Never having to say you're sorry

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on November 25, 2008

Needless to say, if the GOP's top tax policy legislator had as many problems as Charlie Rangel does, he'd be drummed out of town.

Representative Charles B. Rangel’s legal team is reviewing his tax records to determine whether the congressman received a homestead exemption on a house he owned in Washington while living in several rent-stabilized apartments in New York City.

The situation is potentially troublesome for Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat who is already the subject of a wide-ranging internal House investigation stemming from an assortment of ethical concerns.

Rent laws in New York City and the state require that tenants occupying rent-stabilized apartments use those units as their primary residences. At the same time, the District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue extends the homestead tax deduction only to properties that are primary residences.

The internal review by Mr. Rangel’s legal team was prompted by a report in Sunday’s edition of The New York Post quoting a District of Columbia tax official as saying that Mr. Rangel received a homestead tax exemption for a four-bedroom home he owned in Washington. The official told the newspaper that the congressman received the tax exemptions from 1995 through 2000, when he also had the use of rent-stabilized apartments in his district in Harlem.

And despite all of this, Rangel is still the head of the House Ways and Means committee.

Randy "Duke" Cunningham is in the federal pen.

Ted Stevens got tossed out on his kiester (and should be making preparations from joining Duke).

Yet, William "Cold Cash" Jefferson is still in the House.

And now there's Rangel.

How much outrage is required to get Rangel reduced to a back bencher?

0 comments on “Never having to say you're sorry”

  1. Cunningham and Stevens--two liberal illuminatis have hit the dust! So when are Rangel and Jefferson going to get their just dues?! I hope they don't get too comfortable while their cases are being "reviewed"!

    It's been said that "Mr. Rangel has said that he never helped or even met the landlord who enabled the congressman to save thousands of dollars each year by allowing him to occupy several rent-stabilized apartments. He has also said he never used his power or public position to help any of the business leaders or foundations that he had asked to support the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at CUNY." LIAR LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE!!!!

  2. Rangel would have to switch to the Republican Party for these "events" to be referred to as crimes. As long as he is a Democrat and black, he is home free. Nothing will come from any "investigation" into his behavior.


To be clear, it's still a 1A violation even as they supposedly intended it. But their rush to pass it made it encompass all sorts of stuff.

The judge should not take them at their word that they will "fix" it. The judge should issue the preliminary injunction we requested.

16-year-old Lola Fitzgerald has been racking up skeet shooting championships in and out of her home state. Now a new California law has shut her out of the sport and is threatening her Olympic hopes.

In a just world, SB 918 and its New York counterpart would make the Supreme Court* say: "well, we tried to let you keep shall issue, but you morons just couldn't help yourselves, so now constitutional carry is the law of the land".

*Hopefully it doesn't need to go to SCOTUS.

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