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Democrats Cut A Deal To Get Rangel Off The Hook

Bookmark and Share Apparently the embattled, ethically challenged, tax evading liberal Congressman from New York made a few friends in the House during his forty years in  Congress.

Despite his illegal use of the House  parking lot to store an extra Mercedes Benz of his, and despite abusing rent control laws for his re-election campaigns and not claiming taxes on a Caribbean villa that  he rented out, Charlie Rangel struck a deal with his liberal colleagues that will allow him to stay in Congress and run for a twenty first term.

The terms of the deal are as of yet unknown, but no matter what the arrangement, Democrats avoided an trial that would have proven embarrassing to both their Party and Charlie Rangel.

As the one time powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the committee that  ironically, writes the very tax code that he avoided,  Rangel’s crimes were particularly heinous.  They were indicative of the political class’  arrogance and belief that they are above the laws that they write.

By cutting a deal to slap Rangel on the wrist for his crimes, the Democrat Party takes another step in confirming this arrogance.  They also continue to move toward the midterm elections with even more baggage.  The b est scenario for Democrats here would have been for Charlie Rangel to resign.  But Rangel is one of the most egocentric, power hungry arrogant member of Congress that there ever was.  As such, he refused to step down.

But now his Party has backed down from doing the right thing, standing up to Rangel and holding a public trial.

Even if there is a deal, it would still have to be approved by a House adjudication panel.  But hey, do you really expect Cahrlie’s buddies not to cave?

I guess this isn’t really a big a story.  Actually it is just business as usual.  But didn’t Madame Pelosi and our President promise that their leadership would be far from business as usual?  In fact, didn’t Speaker Pelosi promise to “drain the swamp” in Congress?  She hasn’t drained it.

She has merely polluted it more than ever before.

Is it November yet?

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Rangel Tries To Wrangle A Deal

Bookmark and Share As pressure mounts on Democrats and New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, word is that the embattled Congressman is now trying to cut a deal to avoid an embarrassing House ethics trial.

For almost two years, House Democrats have stalled on there investigation of the scandal prone Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. But as pressure mounted and cursory investigations indicated that Rangel had indeed taken part in multiple breaches of conduct, Rangel stepped down from that post. Since then the ongoing investigation continued to produce evidence of wrongdoing that continued to tighten the noose around Rangel’s neck.

Through it all, Congressman Rangel has been extremely obnoxious to reporters who have asked him any questions regarding the matter. But since the House has determined that a trial is in order, Rangel has made it clear that he looks forward to the trial and sees it as an opportunity to clear him of any wrongdoing. Yet despite the denials and false bravado of Rangel, most people are not buying his claims of innocence.

Several Democrat House members have even recently called up Rangel to simply resign.

Doing so will help Democrats to avoid a drawn out public trial of one of their own that and avoid solidifying the souring public image that voters have this Congress as they enter the midterm elections.

But if Democrat House leaders do choose to cut a deal with Rangel, they will still risk making this a campaign issue that will used against them. In the currently fed up atmosphere of the electorate, giving Charlie Rangel a simple slap on the wrist will be a slap in the face of many voters who are tired of the political class getting away with murder and protecting their own and exempting them from living by the rules that they apply to everyone else.

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