Remove Rangel

Amid ethical failings, longtime congressman doesn't deserve to keep his seat

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Rep. Charles Rangel still doesn't get it.

Found guilty of 11 violations by a U.S. House ethics panel Tuesday, the New York Democrat called the ruling unfair.

No, no, no. You know what's unfair? Not paying your taxes, while heading the House committee that writes federal tax law. Oh, and using congressional letterhead to solicit donations for a memorial named for you .

The jaw-dropping quote of the hearing likely came from Blake Chisam, the top lawyer on the panel, when he said "I see no evidence of corruption." When was his last eye exam?

"I believe that the congressman, quite frankly, was overzealous in many of the things he did. And sloppy in his personal finances," Chisam added.

With friends like that, Al Capone could have gotten off the hook for his tax troubles.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker, who must have made countless eyes roll heavenward by asserting Rangel "is no crook," did make this meaningful point -- that Rangel had become "a case study in the customs and rituals of entitlement -- a man who believed the rules were fine for the little folk but didn't apply to him."

That alone makes him unfit to keep his seat in Congress, but these events are just the latest in a string of ethical ensnarements. Approaching 40 years in the House, Rangel has far outlasted his expiration date.

He should resign. If he refuses that, he should be expelled. The full House Ethics Committee takes up that decision today. Rangel shouldn't escape with a mere wrist slap.

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double_standard
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double_standard 11/18/10 - 01:00 am
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Remove Deal

Remove Deal

GGpap
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GGpap 11/18/10 - 02:53 am
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How about Senator Vitter?

How about Senator Vitter? You’ll remember, he once vowed that if he ever was caught in a peccadillo while in office he would do the "honorable" thing and resign immediately. Nope, no honor in that corner of the Senate!

Or why not oust McCain; it’s become quite obvious that he is bordering on senility and/or is afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

GGpap

wildman
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wildman 11/18/10 - 04:27 am
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He has obviously made someone

He has obviously made someone in the Democrat party mad or they would have turned their heads. See no evil, do no evil.

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 11/18/10 - 04:29 am
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Do we need to be this

Do we need to be this childish? Rangel was rightfully convicted and all we hear is "oh yeah....well what about him...what about her.....what about him?" That is typical, childish behavior that you get from a grade school kid who was just caught doing wrong. sheesh!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/18/10 - 05:04 am
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Charlie will continue to

Charlie will continue to dress up every day and hang out at the Library of Congress or somewhere. He is kind of sad and reminds me of the guy who used to go into Ft. Gordon everyday, telling his wife he was a soldier.

GoGators2010
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GoGators2010 11/18/10 - 06:04 am
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What Vitter, McCain, or

What Vitter, McCain, or anybody else did doesn't change the facts of what Rangel did. That is who this column is about. Please stick to the topic at hand and leave the liberal deflection defense attempts buried in the sand box where they belong.

GGpap
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GGpap 11/18/10 - 05:57 am
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As for McCain, he went on

As for McCain, he went on record that he would support the overturn of "don't ask, don't tell" if the Military leaders in the Pentagon agreed to end it. Now, I guess he meant the Chinese military leaders, er, the Balkan military leaders, , er, the Italian leaders, er.....well, he is senile so how will we know?

GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 11/18/10 - 06:04 am
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GoGators, Dani, while I agree

GoGators, Dani, while I agree with you, I must ask where was your hue and cry over the shenanigans committed by those on the right side of the aisle? I'll tell you where you were...it was in the back of the room waiting for another Clinton to fall in the pit for the hyenas to tear apart.

