Video tribute to Charlie Rangel
From Scott Ott:
YouTube link if the embedded player doesn’t work.
Rank has its privileges...
One of the accepted benefits of being in charge of the Ways & Means Committee is not having to worry about complying with any of the tax and financial disclosure laws that other less worthy people have to bother themselves with.
However, as we all know, this special perk of the job is null and void if it is ever held by a member of the GOP.
Charlie in rental di$order – At least Charlie Rangel’s consistent in his income reporting. Not only hasn’t he declared his rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic, rental income from a six unit apartment complex in Harlem isn’t worth reporting either.
As usual, none of this is considered to be serious enough to reduce his power in Congress as the head of the Ways & Means Committee, which writes all of the income tax laws that we mere peons are required to comply with. Our DemonRat rulers have more important things to investigate, such as how to punish a Republican who couldn’t resist the temptation to yell out “You Lie” while 0Bambi was lying through his teeth. It’s good to know our rulers have their priorities in the right place.
STAFF AS 'FORGETFUL' AS THE BOSS - Not quite a huge surprise. Rangel's staff is made up of a lot of the same kind of crooks as he is.
The clock is ticking on tax cheat Charlie Rangel - I'm not holding my breath waiting for this to actually happen.
Inmates running the asylum
It's bad enough that the person in charge of the IRS, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, is an acknowledged tax cheat who claims not to understand how to use TurboTax.
Now, Charlie Rangel, the Chairman of the House Ways & Means committee, which writes all of the tax laws, has been discovered to be hiding even more income and assets than were previously disclosed. Just a few of the current news stories, courtesy of Drudge:
OOPS! CHARLIE FORGOT THIS $1M HOUSE. REALTY BITES TAX-THEM-NOT-ME RANGEL
Not that I've ever had much respect for the bozos in power in DC; but this kind of example should make it tougher for average people to continue to bend over and allow the DemonRats to fiscally rape us.
Jay Leno on Charlie Rangel's Tax Problems - Video of one of the jokes I posted previously.
Rangel Audio Parody
Rush had this funny parody of Charlie Rangel discussing his tax problems with his new forensic accountant on his Friday show.
If this player doesn't work, you can also get the MP3 file with this direct link.
More errors for Rangel; hires new accountant - It may be sick, but there's just something so satisfying about seeing that the head of the congressional tax writing committee can't keep his own taxes straight.
The Education of Charlie Rangel - From the WSJ
Charlie Rangel vs. Wilbur Mills
From a Reader:
Subject: OUPblog and Rangel
I am the blog intern at Oxford University Press, and I found your blog very informative and humorous (I love the cartoons!).
I noticed that you recently posted about the scandal over Congressman Rangel’s failure to comply with tax law. Edward A. Zelinsky recently posted on this topic on our site, and I thought that perhaps you’d like to recommend it to your readers.
Zelinsky is a Professor of Law and the author of The Origins of the Ownership Society: How The Defined Contribution Paradigm Changed America. He discusses Rangel’s situation in light of the achievements of his predecessor, Wilbur Mills.
If I can help you in any other way, please let me know!
That is a very interesting comparison of the differences in the Ways & Means Chairmen over the decades.
Even though I wasn't yet living in Arkansas back in the 1970s, I remember following many of the exploits of Wilbur Mills, both on the tax writing committee, as well as with his friend, Fanne Fox.
I would be glad to post a link to this on my blog.
Thanks for sharing that and feel free to pass along other ideas you have for items I should add to my blog.
Here is a short news video covering Rangel’s current problems.
Rangel Has A Bad Chair Day – Congressman Charlie is now amending his prior tax returns and trying to convince IRS that he just accidentally failed to report over $75,000 of rental income and didn't do so intentionally, which could subject him to criminal sanctions.
Of course, we all know that his position as head of the tax law writing Ways & Means Committee means he will be treated by IRS exactly as any other taxpayer would be.
The fox guarding the henhouse?
RANGEL ADMITS TO VILLA INCOME - Interesting story about how the top DemonRat in charge of the Federal Tax Code has accidentally failed to report over $75,000 of rental income on his tax returns and Congressional disclosure forms.
When can we expect the IRS to indict him for tax fraud? Let's not hold our breath waiting for that to happen.
I guess this is another example of the old "it takes a thief to know one" in relation to his constant rantings about the infamous "Tax Gap" and how everybody is a tax cheater so that we need to have tougher tax enforcement. He does know how easy it is to pocket tax free rental income.