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Charlie Rangel has a tax dispute

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Rangel says he won't quit House panel over tax dispute - CNN.com
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday he will not step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee in the face of a call from the Republican leader in the House for him to do so.


Rep. Charles Rangel says he will pay back taxes on rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic.

Rangel has been under fire for failing to report income from a rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic.

He admitted Tuesday he had not paid tax on the income, but said it was a mistake and he will pay whatever back taxes he owes. He said the income had gone directly toward paying down the mortgage on the property and he had rarely if ever received income statements related to it.

"I really didn't pay any attention to it. I wasn't getting any money from it," he said, calling his failure to pay taxes "an omission that's irresponsible, and that's it."

"I don't believe that making mistakes means you have to give up your career," he said.

He also admitted that he had not been charged interest on the mortgage for the past 18 years, but said he had "no clue" that the mortgage lender had made that decision. He denied having been singled out for preferential treatment.

Rangel's Ways and Means Committee writes tax law, among other responsibilities.

Republicans have been hammering Rangel over the financing of the beachfront property

"Given Chairman Rangel's continuing ethical lapses, he cannot effectively carry out his duties as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee," GOP leaders said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

Rangel said he felt "embarrassed" for House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio for feeling he had to call for Rangel to step down.

"It is my understanding that he feels politically he has to do this, and I feel sorry for him," Rangel said.

He has also defended himself against allegations that he improperly leased a rent-controlled apartment to use as an office, and that he misused House stationery to solicit money for a New York academic center bearing his name.

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^^^^I am sure there are more in Washington far dirtier than Rangel but how many more skeletons has this bitch forgotten about..........
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It's really strange to see the lack of outrage from the libs, here. You know, the one's that 'claim' they would pursue corruption from a dem as well as pointing out corruption from a repub? William Jefferson is hush, hush. In spite of the fact he has been caught red handed. Now, Rangel. This is NOT an 'oversight'. This is pure tax evasion and the arrogant bastard never thought he'd get caught.

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"I really didn't pay any attention to it. I wasn't getting any money from it,"
he said, calling his failure to pay taxes "an omission that's irresponsible, and that's it."
Yeah, right. And he also didn't know the mortgage company discounted his interest to nothing. Bullshit!

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"I don't believe that making mistakes means you have to give up your career"
But, he'd expect a repub to give up a career.

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This is a nice perk to have for our congressman, I wonder how many do this?



Representative Charles Rangel is proud of his leased-through-Congress 2004 Cadillac DeVille. And he even offers rides to constituents, so they can discuss issues. Rangel told the NY Times, "I want them to feel that they are somebody and their congressman is somebody. And when they say, ‘This is nice,’ it feels good.” And taxpayers should feel a little ownership over the car (which is apparently so roomy Rangel has a desk in it)--taxpayers are footing the $777.54/month lease (not to mention gas).

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The moral high ground remains surrounded by a slippery slope. Hypocrisy cost the GOP many positions in 2006, and the Dems are no better.

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It's really strange to see the lack of outrage from the libs, here. You know, the one's that 'claim' they would pursue corruption from a dem as well as pointing out corruption from a repub? William Jefferson is hush, hush. In spite of the fact he has been caught red handed. Now, Rangel. This is NOT an 'oversight'. This is pure tax evasion and the arrogant bastard never thought he'd get caught.

he said, calling his failure to pay taxes "an omission that's irresponsible, and that's it."
Yeah, right. And he also didn't know the mortgage company discounted his interest to nothing. Bullshit!


But, he'd expect a repub to give up a career.


True CMitch but we have already raked Rangel over the coals once a few months ago when the car leasing thing came out, it is truly bullshit what this guy gets away with and mostly because of his position.....
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True CMitch but we have already raked Rangel over the coals once a few months ago when the car leasing thing came out, it is truly bullshit what this guy gets away with and mostly because of his position.....
Which one of these threads was the coal raking done in?
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Well, it's 15 hours into this thread and no libs weighing in. It must be because of Ike.

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Well, it's 15 hours into this thread and no libs weighing in. It must be because of Ike.
Really? who're the libs among us? I demand that you list them on orders from Gestapo Headquarters.
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