Sunday, January 25, 2009

Draining the Swamp by Adding More Water

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, at one time claimed that she was going to preside over the most "ethical Congress in history." If you measure it by number of actual investigations, she may be right. But if you measure it by investigating allegations of wrongdoing, that would be totally incorrect.
Take for instance, Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. He is the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which writes the tax laws that us minions are expected to obey. Old Charlie though, seems to have had a tough time understanding that you are supposed to pay income tax from rentals, even if they are in the Dominican Republic. That and his four rent controlled apartments in New York, though you are only supposed to have at most one. And how about the homestead exemption for his property in D.C.? These are just a beginning, and I am sure that Chairman Rangel would welcome a chance to make his case of why what he did was not wrong, even if it is just to establish his bona fides to be a future Secretary of the Treasury.
But Ms. Pelosi, seems to be less than interested in helping to clear her colleagues name. She started an investigation by the House Ethics Committee, but didn't object when they failed to meet her deadline for a report, and now she has delayed appointing any replacements to the ethics committee.
Of course, another interpretation would be that she knows that he is guilty as sin, and is trying to cover for him. But you would have to be the same sort of cynic who thinks that politics is all about our "leaders" being above the requirements of us mere mortals, to think that was true. So, if you don't believe that this is the most ethical Congress in history, just remember that you as a private citizen are more likely to be audited by the IRS than Charlie Rangel is.
And don't you forget it.

2 comments:

Aaron Goldberg said...

I suggest the Democrats have Timothy Geithner investigate Rangel. I understand Geithner is an expert on tax cheats.

Steve said...

Then Rangel can do his taxes.