FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Why is Charles Rangel (D, NY-15) still Chair of Ways and Means?
This is a serious question.
Note the use of the word “Another.” Via Instapundit:
WASHINGTON — Representative Charles B. Rangel’s legal team is reviewing his tax records to determine whether the congressman received a homestead exemption on a house he owned in Washington while living in several rent-stabilized apartments in New York City.
The situation is potentially troublesome for Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat who is already the subject of a wide-ranging internal House investigation stemming from an assortment of ethical concerns.
Republicans have criticized Mr. Rangel, claiming that he has made a mockery of the Democratic Party’s promise to reform Washington’s political culture when it took control of the House in 2006. Republicans have demanded that he step down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which writes the nation’s tax laws and is one of the most powerful panels in Congress.
I know that this is going to sound like a bizarre notion for a lot of Democrats, but in point of fact a notion isn’t automatically a bad one just because a Republican’s suggesting it. The New York Times has been hammering Rangel on this subject since July; the New York Post reported yesterday that he was double-dipping on homestead expenses; and he is in fact under investigation for ethics violations right now. This is not a politically motivated hit job; there are legitimate concerns about his actions and activities, and a growing body of evidence that Rep. Rangel has been using his position to provide him with cover for abusing tax laws. Under the circumstances, and until this is cleared up, I don’t want him to have oversight over the House committee that regulates the American tax code.
So why don’t the Democrats agree?
PS: Try to avoid the sillier answers, apologists.