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Charles Rangel

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), seen here at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, admitted to "mistakes" but has no plans to step down from his Ways and Means chairmanship. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said at a press conference this morning that he would pay back taxes he owes on rental income from a resort villa he owns in the Dominican Republic. Rangel admitted to making "irresponsible" mistakes and has asked the House ethics committee to investigate his actions, though he said he believes he has done nothing "morally wrong."

"I really don't believe that making mistakes means that you have to give up your career," he said, though he acknowledged that "as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, I am held to a higher standard of propriety," one which he admitted he has not met in this case.

Rangel, who had already asked the House ethics committee to probe two other controversies, has been under fire for not reporting the rental income to the IRS or on his House financial disclosure forms. Republicans have called for him to step down from his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, a step that Rangel says he will not take and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has no plans to encourage.

Democrats point out that Reps. Jerry Lewis (Calif.) and Don Young (Alaska), the top Republicans, respectively, on the Appropriations and Natural Resources panels, have not stepped down from those posts despite being under federal investigation. Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), chairman of a subcommittee on the Science panel, also faces a federal probe.

At today's press conference, Rangel said he felt "embarrassed" for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), suggesting that the Republican "feels politically he has to" call on Rangel to relinquish the chairmanship.

Appearing on Fox News Channel Tuesday, Boehner said: "Listen, I like Charlie Rangel. I think the world of Charlie, but the rules are the rules, the law is the law, and Charlie ought to do the honorable thing and step aside until the ethics committee has time to investigate this."

By Ben Pershing  |  September 10, 2008; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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crook.

Posted by: chris | September 10, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

AND - don't forget this (as reported by CNN.com); "He also admitted that he had not been charged interest on the mortgage for the past 18 years, but said he had "no clue" that the mortgage lender had made that decision. He denied having been singled out for preferential treatment."

Posted by: Richard | September 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

He should resign from Congress.

He is indeed a crook, a liar, and a thief.

He's dishonest as well.

Posted by: The Rodentman | September 10, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they will add huge penalties and ignore their statutory duty to consider any waiver of penalties, like they did to me. I was homeless for a year, and I worked my self to death to get off the streets and pay all my back taxes, and for a reward they doubled all my taxes. So, I paid 7,700 dollars in taxes for a year I spent homeless. And now they turn the money over to billionaires in China, and they use my money to prop up housing prices for wealthy homeowners (who treat me and all other tenants who subsidize them as human garbage). What a country!

Posted by: Joe Ryan | September 10, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

This is no "Mistake" he knew darn well what he was doing was wrong. He's a common criminal with the rest of those crooks in Washington.

Posted by: Ron E. | September 10, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Well if Rangel really feels legal mistakes should not keep you from losing your job, why is it that Democratic Congressman William Jefferson was forced of the very committee Rangel chairs?

If Rangel shouldn't step aside for tax evasion and preferrential mortgage treatment, then why should $90k of corrupt money stuffed in the freeze ruin Jeffferson?

Heck, let's bring back Congressmen Duke Cunningham and James Traficant, they shouldnt be in jail. No, the should be on the House floor.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Even better - the mortgage 'lender' was a contributer to his campaign who has given him thousands of $ over the years. From the NY POST - "Nearly 20 years ago, Rangel was invited to invest in the $80,000 villa by longtime labor lawyer and political contributor Theodore Kheel.

Rangel paid a $28,000 down payment but Kheel waived interest for the rest of the loan after two years."

Posted by: Brice | September 10, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a power hungry radical. How can you expect him to be ashamed of anything for that matter?

This is a typical example of democratic corruption and fraud. Why is that obama not rejecting this guy? a fraud! Does obama maintains the same radical sentiments?
How can we trust democrats white house?

Obama is untrustworthy.

Posted by: rick | September 10, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

A crook and a thief. If he could only get involved in a sex scandal he would be a perfect Democrat. Why on Earth to we keep putting up with this?

Posted by: Jim C | September 10, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

p.s. I defaulted on my school loan while homeless. I tried to pay that back, but the democrats and Republicans are letting the same people that were running sallie Mae, and that have their fingers in all parts of the school-loan racket, operate companies that are now being given 45k a year to have a teenager call me (and 20 other people at once) and insult me. Yes, that's right; They add 45k a year to my student loan as a penalty each and every year! Then, unless I pay the debt instantly on their terms, (which they know is impossible) they run to the government and say 'give us 45k more' for our collecting chores. What a scam! They don't want me to pay. They use me a s a vessell to deliver huge amounts of money to principles of FannieMae and Freddie Mac. Don't people understand what's going on? This is looting. They did it to the Russians during the Yeltsin era, and now there looting this nation. If I live another 20 years, they can use me to deliver 5-6 million dollars to the crooks (all over a 72k loan). My 72k loan should have been 32k; but the school I went to double tuition after they get you in. You can't transfer, and if you wuit you give up the first couple of yeras of study for nothing. What a racket. They've turned EVERYTHING into a scam!

Posted by: Joe Ryan | September 10, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

...and Sen. Craig says what?

Posted by: Tom Maugham | September 10, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Every pore of his body oozes arrogance, poor character and sleaziness. Through the years Charlie has always struck me as being irritatingly disingenuous. Other than that, he's politics as usual. I wonder if Obama has Charlie in mind when he talks about 'change'.
'At today's press conference, Rangel said he felt "embarrassed" for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), suggesting that the Republican "feels politically he has to" call on Rangel to relinquish the chairmanship.'
Is this REALLY the arrogant attitude he wants to take? That he's embarrassed for Boehner??? COME ON!!! He should at least have the humility to admit that this is an UNDERSTANDABLE request, that people just MIGHT request him to resign. Embarrased??? Are you kidding me???

