First there was a resolution to take a privilege away from a member of Congress due to his corrupt behavior:
House Members Wednesday will have to cast a recorded vote on whether it is acceptable for Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) to evade federal taxes for over a decade, and yet pay none of the penalties and interest charges that the IRS piles on the average American taxpayer for far less serious offenses.
House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (R-TX) this morning is introducing a Privileged Resolution calling for Rangel to be removed as Chairman of the committee that oversees the IRS and the federal tax code, until the 16-month investigation of multiple tax, federal disclosure, and ethics violation charges against Chairman Rangel has been concluded.
Rangel in August made new confessions of failure to report nearly a million dollars in assets on federal disclosure forms. Since the Ethics Committee investigation of Rangel began in July 2008, it had already been expanded twice before the latest revelations.
Of course, the politics of racists got in the way and it was voted down:
Final vote tabling Carter’s resolution to remove Rangel from W&M chairmanship: 243-156. 19 voted present. 3 REPUBLICANS joined the Democrats….
The 3 Repubs who joined Ds to table remove Rangel resolution: King (NY), Rohrbacher & Young (AK).
While one of the biggest racists excused Rangel’s corruptness because…well, everybody does it.
“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.
Everyone hides millions of dollars worth of assets don’t they?
But from Maxine Waters it shouldn’t surprise anyone, hell….even the leftist group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have her as one of the top 15 most corrupt officials in Washington.
So in her case….she’s just backing a fellow scumbag, who just happens to be black. Kinda doubting she would be doing the same thing for a white member…..and the doubt grows stronger when we see this today: (h/t Michelle Malkin)
The Congressional Black Caucus flexed its political muscle by sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defending Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) from partisan attacks.
The letter, dated Oct. 7, was sent the same day Democrats beat back a GOP attempt to force Rangel, a founding member of the CBC, to resign as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee because of a string of ethics allegations against him involving a series of financial violations on his taxes and required congressional disclosure forms, among other accusations.
In a partisan vote of 246 to 153, the House referred to the ethics committee a GOP resolution aimed at removing Rangel from the top post on the panel while the ethics committee continues its investigation of the charges. The Democratic parliamentary procedure to refer it to the ethics committee effectively killed the GOP resolution.
“As members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we support our colleague, Charlie Rangel, Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, and condemn partisan attempts to ignore the well-established, bipartisan ethics process,” they wrote.
The letter was designed to demonstrate the sheer magnitude of Rangel’s support among one of the most powerful Democratic factions in the House.
The liberals and their racial identity politics trumps all it seems. Doesn’t matter how corrupt they are, if they’re black then the black caucus will support them. Of course if your a conservative black you will get none of that support since your just a Uncle Tom anyways.