GGpap

carcraft
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carcraft 11/18/10 - 06:21 am
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GGpap- Don't like how Pelosi

GGpap- Don't like how Pelosi cleans the swamp?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/18/10 - 06:40 am
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As the anti-Americans so

As the anti-Americans so sharply stress this morning, there are several members of each party that have been in congress (both houses) for so long that they feel they are entitled and that the laws for the little people don't apply to them. (in several cases this is actually the case). One of the things that happened this November 2 was to remove many of these entitled politicians. There are many more that could be in the same position as Rangle.
For today, and staying on subject for this editorial, Rangle needs to be forced from office and , truthfully, indited and charged for numerous illegal actions as well. That won't happen. He'll get a minor reprimand and continue in office to draw full pay and be able to exert influence in government.
This case clearly exposes the rotten underbelly of government that the TEA party movement is addressing. Wouldn't it be nice if the Dems would make some kind of pro-American effort in their party.

chucktoons
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chucktoons 11/18/10 - 07:33 am
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GGPap Were you this apalled

GGPap
Were you this apalled when Clinton got caught lying about his extracorricular activities in the Oval Office? Or how about when Nancy makes idiotic comments like "we gotta pass this healthcare bill before we can find out what is in it"? Or how about when Barack, Harry, and Nancy swear that this healthcare bill is going to return the country's finances to prosperity even though anyone with even half a brain knows and they know it is a lie. And it has now been confirmed by the GAO that it ain't all they cracked it up to be. Or how about when half of Obamas staff had to "revise" their previous tax payments?

snoopdawg99
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snoopdawg99 11/18/10 - 07:39 am
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You Or I do What Rangel has

You Or I do What Rangel has done, we would be in Jail For TAX EVASION
for him it is only an ethics rule violation..
My My My.
They all need to go & start over with a clean slate of folks in Washington DC. & Term Limits for all no more career politicos..

Ga Values
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Ga Values 11/18/10 - 07:58 am
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What is the difference

What is the difference between Nathan Deal, Charley Rangel and Maxine Waters? Deal resigned rather than face trial.

seabeau
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seabeau 11/18/10 - 08:10 am
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# 1,Term limits. # 2,A

# 1,Term limits. # 2,A minium of 10 years that an ex-employee of the federal government , member of Congress, or member of armed forces would have to wait before they can work for a company that lobbies congress or does business with the federal government. #3, Allow only payers of federal income tax to vote in federal elections. These three items would greatly increase our control over our out of control federal government and over its out of control spending.

double_standard
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double_standard 11/18/10 - 08:34 am
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Mad I'm not covering up for

Mad I'm not covering up for Rangel but the Chronicle never did an article about removing Deal from office when he violated ethics charges we allowed him to become governor of this state. Rangel is one of the most corrupt ever but wrong is wrong.

Jane18
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Jane18 11/18/10 - 09:18 am
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Approximately two months ago,

Approximately two months ago, ole' Charlie was at an expensive dinner(given by him or for him, maybe both) and Charlie asked the people to pray for him. I had to smile, actually I laughed. He didn't know it, but I had been praying for him and others like him for GOD to root out the bad guys in Washington,D.C., and that people would find out about them. I asked for any and all of both parties. And some of you don't believe prayers are answered..........

getalife
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getalife 11/18/10 - 09:29 am
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He won't resign and he will

He won't resign and he will not be expelled, he will receive a slap on the wrist and turned out to cheat and steal again. These so called politicians are in both parties and all of them should be found out and expelled. But unlike a civil court, this ethics committee will not imprison Rangel. If it was a regular citizen they would be put in prison for these same crimes.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/18/10 - 09:36 am
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Retired Army, ever hear of

Retired Army, ever hear of Tom Delay?

double standard, Deal left congress and Rangle won't.

seabeau
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seabeau 11/18/10 - 09:54 am
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Over the years five members

Over the years five members of the US House of Rep. have been forced to resign , all five have been Democrats.

double_standard
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double_standard 11/18/10 - 10:11 am
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He left congress to run for

He left congress to run for governor. Not because he was admitting his guilt. But no honor amongst thieves.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 11/18/10 - 11:00 am
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When the House indicted

When the House indicted Clinton, i was thrilled, as I am that Rangle has been convicted. What blew me away was that the same Republicans who raised the cry against Clinton then ACQUITTED him! The Augusta Chronicle should raise the cry against government corruption on BOTH sides of the aisle, but we know that will never happen. There was no hew and cry against Foley, nor any against Stephens(I'm not gay). There have only been outcries against Democrats. The fact is ALL CONGRESSMEN are corrupt, without exception, some are just less adept at covering it up. Let's not forget philanderer McCain, who also used his political pull to garner a slap on the wrist for his druggie wife, or that upstanding Republican Governor of our neighbor state, who disappeared out of the country. These are FINE examples of Republican fidelity, honor and Christian morals......