Posted by: Rangel's Aunt Matilda | September 10, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

He should be submitted to the full force and penalties of his violation(s) as strongly as any other citizen. He has a responsiblitiy to the public and he has failed it.

Posted by: Dr.John | September 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Shame on him. He does not set a good example! Also the four rent stabalized apartments he occupies, Three other deserving famlies who live in his district have been denied affordable homes because of his greed. I guess he thinks more of himself then his fellow man. Shame Oh Itwas an oversight! BALONEY

Posted by: Abe | September 10, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Rangel = typical democrit hypocrit

Charlie claims to be "for the little guy", "he's one of us"... from his tax free villa on the beach in a foreign country sippling champagne with Reid and Pelosi...bought and paid for by Country Wide Financial....hypocrit, hypocrit, hypocrit one and all!

Posted by: Kevin | September 10, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

How come the Washington Post doesn't take this guys to task? You can bet if he was a Republican they would be on him like a pack of jackals.

It is incredible that this guy thinks that following the laws that the rest of us have to follow is being "held to a higher standard of propriety". He is the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee!! He is essentially begging to be held to a lower standard.

There are only three assesments one can make from his comments:

1. He is too stupid to hold that seat.
2. He is too arrogant to hold that seat.
3. He thinks we the people are stupid.

Whatever of these three cases it is they all prove him unfit for public service (much less chairman of the Ways and Means Committee). I wouldn't put this guy to work as a crossing guard. The work is too important for someone like him.

Posted by: cesar | September 10, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope McCain and Palin clean up the Senate house and penalize these crooks where it hurts, their wallets.

Posted by: James | September 10, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The guy who was behind the 25% penalty for anyone who defaults on a school loan was John Boehner! Why would you add 25% a year to people's school loan total after they declare themselves broke? Would that indicate you are trying to get paid back, or that you want to make it hopeless for the person to pay back the loan? Boehner set-up the giant ripoff vessell that is my life. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Cracks me up when partisans say it's the democrats or it's the Republicans fault. You have to be crazy not to see that both parties are completely immersed in crookery. It's not one or the other. C'mon, it's both. Equally! They're both just as evil as the other.

Posted by: Joe Ryan | September 10, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

the only committee Rangel should chair is the ways and means to act corruptly and/or incompetently, as he had clearly demonstrated a great aptitude for these.
If Obama truly wants change, why has he not called for Rangel's resignation? Having been caught, he has now 'graciously' agreed to pay. The arrogance is incredible.

Posted by: Mike Rollins | September 10, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

For those that insist that Charles Rangel resign, would you say the same thing about Jerry Lewis or Larry Craig? How about John McCain, who was a member of the Keating Five?

Probably not, which makes you incredibly intellectually dishonest and blindly partisan.

Posted by: Thomas Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse


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In the Washington swamp, having a tax cheat head the House Tax Panel is probably considered normal, politics-as-usual.

Voters can be hopeful that The Real American Team of McCain-Palin will clean up this cesspool and restore common sense and ethical behavior.

On the other hand, what would you expect plagiarist-joe, a 30+ year Beltway parasite and the poster-boy for all that is rotten with Washington, to do?

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Posted by: ALEX H. | September 10, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Rangel is a sleazy crook, and the fact that the democrats and their phony ethics reform won't touch him is evidence of their collective dishonesty. Pathetic, corrupt democrats are responsible for Congressional approval rate of 9%. Contemptible!

Posted by: Larry g | September 10, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

He didn't make a "mistake", he got caught. OK, Charley, here is the door.

Posted by: anjii | September 10, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Didn't I see an article about CINDY MCCAIN having to do the EXACT SAME THING?

SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

Posted by: HMMM | September 10, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think it would have been very hard for Charlie to get "rent control" in NYC if he had fully disclosed his income...so 4 (yes 4) rent controlled apartments would have gone to other people.

Arguably, Charlie has gamed the system...as he sits as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee...

Now, Charlie's got his lipstick out, but he isn't able to muffle the oinks...and if it walks like a....well, you get the point.

Posted by: Rent Control in NYC | September 10, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

If you're going to try to sound intelligent and voice your opinions as if you know something, please at least try to present yourself as literate.

It is spelled: "hypocrite".

Firefox has a spel chekr. Ewe maye wunt two luk ennto et.

Posted by: Webster | September 10, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

First he avoids. now he vows. That should get him free and clear.

Posted by: Diogenes | September 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

No, Charlie Rangel wouldn't see anything he's done as "morally wrong" How about the 4 rent stabilized apartments in NYC, he hogged up. Apartments (supposedly)set aside for lower income people, the very people he champions, how's that for morally wrong. Not paying taxes? If he didn't get caught, I doubt he'd rectify it on his own. There are 2 kinds of democrats; guilt ridden and greedy, Rangel falls into the second catagory. I say fire the bum.

Posted by: Brooke | September 10, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Joe...welcome to America. By the way, the IRS=theirs. At any rate, it is only going to get worse. That's change you can count on.

:)

So Washington is a den of thieves. Like that's big news. What's that they say? Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

CROOK CROOK AND CROOK THREE TIMES OVER PUT HIM IN JAIL

Posted by: JORN | September 10, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Typical Typical???? Absolutely. Time to vote all the 535 incumbents out of office and put a new bunch of thieves in Congress.

Posted by: George | September 10, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"...I am held to a higher standard of propriety," one which he admitted he has not met in this case.

There is a difference between stepping down as chairman and leaving a committee. I believe he is only being asked to step down as chairman, a reasonable request for a person facing an assortment of self requested ethics inquiries.

He says he doesn't believe he has done anything "morally wrong." Not paying taxes on rental income is a "legal wrong," and to try to claim he didn't know is stupid. When does this dream end!

Posted by: Howard | September 10, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse


90% of the legislators in DC are scam artists! That is why there are in politics! What does DC attract...? Lawyers! I have never met a lawyer who was not a dirt bag husstler! Have you...?

Posted by: Big Daddy | September 10, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

They should be treated like orf

Posted by: stanley | September 10, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Charlie is a scumbag and the Congress of the United States of America is composed mostly of morally bankrupt people or crazies like Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer. The Senate has communists like Diane Fineswine and Charles Schumer and Ted Kennedy and Osama Obama, all who make Che Guevarra or Mao Tse Tsung seem like conservative Republicans. Yeah, Ted "where's Mary Jo?" Kennedy...no wonder our Congress won't clean itself up! Don Young and Ted Stevens, two of the worst sleazes who ever took the oath of office...and there's hundreds more of them.
We need a Constitutional Amendment to make Abuse of the Public Trust a capital crime.

Posted by: Denis | September 10, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse


Tom Maugham you said: "Larry Craig says what...?"

You liberals ought to know... homosexuals are one of your largest constituents...!

Posted by: Big Daddy | September 10, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Nothing MORALLY wrong!!! I don't care about morally wrong, he broke the law! He is a LAW MAKER!!! That's his job and he doesn't think we should care that he made a mistake that we would all pay dearly for!!! Resign you bum.

Posted by: DemInMD | September 10, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

All wrong. Charlie is Black. He is entitled.

Posted by: Nilmah Pilihp | September 10, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Not shocking that he considers his tenure as an elected official is "career."

What a sad nation we have become.

Posted by: Tar Heelz | September 10, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Let's not be so quick to judge. Face it, the US tax code is complex. It's possible Charlie didn't think he had to pay income tax on money made outside of the US. Raise your hand if you have a mutual fund, if you know whether it invested in foreign companies, and whether you paid income tax on that portion of your investments. If you don't know the answer, you could be in Charlie's shoes too.

These comments always suggest throwing people in jail. Just let the man pay his penalties the way each of us can if we screw up our taxes.

Posted by: hold your horses | September 10, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

This is crazy! You can't hold Rangel responsible!!!! This is all George Bush's fault...just like everything else. Rangel knows how to raise your taxes, he has helped do it many times. This is the media playing the race card. Next thing you know, they will call him a pig wearing lipstick.
All of this is Bush's fault, and a racist media.

Posted by: Larry | September 10, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Neither Republican'ts nor Democraps have a hold on integrity. Both parties belong in the garbage. The only way for "change" is to acquire a new party... Members WITHOUT a law degree.

Posted by: ? Change ? | September 10, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"He should resign from Congress.

He is indeed a crook, a liar, and a thief.

He's dishonest as well."

With that criteria, there would only be a few people left... I agree though that anyone caught not playing by the rules should be investigated and, if found to be culpable, removed from office. That goes for everyone.

Posted by: SP | September 10, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

He's always been a crook so it's not supprising. Nor is it supprising that he blames the GOP, it's his teflon politics. He must resign.

Posted by: sam cunningham | September 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Rangel is a bonefied African American hero. Ya'll Bushies wudn't be talkin yo trash if he was a republinuttin. Bettr get on off yo high hosses and quit. Leve da man alone and stop wriglin yo noses, rabbits.

Posted by: William | September 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

By the way, anyone who wants to try to paint Obama with this brush is only trying to throw stones and is not to be taken seriously.

One is not guilty by association, if that were true we'd all be in jail.

Posted by: SP | September 10, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

HMMM...Cindy McCain is not in politics nor does she make laws, idiot!

hold your horses ..another scary voter. Rangel helps write the tax law you nin-com-poop and the reason they are so complex is because of morons like him.

Posted by: LouV | September 10, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Stupid negro, tricks are for kids!
Let's lynch him too.

Posted by: Kelly Tilghman | September 10, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

He's made a mistake, and he's going to recitify it. How many of you have fudged on your taxes? THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.

NOW,if Boner could exert enough energy to OUT himself, and all the other misguided criminals who've comitted treason, stolen billions from the treasury, no bid contracts, etc., on ad nauseum.........wouldn't it be a grand world?

You can nark on some, BUT this stuff is innocent child's play compared to the horrors visitied upon this great nation by the Republicon Partay.

Posted by: values voter | September 10, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

This is all Bus's fault, Bush should be impeached immediately!

Posted by: Hillary '08 | September 10, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

All Bush's fault, Bush should resign.

Posted by: Dems 08 | September 10, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

WOW.......A NEW SCANDAL EVERY DAY.

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR is embroiled in a major scandal, and has been "misbehaving" quite a bit since those VALUES LOVING folks associated with boosh took over.

ELEMENTS OF STYLE INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
1.CHEATING ALL OF US citizens.
2.COCAINE..........YES, AND THEN SOME.
3. SEX.....just wondering what kind!!

HAVE A NICE DAY GOPERS......DENIAL: IT'S NOT JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT.

DISGUSTINGLY ROUTINE CORRUPT, MISGUIDED, FAKES....oh, wait, they are soooooo pro Jesus........NOT.

Posted by: values voter | September 10, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Didn't I see an article about CINDY MCCAIN having to do the EXACT SAME THING?

SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

Posted by: HMMM | September 10, 2008 4:35 PM

Ummmm, Cindy McCain is not Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee? Or that she's a private citizen

MORON!!!

Posted by: Michael A., Esq. | September 10, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"Didn't I see an article about CINDY MCCAIN having to do the EXACT SAME THING?

SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

Posted by: HMMM | September 10, 2008 4:35 PM"

My God, what a buffoon.
Cindy McCain is not the elected official that is the CHAIRMAN of the Congressional Committee that oversea the TAX CODE!
And you don't get it? HAAAHAAAHAAAA.

Posted by: RoBoTech | September 10, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

And this 2008 Presidential Election Weekly Poll says it all. You Won't Believe These Results!

http://www.votenic.com

See What America Thinks!

Posted by: Brandon | September 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse


Put this crooked piece of trash in the slammer and throw away the key.

We are sick of corruption on BOTH SIDES of the isle. HANG ALL OF THESE TREASONOUS BASTARDS.

Posted by: reason | September 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Charlie has "earned" the right to be a thief. He has served his constituents for many years. So whats the big deal anyway?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Let's make a deal.

Rangel should be made to leave office or even go to jail when Bush and his cronies agree to join him.

Why the double standards?? Rights is right, wrong is wrong. What kind of example are people on the right setting for their children when they embrace hypocrisy???

Posted by: David | September 10, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

A TYPICAL BLAK POLITICIAN!!!!

A STINKING BLAK CRIMINAL!!!!!

HANG THE NIGGAARS!!!!!

Posted by: Jesse Jackoff | September 10, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

What is this, paid republican comment day? Look at the morons, who are all drugged up and sexed out, in charge of BILLIONS in oil royalties that were put there by REPUBLICANS, and this amounts to a pee hole in the snow. Why dont you R's ever comment about the TRILLION dollars your moronic leaders have cost this country with the needless war in Iraq and the BILLIONS lost to your banking and mortgage mess, thanks Grahm and company, MCcains economic adviser.

Posted by: JoeC | September 10, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Joe Ryan, quit stealing from the system and pay your way you whining whelp!

Posted by: MadMat | September 10, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Rangel said "I am held to a higher standard of propriety"

He did not even met the standard of an ordinary American citizen!

Posted by: cs | September 10, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Making a mistake doesn't mean having to give up your career.. Unless of course the mistake is tax evasion and you are the head of a national ethics committee.

Posted by: Dave | September 10, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Sound familiar?

A crook blaming someone else for their misdeeds

Posted by: volunteer | September 10, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, he will probably be re-elected and backed by the democratic party

Posted by: volunteer | September 10, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

This clown Rangel is a criminal and makes hard working, tax paying African Americans look bad. If I ran him over with my car but said it was a mistake would he refuse to press charges. America why do we stand for these thieving politicians? It's time to vote this clowns that been in Washington for several terms out!!!!! Give someone else a chance to get corrupted and wealthy.

Posted by: Paul | September 10, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

If you or I were to evade taxes for over 10 years and claim it's just an oversight and we were writing the tax laws, if we were to occupy four rent controlled apartments in one of the most expensive real estate markets and to top it off, never had to pay interest on our mortgage, we would be getting visits from the FBI, IRS, Police.
But if we were a powerful black congressman and leader of the congressional black caucus.....Speaker Palosi give him a salute , the FBI a pat on the back , IRS would says it's no big deal.....must be great to be Rengal.

Posted by: starryperdun | September 10, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

So, Rangel adheres to the principal it's your moral duty to cheat on your taxes. Some example!

Posted by: Jimmy | September 10, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Rangel says its all an honest mistake and he wasn't aware of what was going on. Try that line on the IRS when they find you deficient. When the chairman of the congressional committee that writes tax policy is flummoxed over the law, then the entire tax code should be thrown out and rewritten so even a member of congress can understand it.

Posted by: Jeff in Orlando | September 10, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Ya'll need to just calm down. The reason politicians are so sleazy is because we are so sleazy. Civil discourse has left this country long ago, and now everyone's left in a state of anger and contempt. Just check out these comments. You want the politicians, businesses, and media to straighten up? Straighten up yourself. Respect each other, play nice, disagree, but don't disparage. The world isn't going to end if someone doesn't vote or think like you. Even if it does, at least you didn't die with a gigantic chip on your shoulder and an ulcer in your gut.

Posted by: cwmaxson | September 10, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Lost faith in this Rangel jerk after he bashed a UN rep for speaking out against GW Bush a year or so ago. I hope this waste-of-space is indicted and jailed...he's pathetic, even for a politician.

Posted by: duke nukem | September 10, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The guy is a crud bag!! They never know they've done anything "bad" until their ass gets in a vice. A careful review would show that if he's had his tax returns prepared by a separate entity then he lied each year. He should step aside --

Posted by: Hairlessbear | September 10, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes but Britney Spars is making her come back! Isn't that all that really matters here?!

Posted by: larry jones | September 10, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The federal government's low approval ratings baffle me. What is the government doing wrong? So far, it's been a corrupt individual here, a corrupt individual there, and several loan sharks who don't know what they're doing and traders who THINK they know what they're doing - the vast majority of which aren't in the government. So the economy might not be the government's fault to begin with.

Posted by: Ricky | September 10, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

If he was a Republican would you all being saying such nasty things about him?

Posted by: nodedog | September 10, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

And this is from Pelosi's "Most Moral Congress Ever"... Kinda sad that this is the best she can do.

Posted by: HeckSpawn | September 10, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I wonder who will likely do more to clean-up these types of ethics violations in Washington: Obama or McCain.

Hmmm. Is that a question? Obama wouldn't lift a finger against Rangel. McCain'll throw'em out.

Posted by: KevinSF | September 10, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Let's send him to the bathroom and let him tap his foot and see who answers! Our congress is the best money can buy. Both sides of the aisle are corrupt and we sit idly by.
Seems like I recall something along the lines of...When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Let's throw out all the incumbents and start over!

Posted by: Arlis | September 10, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

"Ya'll need to just calm down. The reason politicians are so sleazy is because we are so sleazy. Civil discourse has left this country long ago, and now everyone's left in a state of anger and contempt. Just check out these comments. You want the politicians, businesses, and media to straighten up? Straighten up yourself. Respect each other, play nice, disagree, but don't disparage. The world isn't going to end if someone doesn't vote or think like you. Even if it does, at least you didn't die with a gigantic chip on your shoulder and an ulcer in your gut."

Holy Cow!! A voice of reason.
Couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by: DAE | September 10, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse


What a first class criminal. What an excuse by saying I did not know anything because my wife does the taxes. Right -- throw her under the bus. He has a high-priced lawyer but cannot afford an accountant. In addition, even more amazing than the IRS stuff --- How does the rest of the country get a NO-Interest Loan? Where do “WE THE PEOPLE” sign up for that deal? You have got to love those self righteous Democrats.

Posted by: Former New Yorker | September 10, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I applaud, CWMAXSON, for stepping up and saying something constructive. Take stock of your own lives, vote for individuals who you feel have a reasonable chance of being worthwhile civil servants and hold them accountable to their words and deeds every election cycle. As a republic, we are responsible for voting in the same crooked politicians term after term. Take responsibility and do something about it rather than vent here. Better, if you feel you are immune to the influences of Washington politics, big business lobbyists and preferential treatment, run for office and do us all a favor.

Posted by: JoeB | September 10, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

There is no party that has a monopoly on honesty or corruption. The fact is that without term limits there will never be any change in our representative system. That being said, this discourse and vehemence of it is simply scary. I will most likely vote for McCain, but I voted for Kerry in the previous election. President Bush truly is an embarrasment. Truth is that we simply need to HOLD ALL politicians to a very high standard and crush those of any party who violate the public trust. Let's take back control of our country.

Posted by: James | September 10, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

it does not matter what side dem or rep there are a lot of crooks. in the capitol we the people are for sale to the highest bidder we are also guilty by putting them there maybe we do need a third party maybe ron paul is right things will not change does not matter who whens in november

Posted by: wtobias | September 10, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

What disturbs me about this and other elected officials involved with questionable activities is the arrogance they exude.

Somehow they believe they should be treated differently than the rest of us. It's almost as if they consider themselves more equal than us. Never mind that WE employ these criminals by giving them our votes.

I say fire them all!

Posted by: Fed Up With Them All | September 10, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

TERM LIMITS - TERM LIMITS - TERM LIMITS

Posted by: TERM LIMITS | September 10, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

He said he is going to pay the back taxes. That's different than what Republicans have been doing.... lying to cover up the lies and then getting pardoned for lying.

Posted by: Jay | September 10, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

This guy and anyone else in government that commits crimes should be permanently barred from serving in any official capacity, forever...no "pardons, expungements, or cover-ups (hello M$M)".

Posted by: UnSabbath | September 10, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we start removing these crooks when we can? This is just outright white collar crime and who cares who else did what and got away with it. Who cares who created a system of coruption because it is just a circular argument.
Criminals cannot help themselves and if we start today with a clear conviction of what is acceptable and what is not we will have another shot at the rest.
Too many people are out to prove how intelligent they are instead of just enforcing the law and that is probably why there is no law.

Posted by: Ken | September 10, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Just business as usual in the two party system. As long as they can ensure that no viable political alternatives can emerge, this will be as good as it gets.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Does he know Resko too?

Posted by: Roy | September 10, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I would have paid, but they kept speaking Spanish! LOL

Posted by: Mn nice | September 10, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

It's not just Democrats that are crooked. From what I remember John McCain admitted to filing false income tax returns by not claiming thousands of dollars in gifts he and his family received from Charles Keating and Keating’s company.

Posted by: Chaz | September 10, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

We the people gave away our country when we refused to force TERM LIMITS.
Thomas Jefferson believed in a revolution every twenty years (not necessarily bloody) to maintain our freedoms.
Proof that change can be desireable: The country is either going to elect Obama or Palin, to new faces. Forget McCain and Biden - their both lost in past worlds.

Posted by: Joe | September 10, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

He's six years OLDER than McCain. He can't remember things, like paying taxes on $75,000 a year for rent income. Come on, give him a break, I mean what's $75,000 amongst friends?

Posted by: Mutt | September 10, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

what else is new

Posted by: pj | September 10, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

So typical, I will make sure YOU PAY, but not me.

Posted by: Mn nice | September 10, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Must be ok if you simply have so many homes you forget one. When are people going to wake up and move beyond party politics???

After NEWSWEEK asked about the matter, a McCain aide e-mailed a receipt dated Friday, June 27, confirming payment by the trust to San Diego County in the amount of $6,744.42. The trust still owes an additional $1,742 for this year, an amount that is overdue and will go into default July 1.

Posted by: nitella | September 10, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

OH MY' ROUGHLY $10,000 in taxes over a twenty year period, THATS A ABOUT $500 bucks per year

THAT SURE IS A LOT OF MONEY

THIS SEEMS LIKE A political" WHICH HUNT"

SOMEONE IN POWER WANTS HIM OUT!
PERHAPS ITS BIG OIL, OR APAC but he is out!

