Charlie Rangel’s “Monument to Me” and other tales from the Democrat Congress

posted at 10:22 am on October 18, 2007 by Bryan

Rep. Charlie Rangel is attempting to build a “presidential library, without the president” at City College of New York. Rangel’s monument to himself consists of three separate and expensive items, the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, the Rangel Conference Center, and the Charles Rangel Library. It’s the library that even attracted the attention of CBS News.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is proposing an amendment that would kill the federal funding for Rangel’s neo-pyramid.

Elsewhere, the Democrats are set to pass an earmark that’ll help build a monument to the hippie generation. As if they needed one more reason to celebrate themselves and their own self-righteousness.

Will the Democratic-controlled Senate approve a $1 million earmark to celebrate Woodstock-era baby boomers, carved out of a bill funding health care and education? It will, because it is sponsored by New York’s influential Democratic senators, Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer. It will, because they are promoting the pet project of a big-time Democratic campaign contributor…

Even by congressional standards of shamelessness, the Bethel earmark is extraordinary. “What Cooperstown is to baseball,” says the museum’s Web site, quoting from a New York Times story, “Bethel could be to the baby boom.” Earlier this year, Bethel advertised a “Hippiefest” as a “return to the flower-powered days of the 1960s.”

Bethel typifies the earmark epidemic because political insiders are often found pushing pork. The museum is funded principally by billionaire Alan Gerry’s foundation, which has annual investment income of $24 million. Federal Election Commission records show that Gerry has donated at least $229,000 to political campaigns, and his wife, Sandra, has contributed $90,000 over the past 10 years (including $26,000 in the last election cycle to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, headed by Schumer). On June 30, the Gerrys gave the maximum $9,200 to Clinton’s presidential campaign, three days after the two New York senators put the Bethel earmark into the Labor-HHS bill.

Sen. Tom Coburn is fighting against the hippiefest earmark and whole slew of other similarly unneeded projects, but it’s going to be an uphill fight since even many Republicans have become addicted to sweet, sweet taste of pork.


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Gee,,,,I can see it on the tourism brochure now…

Visit Bethel and stand in the same open sewer that the dopers did.

Limerick on October 18, 2007 at 10:33 AM

Meh…we shouldn’t shirk it, really (The Hippiefest, that is) Most of those boneheads don’t remember anything from that decade, so they need the monument to remember for them.

A$$holes.

The worst generation…ruined our country. (No offense to my conservative Baby Boomer friends, but you know it’s pretty much true.)

tickleddragon on October 18, 2007 at 10:34 AM

And the ‘Pubs wonder why they the stage continues to get set for another ass-kicking in 2008??? Let them choke on all that pork, the Trent Lotts of the world.

RW Wacko on October 18, 2007 at 10:39 AM

And yes, I know the article is about Dems, but watch this pass with an ultimate wink wink from the ‘Pubs, in exchange for their own lard

RW Wacko on October 18, 2007 at 10:40 AM

Rangel rationalizes his deserving of this honor, his library and the earmarked millions by saying “If you’ve been around long enough ….. you’re rightfully entitled”.

Being there a long time. Wow!. Let us all strive to live up to the incredible accomplishment of Charlie Rangel.

As for Woodstock, let the hippie-dippie leftovers like Nash and Crosby throw another concert to raise money. Our government has no business even thinking about funding a museum dedicated to a RocknRoll Drugfest held in a cornfield 30 years ago.

fogw on October 18, 2007 at 10:43 AM

Hey, if Robert KKK Bird can have all his monuments, how about me????????

conservnut on October 18, 2007 at 10:45 AM

I thought that today’s rampant social pathologies (abortion, drug use, school drop out rates, PC run amok, nihilistic emo kids, etc.) were already the monument to the hippie generation.

Nosferightu on October 18, 2007 at 10:48 AM

Maybe they can construct a “Puplic Privy” and let Dave Crosby & Graham Nash do the unveiling!

PappaMac on October 18, 2007 at 10:48 AM

Yeehaw! Go Coburn…love that man! Good ol’ Okie, straight-shooter. Keep at ‘em.

Miss_Anthrope on October 18, 2007 at 10:53 AM

And the embezzlement of our money continues…

CP on October 18, 2007 at 10:56 AM

Where’s Guy Fawkes when ya need him?

Ochlan on October 18, 2007 at 11:00 AM

Hmmm…. seems to me that Pride was one of the seven deadly sins…

Romeo13 on October 18, 2007 at 11:27 AM

There should be a monument to this guy since he has become an allegorical figure of all that is wrong with race relations and legislation in this country. It can be placed in Central Park near W84th St and male dogs can use it as a relief station.

There are only eight Democrats that actually make my skin crawl, and this is one of them.

Hening on October 18, 2007 at 11:54 AM

Animal House — “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son…”

Jaibones on October 18, 2007 at 11:57 AM

It’ll sure help boat rental business on White Lake. Maybe Vassmer’s will finally get that new coat of paint?

stonemeister on October 18, 2007 at 12:12 PM

I’d love it if the sponsors for any earmarks had to have their ears literally tagged with the name and nature of their supplemental funding requests. Murtha and some others would wind up looking like Las Vegas showgirls.

James on October 18, 2007 at 12:32 PM

I’d love it if the sponsors for any earmarks had to have their ears literally tagged with the name and nature of their supplemental funding requests. Murtha and some others would wind up looking like Las Vegas showgirls.

James on October 18, 2007 at 12:32 PM

Their ears if they’re lucky!

stonemeister on October 18, 2007 at 12:35 PM

The hypocrisy of Charles Rangel.

abinitioadinfinitum on October 18, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Entitlement Rangel.

Because I’m corrupt enough, I’m sneaky enough, and doggoneit, I’m entitled to it.

Kini on October 18, 2007 at 12:49 PM

Charlie Rangel.

His greatness is exceeded only by his modesty.

morganfrost on October 18, 2007 at 1:05 PM

The general population are considered “the great unwashed”.

The hippie population are just the unwashed.

quax1 on October 18, 2007 at 1:11 PM

Charles Rangel : the black Robert Bird and Jack Murtha.

Wade on October 18, 2007 at 1:15 PM

A legend in his own mind

Kini on October 18, 2007 at 1:41 PM

Why don’t the house rules apply here?

http://www.rules.house.gov/archives/21RXXI.htm

“6. It shall not be in order to consider a bill, joint resolution, amendment, or conference report that provides for the designation or redesignation of a public work in honor of an individual then serving as a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, or Senator. ”

Has anyone looked into that?

charlestperry on October 18, 2007 at 4:27 PM

Hmmm…. seems to me that Pride was one of the seven deadly sins…

Romeo13 on October 18, 2007 at 11:27 AM
Pride has nothing to do with it, this is plain and simple vanity !

SIJ6141 on October 18, 2007 at 5:03 PM

blah, blah, blah.

i’m going to eat some ravioli.

madmonkphotog on October 18, 2007 at 5:33 PM

If you can’t afford to build a library yourself, then don’t build one.

I’m building my public library, one book at a time. No one ever visits it, but it’s all mine…mine…mine.

Tim Burton on October 18, 2007 at 7:42 PM

If we let the Charlie Rangels of the world have their way, the only library he’ll have in his name will be of the sort that Burgess Meredith built for himself in the classic Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough At Last.”

Captain Scarlet on October 19, 2007 at 3:01 AM