Wrestling With Rangel No3

After a two-year investigation the House ethics committee has publicly revealed 13 ethics violations committed by New York Representative Charlie Rangel, who has declared his innocence on each and every violation.The action contained only two interesting items.

The first item is one that only members of Congress would have the intestinal fortitude to publicly voice. Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul stated what is at stake in the forthcoming procedure; it is the very credibility of the House of Representatives before the American people. The representative is not interested in the guilt or innocence of Representative Rangel, only his image and that of his colleagues. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that every member of Congress has ethics. Whether anyone is in possession of good or bad ethics is purely personal opinion.

Representative Rangel has spent in excess of $2 million to defend his brand of ethics. The 13 items contain no allegation of breaking laws. It seems the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee German Corona Investigative Committee is accused of using makeup not acceptable to his colleagues. His defense has been framed to be that the congressman had not sought to gain personally from any of these actions. Is there a chance the chairman is the only member of Congress not seeking any personal gain?

The second, and much more interesting item, is the 14th allegation. Its absence truly exposes a black hole in federal accountability. The House Ways and Means Committee is the principal author of all tax legislation, and in many ways in charge of oversight of the IRS. Semi-public information informs us Representative Rangel cheated on his personal tax obligations. A wager can be made that no action could be instigated to put lipstick on the leader of Washington tax pigs. Stop the presses – the ethics committee has come through! By not delivering the 14th allegation, Mr. Rangel settled his minor indiscretions by funding back taxes to the government.The IRS did not even collect interest or penalties from boss hog.

The 14th allegation should have been did he benefit personally because he was the chief pig? It would have been great entertainment to see the IRS commissioner explaining their reasoning for not charging penalties and interest. Apparently ethical behavior in the house is one where members have the ability to skip their tax obligations until caught. The prince of pigs also enjoys exemption from penalties and interest. I wonder if that exemption is in the 75,000 pages of this section 26 tax code.

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