OH and for the record Mr. Rangle's TOTAL NETWORTH IS ABOUT $670k,
MY dog is worth more than that...

In political terms, Rangle is as clean a politician you can get given the amount of power he weilds...
the masses should wake the F#$#K up and smell the politics brewing!

Posted by: WITCH HUNT | September 10, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Can't keep talking about Rangle can we? He sounds just like Stuart Smally running here in MN. "I didn't know I had to pay taxes on income from other states". But Rangle is the tax man of the US! He's OLDER too, that's your rant on McCain isn't it? It time he retires to that condo in Texas.

Posted by: Mn nice | September 10, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I love Charlie Rangel.

The people posting here are retarded. Charlie Rangel is not a radical. In fact he supported Hillary and stuck with her over Obama, against the wishes of his constituents (I disagree with him on that, but it shows how moderate he is).

Republicans have ABSOLUTELY no right to talk about sleaze. They engineered the concept.

Posted by: Brad | September 10, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, well - Charlie Rangel says people make mistakes, and I read that he also said making mistakes shouldn't mean you have to give up your career. Hmmm, isn't Ole Charlie one of those screaming Demos who is always quick to attack anything that a Repub. does or did, calling for resignations? Maybe he feels it's only a tax issue so no big deal; however, when you hold the position he does, you have a duty to lead your life above reproach. Isn't it amazing that he and his fellow Dems want to tax and tax everyone else, yet he fails to pay his own tax bill! It's OK for everyone else but not for good ole Charlie! I also don't buy his pleas of ignorance. He should know about his finances and business dealings, and if he is not smart enough, then he shouldn't be in Congress. I don't buy it, especially after reading about some of his past troubles and current issues with the NYC apts. He is such a hyprocite, although he seems a little more humble. I guess when you are finally exposed as the hypocrite you are, you tend to tone it down a bit. Oh, and another thing - if he has not paid taxes for a number of years, why is this tax bill not going to be MUCH higher after adding in interest and penalties? Only $5,000 to $10,000?! Please, I don't buy it, and if it is, does that mean he is still getting special treatment by having interest and penalties waived?

Posted by: RD | September 10, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Don't bring up the Keating 5 and compare John McCain to Rangel. John McCain was cleared of all wrongdoing. It was specifically found that he violated no laws at all, and also did not violate any rules of the Senate. So give it up. Charlie Rangel should be investigated. If he did something wrong, he should be punished. If you want to talk about Republican corruption, at least have half a brain and pick a Republican who actually did something wrong.

Posted by: Tim | September 11, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats and Republicans are horrified and guilt ridden whenever they are forced to recognize that someone from the other party is a worm. There you go. They're in it together. The Fannie Mae bailout was the worst financial crime they ever committed against us, and most people are unaware of what happened or the consequences. I'm wondering what they actually have to do to us before the American people quit voting for anyone form either of the two major crime factions. Apparently they haven't stolen enough yet. What's it going to take?

Hey Madmat. I was actually addressing my comments to sane people, and judging by comments you leave on these post, that doesn't include you. So go back to playing with your little toy truck and get your Mommy to bring you some milk before beddy-Bedtime.

MadMat Said "Holy Cow!! The same whiners who said we shouldn't go to Iraq said we were losing as we drove into Bagdhad said we were losing as the Iraqis held free elections said we were losing as we brought peace and prosperity to a dictator-ravaged nation are saying we are losing as we start to bring our troops home. We need never gloat in our victories, but neither should we bemoan them."

Really, The Iraq war was a good idea, and it's a "victory"? Get a grip, loser.

Matmut said:
"Gov. Palin comes accross as both a great communicator and a humble, down-to-earth wife/mother. I wish her the best of luck.
To Michelle Simmons, I went to public school too, but your comments are so incomprehensibly unstructured as to be ridiculous. Learn first, then speak..."

Hey Madmut, before you start trying to hold yourself out as a grammar cop, learn how to spell the word "accross".

Posted by: Joe Ryan | September 11, 2008 3:06 AM | Report abuse

It's sad that you guys are running scared. Apparently, it is okay when a Republican does something and no one hears about it or ask that they step down. You can not have it both ways, if a republican is dirty or depicted as a liar and hypocrite-oh,they have to resign from their post. Why, you don't. And if you do, you get a pardon from the President for your wrong doings. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. It is clear that you believe that a major and significant change is about to happen, so the less people of color in power is better for you. Stop running scared, just because Charlie has not disclosed or paid taxes, like so many of you republicans who have selective memory and failed to disclose, does not mean you should give him the boot. People who live in glass houses, should not throw stones. You can't talk about someone else's backyard if your yard has not been cleaned.

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The party of the egalitarian ideal will invoke its "more equal" clause in the bylaws and Rangell will walk with a slap on the wrist. Nothing to see here, folks, now move along.

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Posted by: WinAntiSpyware | September 11, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

How can the cheif tax writer not pay all of his taxes - He has to resign or be forced out of that post immediately
I think there is also grouns for him to go to Jail and/or lease his seat - but that is up to the courts
I hope his constituents boot him out - I am afraid they will not
If the Democratic party protects hinm that will show how out of touch they are - I guess the Dems want to raise taxes for the rich as long as they in congress get to not pay them - at least the republicans gave a tax cut to all people

Posted by: Mario | September 11, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

While McCain lectures homeowners who foreclose about being ?irresponsible,? maybe he should pay the $1,742 that San Diego County says he still owes.

