Congressman Charles Rangel had added a new dimension to the expression ‘found money.’ The Wall Street Journal posted an article on Friday about Congressman Rangel’s latest financial difficulties. Unlike you and me, to whom the definition of a financial difficulty would be owing money, Congressman Rangel’s financial difficulty is finding an extra one million dollars or so that he had neglected to report on his Congressional Financial Disclosure Form. Wow, all of us should have those problems (not the neglecting to report–just the finding part!).
The article reports:
“Among other issues, Mr. Rangel is currently under investigation regarding his use of four rent-stabilized apartments at New York City’s tony Lenox Terrace and soliciting donations with his official letterhead for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York, which was itself built with a $1.9 million earmark. Yet another part of the probe is his failure to report $75,000 in income from a rental villa at the beachfront Punta Cana Yacht Club, in the Dominican Republic.
“Mr. Rangel blamed that last one on the language barrier because he doesn’t speak Spanish. We can only imagine what language he speaks with his accountants and tax attorneys.”
Congressman Rangel is the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. That is the Committee that oversees tax law. Shouldn’t he also be required to follow tax law?
It’s time for the Democrat Party to be the ethical people they claim to be and remove Congressman Rangel from Congress.