House Democrats proved it by openly applauding the concept of a ruling class completely above the law, able to break both House rules and federal tax law with impunity. Their applause was a frank declaration of war by the Democrat Party against the law-abiding American citizen. The only penalty Rangel ever faced was a tiny measure of humiliation. The standing ovation was an attempt to erase even that.
The 111th Congress was far from “the most honest, most open, and most ethical” in history.
Rangel and some of his defenders characterized his tax cheating as a “mistake,” thus assuming their listeners are complete imbeciles. Rangel chaired the panel that writes tax laws. He under-reported his income by hundreds of thousands of dollars for a decade. He was eventually compelled to pay federal and state treasuries $16,000 in back taxes, with absolutely no penalty or interest. Republican John Carter of Texas introduced a bill called the “Rangel Rule” to extend this penalty-free privilege to all taxpayers in 2009, but of course it went nowhere.
Friday, December 03, 2010
Democrats Give Charlie Rangel Standing Ovation