From SF Examiner Aug 22 2008

Posted by: Brianna | September 11, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

the representative said he would pay the money you all kept delay until he was indicted such as with stevenson and you all better walk light because you rep have been in power so you take more bribes and gifts, have to hide more money we americans know that i feel like if you ask one to step down you need to ask them all or make it a rule that if you come under suspicion you need to give up your post you cannot investigate others when you are wrong yourself i do not think he is a thief or a crook he is a good and decent man like many others there are some who need to be gone from news,radio,congress, the senate,the whitehouse,some corp exec should be in jail some of the things you ahve done should be tried in criminal court i am sick of all of you especially karl rove and oliver north these two guys have hurt us more than sadam of any terrorist ever could they don't kill people pysically but they kill the sprit of millions of americans if raqngel did wrong then he needs to do what he would expect others to do but those waving fingers watch out the ditch you dig today will be the one you fall in tommorow

Posted by: jeanise55 | September 11, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Good Job, Charlie....! Now the Republicans have convinced every one that the Democrats are just as corrupt as the GOP are....and since none of you have the balls to stand up and actually accuse this administration of breaking the Laws...or even allow a serious impeachment hearing(except Kucinich, Wexler and now McDermott) in the house..the public thinks that that is just a bunch of corrupt whining Democrats..throwing stones..too..yeah you guys have managed, with your own incompetence and scared shuffling, and side stepping prosecutions..(except for all those sternly worded letters) not prosecuting or sending the Sgt. of Arms after Rove, Miers or Bolton...by not DOING one damn thing..even that scared little man in the Senate..REID...who is so afraid of the GOP..when they just say the word "filibuster" Reid starts crying and blowing his nose and then he says "okay, then, table the bill...(we won't make you do an actual filibuster, we don't want to be here either...") Now just why should any one vote for a Democrat..you are weak, (won't even stand up to the GOP), you are just as corrupt (some of you knew about the torture and the spying)....and you lie about the laws broken by the GOP..because if you really thought that they were guilty...you would do something...throw them in jail, hold impeachment hearings...DO something...but since you won't..then you are just lying and playing politics, the same as the GOP..and there is no difference between the two parties any more

Posted by: chabuka | September 11, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Love you Charlie Rangel - voice of the people of the great city of New York.

Why don't the Republicans call for investigations of the the financial practices of Cheney and Bush and Condi Rice and Karl Rove.
Have not heard a word from them about those.
This has been the Most corrupt GOP Congress and White House in decades.

Posted by: vgnyc | September 11, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

O'Bama missed a golden opportunity by not picking Rangel for his running mate. Seems like they could have a lot to chat about over a beer after a busy day of Race Hustling those of us who work for a living.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Charles Rangel [D.NYC] Pompous yes, liar yes, thief yes. Humility no. Why? because humility comes from wisdom, all the things we see, and hear from this man, and others of his party, with there secular humanism, have no one to be account to. So the only reason for them to be here, is to consume and enjoy, to lie, steal,and cheat, so that thy can consume, and enjoy.

Posted by: xthat | September 12, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he can borrow some of the 25 billion being put out for auto makers, so the unions don't loose their $35.00 an hour sweepers. If chuck can't know what taxes he should pay, maybe he should hire an accountant that can add. More of the public school proof that it doesn't work.

Posted by: Corr Uption | September 12, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that every time Charlie Rangel gets up in the morning it's to a new dawn and a new set of ethics trouble. When it rains, it pours.

Speaking of troubles, your readers might find an admittedly light hearted but related piece on this phenomenon by checking out "When it rains . . ." at http://writingfrontier.com/2008/09/06/when-it-rains/

Enjoy.

Posted by: Writing Frontier | September 12, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I think the non reporting of income from a foreign trust are much more punitive that one might anticipate. Look it up. Plus the no interest on a mtg for 18 years. This would be considered a gift subject to at least 35%. Interest on the non payment plus penalties. Hum - could be a lot more money that just the income on 75k!

Posted by: Robin Hood | September 12, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Certain people can get away with murder and not be held responsible. look at O.J. He did! Rangel will get off too!

Posted by: Dora | September 13, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for coming forth to pay those overdue taxes Charles! Now, if only GOP could encourage their members to be as forthright and do the same for their oversights--instead of hiding behind the law like Senators Larry Craig (ID), Norm Coleman (MN), and many others. Rep Tom Delay (TX) still receives a government salary (after resigning) for all the crooked deals he ran while in congress-Delay should be serving time!

Posted by: concerned | September 14, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the Democrats running a Congress filled with the same old culture of corruption and criminals.

And we were led to believe by the Democrats and the media that only the Republicans could do this. Yeah..., sure...,

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse


Typical democrat scum.

Posted by: reason | September 15, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

how? why? the house and the senate have a great way too bypass the irs. sign a bill and get a check for $5 thousand dollars. and thet(the house and senate) can sign in their buddies and more money.what happen too the epa investigation?

Posted by: lenins5 | September 15, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

the only thing this walking colostemy bag regrets is getting caught

Posted by: dick cabesa | September 15, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

not surprising that he was one of queen hillary's most stalwart supporters. same brand of filthy sleeze

Posted by: dick cabesa | September 15, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

So if Nutcase Nancy Pelosi and her band of
Culture of Corruption Democrats want to
"drain the swamp in Congress" then why have
you,Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi allowed so
many of your crooked and totally corrupt
fellow Democrats like Congressman Charlie
Rangel,William Cold Cash Jefferson and all
the rest break every law in the book at
will? Looks like Nancy Pelosi lies as much
as her prodigy Barack Hussein Obama does.