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 11/18/10 - 11:23 am
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What is truly Anti-American

What is truly Anti-American is the fact that the common person can not run for office without the support of big business to boost him/her into that office. Rangle and other 534 do-nothings look out not only for their party members, but the other party's members so they can keep their fat cat status! Term Limits, include that pink elephant along with pay cuts for congress, and reparations and a balanced feredal budget......

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/18/10 - 11:44 am
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It's amazing that someone who

It's amazing that someone who is supposed to be smart enough to be in charge of the tax code will get by with a slap on the wrist for evading taxes. His only defense was to plead ignorance of the laws he was in charge of making. If you or I had done any of those things we would be on our way to jail and the IRS would have impounded everything we had. But really, we all know why he will only get a slap on the wrist. Hey double_standard......Deal resigned and Rangel IS the Double Standard and everyone knows why.......PASS.

follower
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follower 11/18/10 - 11:51 am
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There is a problem with

There is a problem with mis-guided loyalty on both sides of the isle. The true patriot considers guilty, as guilty, no matter the affiliation. Whether they have an "R" or "D" beside their name, if they lack honesty and intergrity, they should be removed, as Congress or any elected office is gained from a position of trust.

Although very conservative, I couldn't force myself to vote for Nathan Deal on priciple alone. He, along with Charlie Rangel and every other politician that considers themselves above the law, is the poster child for all that's wrong with politics and Washington. But they do take second place in blame to the citizens that repeatedly re-elect them to office.

burninater
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burninater 11/18/10 - 12:11 pm
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follower, well-stated as

follower, well-stated as always.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 11/18/10 - 12:11 pm
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Rangel is a hero to his
Unpublished

Rangel is a hero to his constituents, many of whom are already screaming racism. He might be censured, but Barney Frank is proof that censuring is no punishment to speak of. This clown will be there until he retires, or dies. Justice for these arrogant members is a joke!

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 11/18/10 - 12:13 pm
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Follower, I agree completely!

Follower, I agree completely! Very well said!!

Craig H.
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Craig H. 11/18/10 - 01:16 pm
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I, too, could not bring

I, too, could not bring myself to vote for Deal. I believe that we will regret having him at the helm.

I am optomistic, maybe to a fault on this. Maybe the ethics committee felt the ground shake under their feet Nov. 2 and they will pitch Rangel onto the trash heap.

One can hope...

Chillen
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Chillen 11/18/10 - 01:40 pm
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Remove Rangel?! No. Fire

Remove Rangel?!

No. Fire Rangel. Fine Rangel. Throw Rangel in prison. Take away Rangel's pension and benefits. Strip him of everything.

He had a HUGE role in ruining our housing market which led the the current Recession.

Only in a gerrymandered district could a total LOSER such as this be re-elected. Have you seen the 15th NY district? It looks like the letter "C"!

follower
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follower 11/18/10 - 02:18 pm
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Chillen, re-districting is

Chillen, re-districting is the only positive that comes from Deal's victory. As Ga. is scheduled to add 2 seats to the House, could you imagine how Barnes would scribble out the lines?

That aside, I still couldn't vote for someone with the baggage of corruption that is attatched to Deal.

And yes, you are also correct about the complete stripping of all the benefits and retirement package. It's sickening to think about.

Had it not been for a complete rejection of the current direction of the country, Barnes would have won by a mile.

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