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    Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Charles Rangel, the most powerful tax-writing lawmaker in Congress and a 40-year veteran of Capitol Hill, acknowledged Thursday that an ethics panel has accused him of accepting corporate money for Caribbean trips in violation of House rules.


    The panel exonerated five other members of the Congressional Black Caucus who also were on the 2007 and 2008 trips to Antigua and St. Martin but told them they will have to pay for the trips.


    The findings are certain to raise questions of whether Rangel, a New York Democrat, can continue as Ways and Means Committee chairman in an election year. Democrats took over the House in 2006 on a campaign promise to "end a culture of corruption" in Congress that they blamed on 12 years of Republican rule.
    I bolded what is important here. Democrats did capitalize on Republican corruption in 2006, and it was one of the reasons they took over. Are they now going to go with what seems to be the status quo for both parties in Washington, or will they decide NOT to act like hypocrites, and strip Rangel of his chairmanship.

    I await their answer. A breath of fresh air would be nice, but with what I am expecting, I think I will need a few cases of Glade to cover up the stench. And I hope that New York voters remember this next time they go to the polls.

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    Re: Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    Rep. Rangel has served his constituents well. He's made mistakes and he has acknowledged he's made mistakes.

    His detractors would have his offenses be fatal to his political career, but really that's a decision for his electorate and his peers.

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    Re: Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Rep. Rangel has served his constituents well. He's made mistakes and he has acknowledged he's made mistakes.

    His detractors would have his offenses be fatal to his political career, but really that's a decision for his electorate and his peers.

    Oh boy! ANother in a long list of Liberal Demo-Rat supporters who don't give a **** what he does, just because he is a Demo-Rat. Rangel is another lying tax cheat who should not even have been in Congress this long, if ever. No wonder Harlem is in the ****ter.


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    Re: Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Rep. Rangel has served his constituents well. He's made mistakes and he has acknowledged he's made mistakes.

    His detractors would have his offenses be fatal to his political career, but really that's a decision for his electorate and his peers.

    His detractors? Meaning whom? When Bush was in power, I heard nothing from the left but "Throw the bums out", when Republicans exhibited this kind of behavior. Where is the outrage now?

    And, before you come back with something along the lines that I am just saying this because I am a Conservative, you should ask some of my Conservative colleagues in this forum about my criticisms of the Bush administration. Many will tell you that I bashed Bush even harder than some of the Liberals here did. You see, I have no axe to grind. Neither side owns me.

    The way I see it, ethics and values are just that, and when someone loses his moral compass, he loses everything, and is no longer to be trusted.
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    Re: Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    Has anyone checked Rangels freezer lately?

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    Re: Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Rep. Rangel has served his constituents well. He's made mistakes and he has acknowledged he's made mistakes.

    His detractors would have his offenses be fatal to his political career, but really that's a decision for his electorate and his peers.

    Does not matter. Corruption in government has to be punished and punished severely. Just because you may have done a good job except for the corruption does not give you a pass. Corruption is not a partisan issue, it's a criminal issue.
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    Re: Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Does not matter. Corruption in government has to be punished and punished severely. Just because you may have done a good job except for the corruption does not give you a pass. Corruption is not a partisan issue, it's a criminal issue.
    You and I may be on opposite sides of the fence, but it appears that we DO have some common ground here. Well done!!
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    Re: Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Rep. Rangel has served his constituents well. He's made mistakes and he has acknowledged he's made mistakes.

    His detractors would have his offenses be fatal to his political career, but really that's a decision for his electorate and his peers.

    And if his electorate and his peers don't kick him out, they are wrong.
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    Re: Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Does not matter. Corruption in government has to be punished and punished severely. Just because you may have done a good job except for the corruption does not give you a pass. Corruption is not a partisan issue, it's a criminal issue.
    I was going to say this but Redress beat me to it. Corruption isn't something that one side does. It is a huge problem for both sides and whenever one of the corrupt SOBs is taken out of office it is a victory for us all.

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    Re: Ethics panel finds Rangel broke rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Rep. Rangel has served his constituents well. He's made mistakes and he has acknowledged he's made mistakes.

    His detractors would have his offenses be fatal to his political career, but really that's a decision for his electorate and his peers.

    Rangel is a crooked son of a bitch. He's been a disgrace his entire career. He ought to be frogmarched out Washington.
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