1. House democrats today voted down a GOP resolution to remove Charlie Rangel, the most corrupt man in Washington, from his chairmanship of Ways and Means, the most powerful committee in the capitol and the agency most responsible for writing tax law.
2. Rangel is at risk for a multitude of malfeasances to which the greasy slickster has publicly ADMITTED.
3. He failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars of income he's earned from his beachfront property in the Dominican Republic.
4. He used FOUR rent-controlled apartments in New York.
5. He elicited donations from supporters via letters written on congressional stationary, a terribly troublesome transgression to the rectors.
6. He parked his collectors Mercedes, unlicensed and sporting no plates, free of charge for years in the House garage, which limits stays there to 45 days.
7. He claimed homestead tax breaks on his DC house while living in NY.
8. He gave $80,000 of campaign funds to his son to set up an amateurish, error strewn PAC website.
9. In August, he amended his income statements to include an additional half million to million dollars of assetts previously undisclosed.
10. He failed to pay property taxes on two holdings in New Jersey.
11. In September, he handed what appears to be hush money to three House ethicists, Ben Chandler, GK Butterfield and Peter Welch.
12. Rangel has been under Ethics Committee investigation for a year.
13. Yet everyone knows exactly what he's done and who he is.
14. He's a poster boy for his party's ruptured promises to operate a parliament open and corruption-free.
15. Six democrats aside from Rangel are currently under investigation, the most memorable being John Murtha, chair of Appropriations on Defense.
16. Murtha, it is known, steered 26 earmarks worth $93 million to clients of PMA, a defense industry lobbyist founded by a former Murtha aid.
17. On the other hand, PMA donated $1.7 million to the craggy chairman's campaigns.
18. Ms Pelosi and her pals have apparently forgotten how the indiscretions of Mark Foley and Duke Cunningham were instrumental in delivering to her and her partisans the House in 2006.
19. Members like Rangel and Murtha seem to believe rules are for other people, little folk, like you and me.
20. It appears that principles don't apply to powerful people like the oily slickster and craggy old congressman.
GOP fails in third effort to remove Rangel - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee
House Republicans failed Wednesday for a third time to oust Rep. Charles Rangel as chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, but they kept the political spotlight on his ethical problems.
The House voted 246-153 along mostly partisan lines to refer a GOP resolution to remove Rangel to the House ethics committee. The Democratic maneuver rendered the Republican effort meaningless, since Democratic leaders have said they have no intention of removing Rangel while the ethics committee is conducting a long-term investigation of his conduct.