BONUS look back at Rep. Charlie Rangel. Remember when he called VP candidate Sara Palin "Disabled"? Nice, huh?
Back to the article. I am so disgusted, words fail me. "DISCLOSURE PROBLEMS"?? That's how our Congress refers to powerful members cheating on their taxes?? Now I know how Timmy Geithner, the tax cheat, was confirmed to head up the Treasury Department, and thus the IRS. Check this out:
Many members" of Congress suffer from the same disclosure issues as Rep. Charles Rangel (D.N.Y.), one of his allies said Wednesday.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) downplayed the seriousness of allegations against Rangel that he failed to disclose sources of income and pay taxes on some properties, saying that many lawmakers suffer from innocent lapses in judgment when filing mandatory financial disclosure forms.
"I want to tell you, there are many members who, if you go back over all of their records, over all of the years, you're going to find that there were disclosures that were not made," Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning.
Republicans are seeking to force Rangel from his position as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee by offering a privileged resolution from Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) to mandate Rangel step aside.
If it is truly only Republicans, that does not speak well for Democrats, in my opinion. Why wouldn't they be concerned that the most powerful member of the House Ways and Means Committee, the very committee that set tax law, did not pay his taxes?? Is it just me? At least as far as Rep. Waters is concerned, it appears so:
Waters defended Rangel, saying the Harlem congressman is making an effort to correct the records and pay his debts.
"What happens is, unfortunately with the requirements for disclosure that we all have, mistakes are made," she said. "And you do get a chance to correct them. And so it looks as if he is correcting those mistakes."
Waters said that Rangel should not step down from his chairmanship, but should continue working until ethics investigations into his finances have concluded.
Only after he was CAUGHT. It isn't like he just failed to adequately report taxes one time. No, it was under-reporting some years, and failure to report at all other years. It is behavior that, if perpetrated by someone NOT in Congress (or the Secretary of the Treasury) would land them with a ton of fines at the LEAST. But when it's the person actually writing the tax laws, the message is clear: "These laws apply to thee, not to me." Evidently. And, with the perk of getting backup from the very people who SHOULD be holding them accountable. All I can say is, there oughta be a law. Oh, wait...
And what is this BS about "the rules for disclosure"?? How about having a CPA do your taxes, or use TurboTax or something! It isn't like Rangel, and most of these Congresspeople can't afford to have someone do their taxes for them. Sheesh.
Can you imagine using that excuse with the IRS? Yeah, they'd be laughing at you all the way to your jail cell.
Have the Democrats always this corrupt, or have they ratcheted that up recently? Maybe they always were, and they are just being more blatant about it now? I don't see how anyone could listen to Rep. Waters "everybody's doing it!" defense as anything else but corrupt when talking about the most powerful person setting tax law repeatedly cheating on his taxes. But that could just be me...