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Rangel Should Just Resign Already

It’s unfortunate but hardly a shock that a Republican-led resolution to strip Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) of his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee until the conclusion of ethics investigations went nowhere. But at least it served to remind us of the list of horribles that got Rangel investigated in the first place.

The House Ethics Committee’s Rangel file is stuffed. There's the below-market rents on four Harlem apartments. The failure to disclose any number of financial assets -- from income from the sale of a Florida condominium to money market and stock dividends to not one but two checking accounts valued between $250,000 and $500,000. That's some serious coin to slip the mind. And then there's Rangel's use of official stationary to request meetings with potential donors to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York. (Today, the New York Post reports that Rangel secured a $3 million defense grant for CCNY that the Pentagon doesn't even want.)

Rangel is a revered member of the Democratic Party and the dean of the New York congressional delegation. But that shouldn't give the chairman of the powerful tax-writing committee a pass on basic ethics laws and financial disclosure rules. If the ethics committee doesn't want to be viewed as condoning Rangel's seriously questionable actions it must move quickly to bring the matter to a close. Given the revelations and his recovered memory, if Rangel had any sense of duty, let alone honor, he'd give up the Ways and Means gavel on his own.

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 7, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
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Comments KNOW Rangel isn't gonna resign due to to a resolution put forth by rethuglicans!! Let's get Ensign to resign first or maybe Vitter...the list of competing resignations is too long on the rethuglican side for this to be relevant.....

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | October 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts exactly. Of course, he should give the charmanship of the Ways and Means Committee.
One might also wonder why the Democratic Party leaders have failed to act.

Rep. Rangel is an excellent example of a hypocritical politician-although he's certainly not standing alone.
The man helps to write tax policy for the rest of us but declines to abide by the tax laws of the country, many of which are written by his committee.

What he has done is not only unethical, it is also criminal.
What ordinary American would still be in such a powerful and lucrative job after being revealed weeks ago as a fraud and a tax cheat.

Why is he still in congress?
Because politicians, it doesn't matter which party, protect each other.

They are all disgusting.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | October 7, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Charles Rangel throughout his career has shown unusual insight, intelligence and courage. He often raises important issues no one else will, like the draft, Haiti, tilted tax laws, etc.
None of the 'charges' against Rangel demonstrate corruption. Aid to City College? It appears Rep. Rangel was doing his job, and assisting an important school that educates an underserved population at very low cost. Rangel is a target only because he does not automatically help the wealthy and entrenched, as has been the pattern of our tax laws.

Posted by: jamespepper | October 7, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Rangel, the loud-mouthed serial tax evader and his "fried, died, and laid to the side" hair will never quit and give up his perks and government paycheck. With a majority fatherless welfare constituency, he can go for another 25 years. God help us.

Posted by: tjhall1 | October 7, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

At the very least, Rangel needs to resign
from the chairmanship. This is just another hypocritical liberal who doesn't pay their taxes but they want to raise everyone else's! And, how do you effectively work with someone you can't even respect?

Posted by: ohioan | October 7, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Rangel is just like most Democrat & Republican Senators. They think they are above the laws that they make for the rest of America.

I think Pelosi should have to resign also for defending such a weasel. If you or I did the same thing the IRS would come after us with guns blazing, but not the Congressman. I believe anyone that defends him or others like him no matter if they are Democrats or Republicans should have to pay for the wrongs they have committed.

From just the TAX money that Rangel owes would help others get their refund on time.

Posted by: wildfire1946 | October 7, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Rangel is a disgrace. The money for CUNY only makes him more like Murtha who has an airport named after him in his district and sends money back there for projects they outsource to the UK. He should resign immediately, and don't forget the fact that he had his car parked in the House garage for seven years. This is as bad as Nasty Pelosi telling everyone that their life was open to inventory to cut back on global warming as she is taking a plane back to California for the weekend. Open and Ethical huh? What a bunch of liars and cheats. Chris Dodd is up there with his house in Ireland too!! What a disgrace this is. Hope and Change?

Posted by: jrfromdallas | October 7, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Well written.

Posted by: sally62 | October 7, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart, are you seriously believing that Rangel should resign before Vitter and Ensign? Even Larry Craig didn't resign! No one resigns in the House or the Senate, so why should Rangel?

Posted by: paris1969 | October 7, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

jamespepper wrote:

Charles Rangel throughout his career has shown unusual insight, intelligence and courage. He often raises important issues no one else will, like the draft, Haiti, tilted tax laws, etc.
None of the 'charges' against Rangel demonstrate corruption. Aid to City College? It appears Rep. Rangel was doing his job, and assisting an important school that educates an underserved population at very low cost. Rangel is a target only because he does not automatically help the wealthy and entrenched, as has been the pattern of our tax laws.


Rangel failed to include more than $500,000 in assets on his disclosure forms. Back in 2008, Rangel estimated his net worth at between $500,000 and $1.2 million. We now know that was off by as much as 50%. Whoops. Corrupt? Who knows. But half a million is alot to "forget" about. Presidential appointees have had careers ruined for lesser transgretions.

Rangel controls numerous (as many as four) rent controlled properties in Manhattan. Anybody who understands why rent control was enacted in the first place knows how slimy and selfish this is. There is a dearth of affordable housing in and around Manhattan. Yet, "Representative" Rangel enjoys the use of four rent-controlled apartments while thousands of New Yorkers have been evicted by landlords trying to turn their buildings into Co-ops. Rangel lives in three adjacent apartments (three f*cking apartments) and uses the fourth as his permanent campaign office. This is directly against City rules that state that rent-controlled apartments are only to be used for primary residences. So, in historically black Harlem, where affordable rent apartments are nearly impossible to find, Representative Rangel has four of them. And, while mere mortals would pay between $7,500 and $8,000 a month for all four apartments, he claims he has only paid less than 50% of that amount on a monthly basis. Kind of ironic how a man of the people and a champion of the urban poor can elevate himself above those he claims to represent.

Now let's talk about that vacation rental property he owns in the Islands. Accoring to published reports, Rangel -- the Member of Congress who chairs the Committee that writes our Nation's tax laws -- did not report more than $75K in rental income over the recent years. Furthermore, it appears that he may have treated the income-producing property as a second residence and wrote off the mortgage interest as a personal deduction and not a business deduction. This further reduces Mr. Rangel's tax liability and is clearly (according to the United States Tax Code) not allowable.

So yeah, Rangel doesn't help the wealthy. But clearly he doesn't help the poor either. Rangel is a symbol of the failed excesses and entitlement culture of both political parties.

Honestly, if you cannot see corruption in all of this, I feel sorry for you. You'll be choking on sand soon if you dig your head any further down....

Posted by: lingering_lead | October 7, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Folks, at least Ensign and Vitter apologized to their constituents and the American people. Unless and until "Representative" Rangel apologizes, I think comparing him to them is like comparing a fish with a bicycle.

Posted by: lingering_lead | October 7, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

We impeached a sitting president because of sexual improprieties but we have two senators, David Vitter--who just couldn't leave the hookers alone, and John Ensign who screws the hired help and then bribes them with government jobs. Why aren't they resigning? If they resign, then Rangel should resign, but there seems to be a double standard here for republicans.

Posted by: blarsen1 | October 7, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Good time charley rangle continues to thumb his nose at his accuser's attempt to force him to resign. The majority of the thug democrats support his illegal activities because there are different standards for his kind.
The "do as I say, not as I do" mentality of the liberal democrats will come back to haunt them in the next election.

Posted by: spiris333 | October 7, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

He is not only a "revered member of the Democratic party," but a bullet-proof, reelectable unless incarcerated (and I'm not too sure about that), senior member of the untouchable Congressional Black Caucus.

Nancy is going to tough it out, because the CBC will have her head if Charlie gets thrown under the bus, and whitey Pete Stark takes over his job at Ways and Means. If whitey Tim Geithner gets a pass, why not Charlie?

There is a developing possibility that 2010 will take care of ol' Charlie's Chairmanship as well as the Speaker's job. I'm sure she's saying to herself, do I want to take sixteen calls from Maxine Waters every day, or should I just let things ride....

I think I'll let things ride!!!

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | October 7, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Democrats have apparently given up even the appearance of having the ethics that they touted during the election. Instead, they excuse unethical and even criminal behavior with fingerpointing and childish cries of "yeah but lookit what he did." Meanwhile, the moral high road becoming the road less taken.

Posted by: Ogman | October 7, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey, wait just minute here! I read the NY Post hatchet job on Charlie Rangel and there is no attribution whatsoever for the claim that the “pentagon doesn’t even want” the project that CCNY has been granted money to research. That money is for research on a lightweight composite armor. The idea was pitched to a CCNY mechanical engineering professor by the Army’s Tank Automotive R & D Center in Michigan. Considering the thousands of lives that could have been saved and the thousands more amputations that could have been prevented by armoring Army trucks in Iraq, I think a little more reporting on such a spurious claim is in order here.

Posted by: codexjust1 | October 7, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

i have always admired congressman rangel for his knowledge and insight into complex tax and financial issues. and i really don't think for a minute that someone in rangel's leadership position is the one who actually sits down at the kitchen table and fills out the financial disclosure forms. so a minor omission here and there might be forgivable since a staff member may not know all of the facts. but in mr. rangel's situation, there are just too many blunders and suspicious transactions that give pause and make one wonder what the heck is going on here. and to me, it doesn't matter whether mr. rangel is a democrat or republican. i'd find this kind of behavior by any politician a little unsettling, especially one who is chair of the tax writing committee in the house. in his position, he should have made certain that there was no inkling of impropriety or even the appearance of impropriety in his dealings. while members of congress are supposed to help support their local institutions and organizations as part of their duties, doing so in such a highly visible manner (sending requests for funding on official stationary) for a center named after the one sending the solicitation smacks of impropriety, especially if those being solicited have interests that may/will come before the committee the congressman chairs. sorry charlie, you should have had better taste.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | October 7, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Rangel should only resign when others who have been accused or confessed to "stuff" do so.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 7, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are making a mistake voting along party lines to stall this in comittee. Yes Rangel is one of their own, but when you tie yourself to corrupt politicians, you eventually pay. The proper move is to 'ask' him to step down for the good of the party.

Posted by: Wiggan | October 7, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

We impeached a sitting president because of sexual improprieties but we have two senators, David Vitter--who just couldn't leave the hookers alone, and John Ensign who screws the hired help and then bribes them with government jobs. Why aren't they resigning? If they resign, then Rangel should resign, but there seems to be a double standard here for republicans.

Posted by: blarsen1

OK, Clinton was impeached for obstruction of justice and perjury. Remember when he stuck out his finger and wagged it in your face and said No. Well, he lied. His libido got him into trouble, and his lack of character got him impeached. And the fact that he was gettin BJs in the Oval Office just isn't becoming.

Vitter and Ensign are both despicable. However both of them (ultimately) told the truth. Neither of them lied under oath to a Grand Jury. Both of them have apologized -- as opposed to Rangel. Vitter and Ensign are guilty of crimes against their families. Their constituents can determine whether to send them back to Washington.

Rangel is apparently guilty of crimes (tax evasion) against the American People.

It's simple. Your ad hominem arguments tying the behavior of Rangel to Vitter/Ensign reaks of party-line talking points and quite honestly does nothing for your cause.

As always, your mileage may vary.

Posted by: lingering_lead | October 7, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Senator Vitter and Senator Ensign...

