The resolution condemning Rangel would also be read out loud, adding further ignominy for the once-powerful former Ways and Means Committee chairman.

Lofgren called the decision, which came after three hours of closed-door talks by the full ethics committee, “quite wrenching.”

Stop it. We’re just about to bust out crying.

As further punishment, Rangel will also be “required to pay restitution for any unpaid taxes” on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic, said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the House ethics committee…

Again, just trying cheating on your taxes to the tune of tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars like Mr. Rangel did, and see if all you have to do is "pay restitution."

But of course the people who write our tax laws can’t be expected to actually follow them.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Rangel To Face Censure Vote (Wrist Slap)”

  1. canary says:

    Rangel “gravels” with tears “I don’t know how much longer I have to live…”

    The Hill: Rangel gets emotional in speech before ethics panel
    By Jordan Fabian – 11/18/10 03:07 PM ET

    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) became emotional during an afternoon session before the ethics panel.

    Wiping away tears,…

    “I don’t know how much longer I have to live, but it will always be to try to help people,” Rangel said with a voice more gravelly than usual.

    The congressman asked that members of the committee, no matter what sanction they decide to recommend, refrain from calling him a corrupt individual.


    Charlie, we can only say rest in peace.

  2. Chase says:

    It seems to me if (W)Rangel and his type really lived by the faith they publicly express, that they would expect that faith upheld by Diety, with their successors being the sort to “help people.”

    Of course, Good Time Charlie has to worry that if he were to step aside before his deskplate is wrenched from his rigored clutches, he would likely have to read about being followed with someone who was more beloved, for whatever reason, due to their service, or their exceeding graft.

    Either way, Charlie just can’t see life happening without getting his hands onto all the pie that is to be served up…

    Amen, Charlie, Rest, and leave us in peace.

  3. Natural Born Citizen says:

    CENSURE?… are you kidding me. He did not pay taxes for 17 YEARS on his vacation home! If you are the chairman of the Ways, and Means committee and write the tax laws for all citizens there is NO EXCUSE for not paying your own personal income taxes. A CENSURE is just a slap on the wrist. He should have the book thrown at him. He should be expelled, forced to pay restitution, fined, and prosecuted for breaking the law. Have his name removed from the school he was raising money for and investigate him for the past 40 years of his service. We were promised the swamp would be drained and there are floaters in the water. I can’t tell if he is a reptile or a floating POS. Probably a lot of both. Time to line up these cretins and force them to walk the plank.

  4. Perdido says:

    Note well the members of that committee. They have most assuredly failed their constituents and the country. Out! Out with them all!

  5. imnewatthis says:

    My husband watched that on TV and said the commitee members were all bowing and scraping in front of Rangel.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    If Chuckles’ croaks now and takes all the other congressional cheats with him then I will consider the matter closed.
    Another beat down by whitey on a old, defenseless, afro-engineering braggart.

  7. bobdog says:

    Two questions:

    1. If he was a Republican, what would have happened?

    2. If he was just a banjo-picking, unwashed civilian, what would have happened?

    So, Wrangle is special because…why again?

  8. heykev says:

    “the people who write our tax laws can’t be expected to actually follow them”

    So true.

    But what we can do is help the IRS to enforce the very laws that ole Charlie wrote. If enough people call the IRS’ Informant Communication Hotline at 1-800-829-0433 we can assist them in helping Charlie to face some real criminal penalties. Then he can spend his remaining years “making big rocks into little ones.”

    • Chase says:

      I like the idea of calling the IRS repeatedly on Charlie Rangel!

      Anyone recall Idaho Congressman George V Hansen?

      In Washington Hansen was known as one of the most conservative members of Congress. He was a particularly vocal critic of the Internal Revenue Service.

      In 1980 Hansen published a book titled ‘To harass our people: The IRS and government abuse of power.

      In 1984 Hansen was reprimanded by the House for failing to include transactions on federal disclosure forms. He was convicted of failing to file full disclosure forms and spent 15 months in prison. The conviction was overturned in 1995 as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Hubbard v. United States.

      If Hansen can be driven to financial ruin and ill health for troubles with his campaign forms (and for sticking a thumb in the IRS’s eye – the book was an excellent, scary reading experience ) why isn’t Charlie being pursued for much more damaging and personally enriching activities?

      Lobbyists from Harlem mebbe?

  9. rangerrebew says:

    Surely no one is naive enough to think he either will, or attempt to, pay his taxes?

  10. canary says:

    AP’s article praised Rangel as one of our greatest leaders ever. That this is a racial attack, as white politicians get away with this all the time. It was not suitable to post.

  11. Chuckk says:

    If I commit a major tax fraud I assume the IRS will censure me and my collegues at work will admonish me. I can live with that.

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