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Ethics chief counsel recommends censure for Rangel

November 18th, 2010 . by TexasFred
Ethics chief counsel recommends censure for Rangel

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House ethics committee’s chief counsel recommended Thursday that veteran Rep. Charles Rangel be censured for financial and fundraising misconduct as lawmakers neared closure on an embarrassing 2 1/2-year-long scandal.

Chief counsel Blake Chisam called for the punishment despite the veteran New York congressman’s plea, in a prepared statement in advance of the hearing, for “a drop of fairness and mercy.”

If Chisam’s recommendation is carried out, it would be the most serious punishment short of expulsion that could be meted out by the House. Chisam and Rangel argued their positions at a public hearing on sanctions, where the 80-year-old congressman acknowledged making mistakes in handling his finances and said he wasn’t there to “retry this case.”

He did say he wished the committee would weigh, in considering its vote on punishment, how the House had handled previous cases involving lawmakers who were enriched by activities they undertook that were judged to be in violation of the chamber’s rules.

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Censure? That’s it? That’s ALL Rangel is going to get?

censure – noun
1. strong or vehement expression of disapproval: The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.

2. an official reprimand, as by a legislative body of one of its members.

That’s not even a slap on the wrist. And folks, this is what you get when the FOX guards the hen house. The FOX, in this case, being Rangel’s fellow Congress Critters.

The picture says it all.

That paper Rangel has in his hands? It’s mislabeled. It should read The U.S. Constitution. And we all know what Rangel is going to do with it once he gets to the ‘out house’. I just don’t believe reading it is on his agenda.

Censure? These ass-hats in Congress have wasted many hours of investigation and untold millions of TAX PAYER DOLLARS and all they can come up with is a censure?

Little Charlie: “LaLaLaLaLaLaLaLa…”

Little Charlies Mother: “Now Charlie, be a dear and use your *indoor* voice…”

That is a censure.

A censure boils down to a correction, a verbal reprimand, and it equates to little more than saying nothing at all. It means Rangel is free to proceed with his shenanigans as a Member of Congress. It means that many of his fellow Congressmen are as crooked as is Rangel himself.

Rangel spoke calmly without notes as he faced the committee. He repeatedly denied he was corrupt or crooked, sparking a clash with Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

McCaul questioned whether Rangel’s conduct was, in fact, corrupt.

He noted that Rangel targeted donors for a college center named after him, people who had legislative issues that Rangel could influence in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rangel, McCaul added, didn’t pay taxes on his Dominican Republic villa for 17 years.

“Failure to pay taxes for 17 years. What is that?” McCaul asked. He noted that former Rep. James Traficant, who was expelled after a felony conviction, didn’t pay taxes for just two years.

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

August 29th, 2010 . by TexasFred
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide’s two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers’ causes.

The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member’s district.

Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated the rules but said she had done so “unknowingly” and would work with the foundation to “rectify the financial situation.”

Initially, she said, “I recognized the names when I saw them. And I knew that they had a need just like any other kid that would apply for one.” Had there been more “very worthy applicants in my district,” she added, “then I probably wouldn’t have given it” to the relatives.

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I don’t like Eddie Bernice Johnson, and I know there are a few that are going to say, “Well that’s because TexasFred is a racist and a bigot.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

I don’t like crooked politics and I despise crooked politicians. That is the truth of the matter.

I have hammered about crooked politicians, and accusations against politicians, even politicians I happen to personally like. I don’t cut them ANY slack!

I went off on this; Voter Registration Fraud Uncovered and pointed out the suspicious fire that followed the alleged fraud. I regularly take on the Obama administration and their way of raping America; People Have Noticed.

Recently, we have seen this; Ethics Inquiry of Rangel Finds Evidence of Violations and this; Rep. Maxine Waters to face ethics charges.

I even weighed in on a gentleman that I have known for a long time and recently got to meet in person, and happen to actually like, Rep. Joe Driver (TX-113); State Rep. Joe Driver of Garland double-billed for travel.

I talked with Joe Driver by phone on Thursday morning. He called regarding
The Rowlett TEA Party Candidates Forum that we are sponsoring on Sept. 25th, and in talking I told him, straight up, how I feel about these accusations that have been leveled against him, and I referenced back to the Tom DeLay campaign finance investigation and the words I said to and about Mr. DeLay.