Have they apologized on the floor of the Senate to their esteemed colleagues and to the nation for their less than Senatorial behavior? Hardly! That same body voted to impeach a former president for a BJ given by an unpaid staffer. Vitter visited call girls and Ensign, I think even worse than Vitter and Craig combined, carried on a torrid affair with his Chief of Staff's wife, tried to cover it up with bribes and other jobs, etc.

Now Charlie, if these allegations prove to be right, then you should give up the chairmanship of the committee. Sorry, but I believe ya'all are there to set an example for the country.

Posted by: Woodie731 | October 7, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Instead, they excuse unethical and even criminal behavior with fingerpointing and childish cries of "yeah but lookit what he did." Meanwhile, the moral high road becoming the road less taken.


There seems to be some notion rattling around in everybody's head that if the other side did it first, then everybody's square. The way I see it, this sort of thing should go to the ethics committee on Monday, and they should have an answer Wednesday morning. If the guy didn't pay his taxes, he shouldn't be a congressman anymore starting Thursday, end of story.

There should also be strict penalties for lodging frivolous ethics complaints to keep it from becoming a political tool, but we should expect and demand zero tolerance for this kind of ridiculous behavior in our elected representatives.

How you can be a US Representative and fail to properly pay your taxes is just beyond comprehension.

Posted by: ponkey | October 7, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Frank, Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, Kerrey - they're all cartoon characters. They actually make Hillary look tolerable.

Posted by: AsstGM | October 7, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh My God..

If you're a Rethuglican, you hate Clinton and make excuses for Vitter, Craig, Ensign, Gingrich, etc.

If you're a Dem, you hate the Rthuglicans and lay out all the reasons the Democrats' behaviors are more despicable.


I wish they would all leave their private lives private, that teh country would tell the news hounds who dredge this crap up that they aren't interested, and the world would be a better place. Just who the Hell needs to know with whom you sleep?

Posted by: Woodie731 | October 7, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Ditto what Ponkey said!

Posted by: Woodie731 | October 7, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Rangel began by replacing Adam Clayton Powell.

Now he has become Adam Clayton Powell.

Ain't life strange?

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | October 7, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Cheating on wife/paying off mistress (as long as it's reported as a taxable gift) is not the same as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee abusing NYC rent control laws (a crime), failing to report taxable income (potentially a fraudulent action) and understating his net worth by as MUCH AS 50% on his disclosure forms.

Why can't some of you understand this? You are comparing two jerks who cheated on their families to a jerk who cheats on you, me and the rest of the American people. It's comparing abuse of familial relations with abuse of office/power. Not even in the same ballpark.

Fine, much like the GOP learned in 2006, there can be devastating consequences for getting too comfortable on Capitol Hill.

Posted by: lingering_lead | October 7, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

For blacks who say it is whites holding them back -

No, it's blacks like Rangel, Barry, Hastings, Jefferson, etc, etc, etc that are holding you back with their pathetic "You're only after me because I'm black" rhetoric.

No, were after you because you cheated on your taxes, bought crack, took bribes, and took payoffs from African countries trying to win American contracts respectively. Add those charges to being just plain stupid and that's enough to want to get rid of you.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 7, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"Those without sin, cast the first stone"
It's so easy to condem when you are not in that position. Charles Rangel has servered this country well - he may not be liked for telling the truth but as far as I'm concerned - he messed up - fixes it and move on.

Get a life you all

Posted by: gloriaeforbes-compton | October 7, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The same leftists who complain about waste in the Pentagon condone Rangel's misuse of military money for his own purposes.

Nothing personal, and I respect his military service but the time has come for him to move aside.

Posted by: alstl | October 7, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

So like the Dems. Most are corrupt! So this is no surprise. God will not look the other way!

Posted by: getreal121 | October 7, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Rangle.. another corrupt NY dem blowhard

Posted by: rg019571 | October 7, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Why am I even surprised that there has been no action on this by the Democrats. The thing that I find so appauling about Politics is how the people we send to Washington who are there to represent OUR interests feel it justifiable to act as they do.

This is why we need to impose term limits for ALL public officials!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | October 7, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Democrats have to take a stand against corruption even when it means sanctioning a well liked and effective member of the party. Rangel is a highly effective Representative for his district, but in America know one is above the law. Ethics are important. Let's wait for the ethics committee to conclude their investigation, however, before we demand resignations.

Posted by: NathanielSmith | October 7, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

In the interest of fair play, among other things less acceptable in polite company, I concur with your opinion ........ unless of course he is suffering from an early onset of Alzheimer's disease in which case, for the good of all, he should simply be removed. The intervention of any divinity should not be necessary. Ian MacFarlane

Posted by: imacfarlane | October 7, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Rangle should be cuffed up and tried fully for evasion, to make an example of tax evasion being bad, for little Timmy "al capone " Geithner.

The crooks calling the crooks criminals and the American people are all just terrorist needing spied on.
B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l job by this Congress.

American people note to self: Don't allow illegals at your polls to invite any of them back from either party.
Vote better.

Posted by: dottydo | October 7, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"We impeached a sitting president because of sexual improprieties"

No we did not. He was impeached because he lied under oath, something that would put you and me in prison.

Posted by: GRILLADES | October 7, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Randall "Duke" Cunningham

Posted by: robinhood2 | October 7, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Rangel isn't going to resign. Congress is all about the perks. Even the back benchers have perks but committee chairs have many more.

Posted by: mortified469 | October 7, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes he should resign, along with ALL the Democrats that prevented him from being tossed.
Are these the AH0LES that should take over our health care...not no but HELL NO!

Posted by: ekim53 | October 7, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"Rangel is a revered member of the Democratic Party and the dean of the New York congressional delegation."

No. He is a bold faced crook who tells us working stiffs that we need to pay our fair share while he deems himself above paying any share. Kick his sorry butt out of the congress and give him 8-10 years in the lock-up. Maybe that would get us a better class of criminals in Congress.....

Posted by: Spitfires | October 7, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Didn't they get Capone on tax evasion?????

Posted by: Spitfires | October 7, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Rangel is just yet another corrupt leftist who is making a career out of "public service". The only service he provides is to himself..the rest of the world be damned. He tries to tell the American public that he "didn't know" his rental money from his real estate holdings was taxable. C'mon Charlie, even the most stupid among the public knows that if money winds up in one's bank account, it's certainly a "cash flow to the recipient" (IRS speak) and as such must be reported with the rest of your ill gotten gains!!

Posted by: OregonStorm | October 7, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Give up the Gavel?

You must be insane.

Rangel is untouchable. The House will never investigate nor impeach him nor even take away his chairmanship.

His constituents are happy because he continues to steal from others and give to them.

No, Rangel isn't going anywhere and your a fool for appealing to any sense of justice you think he may have.

He got rich the old fashioned way. He got elected to congress then stuck his snout in the trough.

Posted by: krankyman | October 7, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Won't happen - Rangle is black - he'll be defended to the bitter end. Same as 90K Jefferson.

Posted by: birvin9999 | October 7, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Bravo; well said.

Posted by: kyoto27 | October 7, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The liberals are so out of ammo that they equate on of their own fable characters sins of tax avoidance and hiding assets from the IRS, with 2 Republican minor characters personal sex sins. Rangel is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee which is in charge of our tax laws for God"s sake. NOt some unknown backbencher.Stop defending this crooked tax dodger. I just got dunned, correctly, for 1,200 dollars for some gas reinbursement I received from my employer...which I paid. Who in hell is Rangel to lie and cheat with no punishment. He should be in jail.

