I have spent a great amount of time and a great deal of energy fighting the wrongs that I see coming from the Republican party. But you and I know that the wrongs in government don’t just come from one party. THAT would be silly, stupid, and wrong. Democrats can be just as big a bunch of corrupt wrongdoers as the Republicans. It’s called Hubris, and it is an occupational hazard in politics. Tonight subject: Rep. Charles Rangel, former head of the influential ways and means committee.
A leave of absence until the ethics committee is through with it’s investigation of him. And please don’t ask him questions, it would distract him from working on the health bill. Holy CRAP, this guy is nuts. His list of sins is long and ugly.
Working and living in several rent stabilized apartments in Harlem. Use of Congressional stationary to get corporate money for a CUNY building with his name on it, Accepting paid vacations from corporate sponsors to the Caribbean, Under-reporting both his net worth and his income. A tax cheat.
One wonders what line he will use to the house ethics committee about all of his many and varied sins. Because that distraction bullshit won’t work on them like it almost worked on the press at that insanely short and unilluminating almost press conference he had.
The only good that came of it was that he is stepping down from the head of the ways and means committee, to now be headed by Pete Stark. My knowledge of Rep. Stark is sparse at best, but a cursory glance at his ethics record shows one issue. He claims …well, I’ll quote a portion of a wikipedia article for you:
“On December 24, 2008, the House Ethics Committee began an investigation to Stark using his Maryland residence as his primary residence while claiming to live in San Lorenzo, where neighbors in the area Stark claims to live have never seen him. The home Stark claims to reside and also where he is registered to vote is actually owned and occupied by his in-laws.”
Make what judgments you will about the man from that snippet. He’s hiding something as well. Why else the above mentioned charade? Ah well. So much for ethical leadership of the ways and means committee. Guess we just have to settle for a committee chairman. There’s plenty of time to nail Pete Stark, back to Charlie Rangel.
That leave of absence is open ended, meaning there is a possibility that he may not return to it. No one I think would be surprised if that happened. I am seeing on-line an increase in the amount of people calling for his resignation, and a vast increase in the speculation about his not running for his house seat.
I would like to see him step down. He is the veritable “cancer in the clubhouse” for the Democrats right now. His very presence makes the rest of the party reek from his corruption. There is no possible way that that many things could simple be mistakes like he claims them to be, simple dalliances, errors on his part. One of them yes. But as many of them as there were? No. The old Douglas Adams line comes to mind here. “Prove it to me and I STILL won’t believe it.”
You are an albatross around the neck of the Democratic majority, and the poster child for congressional corruption, Rep. Rangel. Despite that, you have for years done good for your constituents, for your community, for America. You can serve them again.
By resigning. Thank you for you time, sir, but you really should leave. Now.
There is plenty of crap coming out from the Republicans. Lies upon lies upon lies upon misstatements upon half truths upon lies ad nauseum. I’ll smoke those bastards later.
Annoying fact of the day. Rep. Rangel speaking to… I know not whom, claimed to not even know who the corporation HSBC is. Hubris, pure hubris it seems. How can the man who ran the committee that has jurisdiction over all taxation and tariff matters NOT know about HSBC, one of the Largest Banks on earth? It is simply not possible, simply not possible.
That’s it from here. Later!
Today’s nuggets, via wikiquote: Ethics does not treat of the world. Ethics must be a condition of the world, like logic. Ethics and Aesthetics are one. Ludwig Wittgenstein
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell