Monday, September 15, 2008

Is Charlie Rangel a Tax Cheat?

Do bears poop in the woods?

Given what we know about his unethical scamming of New York’s rent control laws for his own benefit, it’s far from an implausible assertion.

We’re expected to believe that the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee can’t find an accountant competent enough to accurately report his rental income from his vacation home in the Dominican.

There’s really only two options here – either Mr. Rangel is too stupid to head up Ways and Means, or he’s too corrupt.

And for you fans of government intervention on behalf of the poor, let’s keep in mind that consuming 4 rent controlled apartments probably helped Mr. Rangel to afford a vacation home in the Dominican. Well, that’s assuming some lobbyists aren’t paying for the whole thing anyway.

Note to Mr. Rangel: Hiring Lanny Davis, CCBL*, as your counsel doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in your innocence.

But that doesn’t matter much; congressional Democrats generally get a media pass and party for this sort of thing. Republicans generally don’t, but I guess that Ted Stevens and Don Young are about to put that theory to the test.

*Certified Clinton Boot Licker