Posted by: jstratt2 | October 7, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Since the Democratic controlled House failed to act and the GOP is despirate, then the New York Republicans should recruit someone to be a strong opponent to Rangel in the next election. If the GOP can't find a Republican-then they should throw their support to a liberal Democrat holding another office in his constituency. If the challenger to Rangel wins, don't put up an opponent on this general election. If the challenger fails to defeat Rangel, then the GOP still has the option of another candidate for the general election.

In either case, the House Republicans can use Rangel as a symbol of corruption in the Democratic House for the 2010 they try to retake the House.

Posted by: bobby2012 | October 7, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

How can the US Congress maintain any semblance of moral authority for governing when they appear totally incapable of policing themselves? When the top tax author is involved in CORRUPTION that goes unpunished, what does that tell those who are supposed to be abiding by the laws that this body writes??

We have the same type of individuals now working in the White House/cabinet! Sec of Treasury; Sec of HHS; and the husband of the Sec of Labor!

What happened to Pelosi's and Obama's promises of transparent and honest government?

THIS IS PATHETIC FOLKS!! Pelosi and Company have passed being the laughing stock -- Pelosi should be fired for total incompetence, and enabling fraud, waste, and abuse (including Murtha!!).

Posted by: wheeljc | October 7, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Republicans will now be able to count among their talking points in the mid-term elections which Democrats supported keeping Rangel as Ways and Means chairman in the face of this scandal.

Fine, let it go on to the Ethics Committee and let them "investigate" him; in the end, this guy will be kryptonite to his fellow Democrats and about as supportable as ACORN in voter's eyes.

Posted by: EddietheInfidel | October 7, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, this white boy is a big fan of Charlie Rangel. Charlie is compassionate, wise, extremely funny, tough, productive, and genuine. And, sadly, he's also human. He was awarded a bronze star - and for those of you who don't know what this means; it's a very big deal. A bronze star entitles you to the kind of respect that means you can't be called things like scumbag and sleazeball. The insults stop at "he's human after all". But human he is, and it looks like he screwed up, so Jonathan is right - Charlie has to do what's correct. It breaks my heart. We all lose. But you can be sure that more than 80% of his constituents will keep voting for him as long as he's alive; because they're proud of him, he takes care of them, he's a lovable rogue, and it will be a long time before we see the likes of him again.

Posted by: BrianTRaven | October 7, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

"Charles Rangel throughout his career has shown unusual insight, intelligence and courage."

Ok ok. You're just confused. We're talking about CHARLIE Rangel, the crooked congressman from New York.

You must be talking about your brother in law or something from some other place. CHARLIE Rangel stays in power simply because he keeps spending his way in and gerrymandering. He's a blowhard who will use any means to keep his power.

His concern for the common man disappears when the camera is turned off.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 7, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

It is time for Nancy to do the right thing.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 7, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Why must America acquiesce to dishonesty's tainting vital Congressional committees? Murtha and Rangel should be booted from heading them.

Posted by: Martial | October 7, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

We protect our own.........

......because we never know when it may be OUR turn in the barrel !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | October 7, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

It's "stationery," not "stationary".

Posted by: yarcan228 | October 7, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

We've seen this movie for many years; some representative of the people makes a series of apparently unethical or even illegal activities while "serving" in D.C. Very seldom does the elected official get the boot, and the House or Senate may reprimand the offender. The list is too long on both sides of the aisle to mention individuals. Some Presidents have lied with impunity and got off without impeachment; Bush is only the latest example of lying to get us into a senseless war, and he was paid for two terms. Clinton lied under oath and served two terms. Reagan lied about the Iran-Contra deal and served two terms. Nixon lied on a daily basis and was elected twice. Do you see a pattern here? The best liars get re-elected. Ford and Carter were too truthful most of the time and served only once.

Posted by: cy31b | October 7, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Some of these posts in defense of Rep. Rangel seem so very, well, polished beyond the norm for comments. They almost seem salted.

