Rangel:The Culture of Corruption is Alive and Well
The New York Congressman and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee promised the “mother of all tax hikes” when the democrats took over congress in 2006. In fact, in his 38 years in congress he has always been in favor of tax increases. Especially increasing taxes on the “rich”. He is one of the leading proponents of a 5.4% wealth surcharge on the wealthy to help pay for all the programs that the president is proposing.
Not long ago, he said that it is the “moral thing to do” when refering to the “rich” paying higher taxes to pay for social programs.
Interestingly enough, this champion of higher taxes refuses to pay his own income taxes. In fact, he has been under an ethics investigation for almost a year for not paying taxes, receiving gifts, and improperly filling out disclosure forms that are required of all congressmen by law.
A recent Wall Street Journal article details many of the congressman’s ethical issues.
Apparently, the person in charge of writing tax laws has neglected to pay taxes on over $75,000 in rental property income. He first denied that he had any income on the property, but after an investigation proved that he had income he blamed his wife and the Spanish speaking people that run the property for him.
“Every time I thought I was getting somewhere, they’d start speaking Spanish,” Mr. Rangel explained.
Once everything regarding the income tax liability came to light, the ever so moral congressman promised to file an amended tax return to clear up the small oversight that would land most Americans rich and poor alike in jail. However, the deadline to file amended tax returns has long since pasted without any effort on the congressman to file a new return.
Perhaps part of the reason that Mr. Rangel wants to ignore all of his income is that he rents 4 rent controlled properties in New York. If his income goes above $175,000, he loses the apartments. One of which he uses as an office with is a violation of rent control rules.
In addition to the income tax issue, Mr. Rangel also claimed the “homestead” exemption DC to avoid paying all of his DC property taxes. However, he also claimed the same thing for his NY appartments which isn’t possible as you can only have one.
He is also in hot water for receiving an interest free loan for the vacation property that is causing the income tax issues. This is a violation of the House rules on gifts.
When Speaker of the House Pelosi promised to end the “culture of corruption” in Washington, she obviously forgot to say that she was exempting several members of the democrat party. Would the leaders in congress and the main stream media sit by and allow a Republican congressmen be the chair of a committee while being investigated on 6 ethics issues?
We’ve come to the point where we allow our representatives to propose laws on the people that they themselves refuse to follow and are not forced to do so. How can a person not pay their taxes and not end up in jail or at least court? When the current Secretary of the Treasury didn’t pay all of his taxes, he eventually wrote the check, but wasn’t assessed interest and penalties. Can any other American receive such treatment.
We need to demand a higher standard of those we elect to represent and lead us. When the people making the rules don’t have to follow the rules, we slowly becomes slaves to the government.