The House appears likely to vote on a resolution of disapproval of Rep. Joe Wilson for refusing to make a second apology because 1) he spoke an inconvenient truth, and 2) they can. (It matters not that Obama himself accused his opponents of lying in this very speech.)
But while they're in the mood, how about a censure for Charlie Rangel? Oops, forgot that that 'D' next to his name inoculates him from accountability. And of course, it would be rascist.
How corrupt is Rep. Rangle? From Richard Cohen in today's Washington Post:
Diagnosis: Congressional Sclerosis. RTR. *Update: Michelle Malkin has more. Apparently today is an anniversary of sorts for Rangel.
Rangel is now the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and a man of immense importance in Washington. Nonetheless, he has been busy of late revising and amending the record, backing and filling, using buckets of Wite-Out as he discovers or remembers properties he has owned in New York, New Jersey, Florida, the Dominican Republic and God only knows where else -- and has forgotten or neglected to fully report on the required forms, not to mention the income from them. Oops!
Rangel recently even discovered bank accounts that no one in the world, apparently including him, knew he had. One was with the Congressional Federal Credit Union; another was with Merrill Lynch -- each valued between $250,000 and $500,000. He somehow neglected to mention these accounts on his congressional disclosure forms, which means, if you can believe it, that when he signed the forms, he did not notice that maybe $1 million was missing. Someone ought to check the lighting in his office.
The dim bulb could also have accounted for why Rangel did not notice that he was soliciting contributions for the curiously named Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service on the congressional letterhead of the very same Charles B. Rangel. It may also account for why he failed to report dividend income from various investments in addition to what he made by selling a townhouse in Harlem. The place went for $410,000 in 2004, and had been rented -- or not -- to various people, who paid rent or didn't -- since Rangel reported no income for years at a time. This is what he did, too, with the rent he earned on his Dominican Republic villa. Again, nada.There is something wrong with Charlie Rangel.
Then there's Pete Stark.
*Update: I was going to leave it at that but must add a link to Ed Morrissey on the egregious Rep. Stark.
Cross-posted in the Green Room.
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