Posted by: perfgeek | October 7, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Capehart don't become a "Token Tamron" - Write an article about why Ensign and Sanford should resign....


Posted by: danders5000 | October 7, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

A quarter million? I left that in a suit once -- found it like, a year later. That really is kind of annoying to forget where you put things.

Posted by: kls1 | October 7, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Rangel is just following in the footsteps of his infamous predecessor, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. - one of the most corrupt members of congress ever.

If we had term limits for congress we would not have all these problems - like committee chairmen who act like gods.

Posted by: alance | October 8, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

When it comes to issues of corruption, there's really no difference between the parties.. they're both equally crooked.
Take a look at CREW's (Citizens for responsibility and ethics in Washington) list of the 15 most corrupt members of congress.8 Dem - 7 GOP.

There is, however, HUGE difference between parties when it comes to their level of denial .

The greatest myth Liberals have been able to perpetuate is that of the "Noble" Democrat, and the "Evil" Republican. Take a cruise of the blog circuit and you'll see this undeserved sense of self-righteousness on display.Elitist Liberals incessantly doling out condescending accusations from their(imaginary) pedestal of superior morality - Makes me wanna puke at times.

This attitude does have a bit of comic value though. They LOVE to portray Republicans as "Dumb Rednecks" which always gives me a if being delusional is a better condition to be stricken with.

As for Charlie and his GOP counterparts, they all should be prosecuted.

You break the law, you go to jail. A fact that our lawMAKERS should be keenly aware and respectful of.

Posted by: owebama | October 8, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart: You have to know that when a hawg gets his snout in the trough he will stay there as long as he can find something to eat. He has to be smacked away but fellow Dems are loath to do any smacking

Posted by: Mecarswell | October 8, 2009 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Charlie must go. He represents much of what is wrong with Congress, regardless of party. No one's hands are clean.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 8, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

More offensive is the $20 million earmark in the Defense Bill that will go to millionaire Ted Kennedy memorial in Boston. Our troops are being left in isolate outpost, undermanned and ignored, and the democrats are giving $20 million of taxpayer money through the defense budget to a dead millionaire?

The democrats hate the military, and are proving it by giving money intended for troops to a man who hated the military.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | October 8, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

jamespepper, what planet are you on? He hasn't done anything improper? He hid money from the IRS! He didn't pay taxes! He wrote many of the tax laws he broke! Screw the comparisons to the equally morally bankrupt members of the other party. If law is broken, investigate, charge, punish, repeat as necessary. This is the only way the Democratic Party can keep and maintain the moral high ground. Otherwise, they're just Contract With America 2.0.

Posted by: JerWH | October 8, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and dander5000, way to pull out the "Uncle Tom" canard on a journalist who appears to be calling it like he sees it. Disgusting.

Posted by: JerWH | October 8, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh, gosh. He's acting like a Republican. Let's string 'im up!

Posted by: kjohnson3 | October 8, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Did you ask Wilson to resign? Sanford refused to resign and why not check all Congressmen and Senators for that offshore and Island pleasures? Betcha that will turn some heads spinning. This has been one more year! Sex, Hidden Bank Accounts; Wall Street CEO's-oh the webs weaved? Yes indeedy-what bliss been going on? Ha, Ha, Ha! It is not funny but President Obama sure brought the dogs out-Bow Wow!!

That is not critical cause President Obama-I respect and admire but, accountability sure shaking pockets-big time.

"Money, Money, Money!" MONEY!!! This has been better than any Soap Opera. In the news...

Posted by: Scar1 | October 8, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with those who want Rangel kicked out. His electorate elected him, would likely re-elect him despite his criminal acitivty, and deserve him as their representative.

Instead, "TAX CHEAT" should be permanently branded across his forehead in 2" high letters to forever remind those whose taxes he is passing judgment on that, like many Democrats, he is for taxing other people's money and that outrageous political hypocrisy underlies everything that government does.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | October 8, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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