Posted by: Claudiine 1000 | September 15, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Hold your horses-Wake up, Jay -you're an idiot

Are you in Disneyland? Rangel initiated the investigation himself. Please! Where do you live? I am in his District here in Manhattan, NY. He is a criminal scumbag! Do you have any idea how much an apt cost here in NY, NY? (Not including the fees to find one) The market values of those apartments are minimum $2,000-$4000 a month. Rent controlled apartments haven’t been given out for over 25 years, except to poor people who qualify for section-8 HUD and live in a Government Project. The only way a person can live in a rent control apartment today, is if the apt has remained in the same family (beginning with Grandparents) since the 1950' & 1960's. When the leaseholder dies, without another family member to assume the lease, the chain is broken and the Rent Control deal ends. At this time, the building’s owner puts the place up for rent at the market rate. Scumbag lowlife Rangel- has 4 of these apts, 3 which he rents out at market rates and one he uses for an "office" (ya right). He lives in none of them. He has never paid taxes on this rental income going back at least 20 years! Rather than to let these rent control apts expire and be report them to the City and building owner, he underhandedly assumed their rent control contracts from constituents in his district who had died.
This is flat out larceny and an egregious misuse of power! Could you even imagine what would happen if one of us was caught in this situation? Forget about the criminal aspect, we would have to pay back taxes with interests on 100's of thousands earned dollars!
I have not even mentioned the Villa this thief owns and rents out in the Dominican Republic (or how he got that, since his district includes west Harlem, which is home an extremely large Dominican population).

Dch, this super duper twerp Rangel sits as the head of 2 of the most influential committees in our Federal Government: The Ways and Means Committee & the Ethics Committee. He is one of the five top lawmakers in our Nation. Are you nuts, in thinking that this derelict should have a hand in raising our taxes and appropriating them as he wishes-while at the same time, he is personally defrauding and stealing from the Treasury?
Dch, as a side note, since I am unaware of your location, I need to make sure you realize that the tax rate in NY, NY is higher than anywhere else in the United States
For my paltry condominium (fewer square feet than any of the four Rangel apts), my annual City property taxes alone are over $11,000. When you add in Federal taxes, I pay well over 40% in taxes on my total income. This man took on a fiduciary responsibility to protect and uphold the law and look out for the interests of American taxpayers. Rangel must be put down.

Posted by: pdiddy | September 16, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Larry,
Are you in Disneyland? Rangel initiated the investigation himself. Please! Where do you live? I am in his District here in Manhattan, NY. He is a criminal scumbag! Do you have any idea how much an apt cost here in NY, NY? (Not including the fees to find one) The market values of those apartments are minimum $2,000-$4000 a month. Rent controlled apartments haven’t been given out for over 25 years, except to poor people who qualify for section-8 HUD and live in a Government Project. The only way a person can live in a rent control apartment today, is if the apt has remained in the same family (beginning with Grandparents) since the 1950' & 1960's. When the leaseholder dies, without another family member to assume the lease, the chain is broken and the Rent Control deal ends. At this time, the building’s owner puts the place up for rent at the market rate. Scumbag lowlife Rangel- has 4 of these apts, 3 which he rents out at market rates and one he uses for an "office" (ya right). He lives in none of them. He has never paid taxes on this rental income going back at least 20 years! Rather than to let these rent control apts expire and be report them to the City and building owner, he underhandedly assumed their rent control contracts from constituents in his district who had died.
This is flat out larceny and an egregious misuse of power! Could you even imagine what would happen if one of us was caught in this situation? Forget about the criminal aspect, we would have to pay back taxes with interests on 100's of thousands earned dollars!
I have not even mentioned the Villa this thief owns and rents out in the Dominican Republic (or how he got that, since his district includes west Harlem, which is home an extremely large Dominican population).

Dch, this super duper twerp Rangel sits as the head of 2 of the most influential committees in our Federal Government: The Ways and Means Committee & the Ethics Committee. He is one of the five top lawmakers in our Nation. Are you nuts, in thinking that this derelict should have a hand in raising our taxes and appropriating them as he wishes-while at the same time, he is personally defrauding and stealing from the Treasury?
Dch, as a side note, since I am unaware of your location, I need to make sure you realize that the tax rate in NY, NY is higher than anywhere else in the United States
For my paltry condominium (fewer square feet than any of the four Rangel apts), my annual City property taxes alone are over $11,000. When you add in Federal taxes, I pay well over 40% in taxes on my total income. This man took on a fiduciary responsibility to protect and uphold the law and look out for the interests of American taxpayers. Rangel must be put down.

Posted by: pdiddy | September 16, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Rangel got caught trying to evade taxes and now, course, being a Democrat, it was just a big mistake unlike those nasty, dishonest Reublicans. Charlie, you've been busted!!!

Posted by: lorddunsmore | September 16, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Let's see - lawyer, liar, thief, crook, thinks he's done nothing wrong. Sounds like a perfect candidate for the U.S. Congress these days.

Posted by: D | September 16, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Charley :(

Posted by: D. Phelps | September 16, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that when an ordinary citizen who may be barely literate, has no more than a grade school education says, "sorry I made a mistake," the courts say that is no excuse?

Yet, when a well educated, sophisticated person, who supposedly is intelligent enough to be put in positions of responsibility such as the leader of the house ways and means committee, says, "sorry, I made a mistake," that excuse absolves him of his misdeed.

Does anyone think that when it comes to politicians like Charlie Rangel and his peers on either side of the aisle there is a double standard? Isn't it about time we all said we are sick and tired of your mistakes and think you should suffer the consequences just like ordinary people?

Posted by: Keith | September 17, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

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