It’s one thing to loot the American taxpayer to pay for all the nonsensical government programs or wasteful earmarks to insure a re-election. It’s another to plunder without remorse without paying your own share.
Democrats cannot get it into their heads that they actually have an obligation to pay their taxes too. And even go as far as to rally around the latest tax cheat, even when he’s in charge of the House Ways and Means Committee. That’s the committee that writes tax law.
Rep. John Carter (R-Mars) wrote a resolution that would have removed Rep. Charlie Rangel from his position. Rather than remove him, the Democrats “voted 246 to 153 to refer the resolution to the Ethics Committee,” allowing him to remain head of the committee that writes federal tax law, even though he has several flagrant tax violations.
Examples? Oh, there are plenty:
1) failure to report over $1 million in outside income and $3 million in business transactions as required by the House,
2) failure to disclose at least $650,000 in assets he had previously failed to list on his House financial disclosure forms,
3) failure to disclose to the IRS or on his financial disclosure forms $75,000 in rental income for a beach villa in the Dominican Republic,
4) violation of state laws by claiming three primary residences and broke municipal laws by maintaining four rent-controlled apartments,
5) violation of House rules by using congressional letterhead to solicit donations for an education center bearing his name at City College of New York, and
6) delinquency in paying his property taxes on two New Jersey parcels and failure to report the sale of a $1.3 million brownstone.
When Pelosiclaimed to have a transparent Congress, I guess she meant it would be clear to see how corrupt it was. I was thinking she meant something different.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) downplayed the seriousness of allegations against Rangel that he failed to disclose sources of income and pay taxes on some properties, saying that many lawmakers suffer from innocent lapses in judgment when filing mandatory financial disclosure forms.
“I want to tell you, there are many members who, if you go back over all of their records, over all of the years, you’re going to find that there were disclosures that were not made,” Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning.
Tu quoque. Just because others are doing it doesn’t mean it’s fine for Rangel to do it.
Sounds like an investigation is in order then. If this is as bad as Maxine Waters says, then something needs to change.
This is yet another example of how the rules apply to Republicans, but not to Democrats. Remember, this is the same Congress that voted to condemn Joe Wilson for shouting, “You lie” at a liar, because it violated the House rules, but does nothing against one of their own who violates the very ax law he helps create.
Don’t forget how he responds to us little people challenging him on his tax issues either. Jason Mattera asked him to explain himself. Check out his response:
He’s saying that to each one of you reading this as well. Behold the modern politician, the new American royalty.