Charlie Rangel: corrupt, but “censure” is all he will get?


[Photo from the NY Post…  Charlie doing the people’s business at his hidden hideaway office in the Caribbean]

Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel dozes on the beach at the Punta Cana Resort, where he owns and rents out a villa. He was squeezing in some vacation time before attending the Democratic convention.

Charlie Rangel from the 15th Congressional District of New York reportedly grew up in a family not known for wealth, but apparently pulled himself up by his bootstraps ( which is actually impossible to do) to become, in the not too distant past, the powerful Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives…  He was the first African-American to chair that committee and also is considered a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus… Onward from 1971 when he first took his seat,  continually he wielded ever more growing clout in the HOUSE..

In a way, all that came crashing down on him when it became apparent that for years he had been hiding income and assets and enriching himself, while supposedly only working for the public good …  But under HOUSE rules probably all he will receive in punishment is Censure, which for all intents and purposes is a slap-on-the-wrist…  Another example of why most American citizens have such disdain for their elected officials…

Of course it is not known for how long nor with how much intensity the Tea Party style fervor will be politically active in the country, but it would be a real advancement in  fairness and equality for all Americans if pressure would continue to be exerted in order to make the rules of the American Legislative Bodies more stringent — so as to make it possible to punish wayward elected officials by more  than merely telling them “no, no…”.   Having served his country well in war-time does not give Charlie a pass, nor is being embarrassed before the HOUSE, enough…

Just sayin”

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2 Responses

  1. Your just picking him because he is not white.

    • Come on, don’t be so simplistic. Clearly he was not a model citizen in “these” particular episodes, although he has performed admirably in certain areas of his past life.

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