I told Tom DeLay this; “If they can prove you guilty of intentional misdeeds, you need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If they can’t prove you guilty, they need to leave you the hell alone and let you get on with your life.�

Joe Driver took those words in the spirit in which they were meant. Mr. Driver may have made a mistake, but he is a man of principle. Joe Driver even agreed with that take on matters and the prosecution of crimes.

Apparently, Mr. DeLay didn’t.

A while back DeLay had a link to my blog on his page. It seems they really liked my no nonsense approach and highly un-PC way of getting to the heart of the matter. Until it came to speaking out about Mr. DeLay himself. After I said those words to Mr. DeLay, they dropped the link to my blog and banned me from their site.

I guess the truth hurts sometimes.

As I said to Mr. DeLay and Mr. Driver, I say again to Eddie Bernice Johnson, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters, and any other person that’s in public office, “If they can prove you guilty of intentional misdeeds, you need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If they can’t prove you guilty, they need to leave you the hell alone and let you get on with your life.�

I don’t care what color they are, I don’t care which political party they belong to, if they are, in fact, crooks, take them OUT and make graphic examples of them and highly publicize their punishment.

Anyone can make a mistake, but an elected official that intentionally breaks the public trust is, in MY not so humble opinion, the lowest form of humanity on the face of the earth!

And there’s one other thing I feel I MUST address here, the very top paragraph of the original story, which says;

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Ethics Inquiry of Rangel Finds Evidence of Violations

July 23rd, 2010 . by TexasFred

Ethics Inquiry of Rangel Finds Evidence of Violations

WASHINGTON — A House investigative panel has found “substantial reason to believe� that Representative Charles B. Rangel violated a range of ethics rules, dealing a serious blow to Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat, in the twilight of his political career.

The finding means that he must face a public trial before the House ethics committee, the first member of Congress to be forced to do so since 2002, when Representative James A. Traficant Jr. was expelled from Congress after a corruption conviction.

The investigative panel did not disclose any details about the nature of the violations.

But two Democrats with knowledge of the investigation said the committee found evidence to support accusations that Mr. Rangel, 80, wrongly accepted four rent-stabilized apartments in Manhattan and misused his office to preserve a tax loophole worth half a billion dollars for an oil executive who pledged a donation for an educational center being built in Mr. Rangel’s honor.

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But Rangel can’t be unethical, he’s an esteemed, long serving elected official. This is being done strictly because Charlie Rangel is Black and the entire U.S. Congress is a bunch of racists. :P

Anyone care to take bets that this isn’t how the story will play out on the evening news?

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t believe that the NAACP and The New Black Panthers will be all up in the air over this? Demanding that the *White Devils* apologize for wronging Brother Rangel? Oh, I almost forgot, and demanding some reparations in the process?

The committee also found evidence to support a charge that Mr. Rangel failed to report or pay taxes on rental income from his beachfront Dominican villa.

They are among the most serious of the assortment of charges against Mr. Rangel that the panel has been examining for nearly two years.

Charges have been filed. That’s a 1st step. Accusations are one thing, proving them is another matter entirely.

I don’t know if Charlie Rangel is guilty or not. All I know is what I read in the papers, just like most everyone else. What I do know is this; the accusations have been floating around for far too long, if they can be substantiated and proven in a court of law, run the guy out on a rail. If they can’t be proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, leave him alone and let him go on about his business.

Mr. Rangel, who has dismissed the accusations since they were first made in 2008, continued to contest them on Thursday and said he looked forward to publicly rebutting them. “I am pleased that, at long last, sunshine will pierce the cloud of serious allegations that have been raised against me in the media,� Mr. Rangel’s statement said.

Rangel may well be about to prove his accusers wrong, maybe not, we’ll all have to wait and see, but the fact of the matter is this, if he’s found guilty it will be because he’s Black and everyone else is a racist. If he’s found innocent, there will be rants that Rangel was only charged because he’s Black and because everyone else is a racist.

Any way it goes, it’s going to be about racism.

Mr. Rangel, who in March gave up his seat as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in response to a separate ethics issue, has spent nearly $2 million fighting to clear himself in the various investigations as he seeks a 21st term this fall.

A 21st term? Would it be out of line to point out, once again, the NEED for term limits?

His office said Thursday that there was no possibility he would withdraw from the race or resign. But his mounting problems have become a liability for Democrats nationally as they seek to retain their control of the House. Republicans have criticized Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, for not moving more swiftly and decisively to discipline Mr. Rangel.

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