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    Birds of a feather, Rangel and the crooks stick together

    The enablers of Charlie Rangel
    by Michelle Malkin http://michellemalkin.com/


    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the world’s worst cleaning lady. How has she fulfilled her vaunted promise to “drain the swamp” and preside over the “most ethical Congress in history”? By shrugging her shoulders, downplaying the gravity of myriad ethics charges against corruptocrat Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel and waiting for the “political chips” to “fall where they may.” Imagine a custodial service that fixed toilet clogs by letting the overflowing waste and polluted waters “fall where they may.”

    At a press conference to preempt the bipartisan House ethics panel’s announcement of 13 ethics and federal regulation charges against Rangel on Thursday afternoon, Pelosi claimed to take “great pride” in her swamp-draining record. Unblinkingly, she cited the House trial against Rangel as proof that the “process” is working. But that beleaguered panel has been pathetically understaffed, has dragged its feet for two years on the Rangel case and has administered more halfhearted wrist-slaps than all the pushover parents on a season of “Nanny 911.”

    Clinging bitterly to the moral equivalence card, Pelosi carped about Bush-era GOP corruption. (Cue a chorus of “Let’s do the time warp again!”) Her lips were sealed, however, on the continuing wheeling and dealing behind the scenes between Rangel’s lobbyist-funded lawyers and the ethics panel on a deal to avoid a congressional trial.

    A full-blown public trial would thoroughly air his self-dealing, habitual bad-faith failures to report income, multiple House gift ban and solicitation ban violations, flouting of franking privilege and letterhead rules, and a fundamental “pattern of indifference or disregard for the laws, rules and regulations of the United States and House of Representatives,” as the House ethics statement of violations put it. But, hey, what about that GEORGE W. BUSH, eh, Pelosi?

    Bush-whack all you want. The Rangel stench is overwhelming. Along the way, Rangel has obstructed House investigators, failed to produce documents and refused previous settlement offers — prompting House ethics investigative subcommittee member Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., to reject the Rangel-as-victim narrative. Misfortune didn’t befall Rangel. He chose his path. While bleeding-heart lefties in the media, like The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, mourn entrenched incumbent Rangel’s sudden fall (he “took 36 years to climb to the top, only to lose it all in an instant”), there is nothing sudden about the entitlement sclerosis that took hold of his career.

    And there is nothing ethical about the Democratic enablers who have shown their own long pattern of indifference or disregard for clean, open, transparent government.

    I remind you that in March, Speaker Mop & Glo was minimizing Rangel’s mountain of alleged transgressions by pooh-poohing that “it was a violation of the rules of the House. It was not something that jeopardized our country in any way.” GOP Rep. Mike McCaul, a member of the House ethics investigative subcommittee, begged to differ. “Credibility is what’s at stake here; the very credibility of the House itself,” he said at the hearing announcing the baker’s dozen of ethics charges. Echoing Pelosi’s nonchalance, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters sniffed that “many members” of the House are as habitually sloppy and apathetic toward House ethics rules as Rangel — her good friend and Congressional Black Caucus ally.

    Since Day One, the identity-politics caucus that Rangel helped found has stood by his side and blamed anti-black bias for Rangel’s troubles. Rangel likened public scrutiny of his shady rent-controlled apartment deals and tax troubles to a “lynching.” CBC member Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., called it a “witch hunt.” And an unidentified, tinfoil-hatted black House Democrat told Politico: “It looks as if there is somebody out there who understands what the rules (are) and sends names to the ethics committee with the goal of going after the (CBC).”

    Never mind that the supposedly bigoted House ethics panel exonerated four CBC members of their participation in corporate-funded tax junkets to the Caribbean. When the polls are down and damning evidence keeps mounting, first yell “BUSH!” Then yell “RAAAAACIST!”

    As last-minute deal-making between Rangel and the foxes guarding the congressional henhouse continues, more and more Americans are coming to the same conclusions: House-soilers can’t be cleaners. Voters, not Washington politicians, are the ultimate ethics committee.

    #2
    Re: Birds of a feather, Rangel and the crooks stick together

    Drain that swamp Nancy!
    Don't worry about the guns, send lawyers and money.

    “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident, which everyone has decided not to see.”
    Ayn Rand

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      #3
      Re: Birds of a feather, Rangel and the crooks stick together

      Let's drain nancy, all that hot air could evaporate all the oil in the gulf.
      The 2nd Amendment is my license to carry

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        Re: Birds of a feather, Rangel and the crooks stick together

        NEXT--

        Maxine Waters to face trial for ethics violations
        July 31, 2010
        http://americaswatchtower.com/
        . Maxine “we’ll nationalize the oil companies” Waters is the latest Democrat to face a trial by the House Ethics Committee– joining Charlie Rangel on the “swamp” list.

        Yesterday a House Ethics sub-committee was set to unveil the charges against her, but she chose to move towards a trial instead of cutting a deal so the release of the charges has been delayed. The charges will probably be announced at some point next week.

        Maxine Waters is a member of the Financial Services Committee– how she was able to hold onto her position on the committee while the investigation was underway is beyond me– and she has been accused of using her position on the committee to help a small bank, in which her husband is a shareholder, in an attempt to get federal aid by arranging a meeting between federal regulators and the bank, without ever disclosing that her husband was a shareholder and former board member.

        The Congressional Black Caucus– of which both Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel are members– has come out swinging against the Office of Congressional Ethics (this office decides which ethics complaints to bring to the Ethics Committee and which to drop), claiming that the office is “ unfairly and disproportionately” targeting them and has too much power; they have begun to work on legislation which would cut down their influence.

        Isn’t that a typical response? Instead of bringing to justice the people who have wronged the American people, the Congressional Black Caucus yells racism and decides the answer to cutting down on ethics violations is to look into fewer allegations.

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          Re: Birds of a feather, Rangel and the crooks stick together

          LOOKS LIKE "THEY" ARE NOT TOO CONCERNED

          Dem leaders, donors to hold Rangel birthday bash at The Plaza
          By Alexander Bolton - 07/31/10 11:15 AM ET http://thehill.com/homenews/house/11...-bash-at-plaza

          Democratic leaders and major party donors plan to hold a lavish 80th birthday gala for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan next month, despite 13 ethics charges pending against the veteran lawmaker.

          Lobbyists and other party donors received invitations this week to join Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and New York Gov. David Paterson (D) at one of New York’s finest hotels to celebrate Rangel’s birthday.



          Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are also listed as featured guests, according to an invitation viewed by The Hill.

          Some potential guests received the invitation a day after the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct issued a report accusing Rangel of multiple ethics violations.

          While some Democrats think Rangel has become politically radioactive in Washington, the invitation lists a variety of enticements to get people to show up to his birthday bash and contribute to his campaign.

          Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” will serenade them and guests who pony up $200, $500, $1,000 or $2,500 for tickets. The funds will go to the Rangel Victory Fund, a campaign account.

          The 2010 Rangel Birthday Gala is planned for Aug. 11 despite the fact that Rangel’s actual birthday is June 11.
          Last edited by pondrast; 07-31-2010, 03:06 PM.

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            Re: Birds of a feather, Rangel and the crooks stick together

            Somethings going on behind the curtain here. The Democratic Socialist of America of which Rangel and Waters are members have been giving nobama shiot for not being radical enough. I think the Administration is saying; We'll run all of you out of congress! Back off!
            He has to act like he's moving more to the center for Nov. He's already done more damage to this great Country than anything in the last 234 years.
            Don't worry about the guns, send lawyers and money.

            “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident, which everyone has decided not to see.”
            Ayn Rand

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