Congressionally censured tax cheat tells Romney ‘Americans pay their taxes, unlike you.’

posted at 12:01 pm on September 20, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Chutzpah, thy name is Charlie Rangel:

“Nothing can be further from the truth than Gov. Romney’s ridiculous remarks that nearly half of American people do not pay federal income taxes, they pay other federal and state taxes. The 47 percent figure cited by the Republican presidential candidate covers only the federal income tax and ignores the fact that people may pay a higher percentage of their income on a wide variety of taxes.

Everyone pays taxes. Lower income persons pay state and local, property, excise and sales taxes. In fact, when all federal, state, and local taxes are taken into account, the bottom fifth of households pays about 16 percent of their incomes in taxes, on average. The second-poorest fifth pays about 21 percent. This is higher than what the Governor has paid in income taxes. He has absolutely no moral authority to accuse nearly half of the American people of being irresponsible and freeloaders.”

Speaking of “absolutely no moral authority,” let’s go over Rangel’s record, who was censured by the House of Representatives for a multitude of tax and ethics violations made while he was in charge of writing the nation’s tax policy as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Charlie Rangel amended his financial disclosure forms under pressure in 2009 to show “that he had omitted an array of assets, business transactions and sources of income. They include a Merrill Lynch Global account valued between $250,000 and $500,000; tens of thousands of dollars in municipal bonds; and $30,000 to $100,000 in rent from a multifamily brownstone building he owned on West 132nd Street.” That wasn’t all. “The latest filings come on top of an amendment to Mr. Rangel’s 2007 disclosure form reported this week showing that he had failed to list at least $500,000 in assets.” The new disclosures doubled Rangel’s net worth.

Rep. Charlie Rangel rented several apartments in Harlem at suspiciously below-market rates from a big campaign donor, combining several to create his home while using one of them as a campaign office. That was a violation of rent-control laws, which require rent-controlled apartments to be used as residences.

Rep. Charlie Rangel parked his Mercedes for free in a Congressional parking space for about five years, never declaring the approximate $300 monthly fee on his taxes, as IRS rules require. Luckily, the House Ethics committee determined that he didn’t violate any rules because they only apply rules about parking to staff, not members.

Rep. Charlie Rangel used Congressional letterhead to solicit donations for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York from companies that might have significant interests in the policy making of his committee, a move ethicists said “crossed the line.” He’d already funneled federal earmarks for the center.

Later, one of the big donors to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service benefitted richly when Rangel changed his position on closing a tax loophole.

Rep. Charlie Rangel failed to report $75,000 in rental income or pay taxes on a Dominican villa he owned, causing the New York Times to call for him to step down from his Ways and Means Chairmanship.

In 2008, Rep. Charlie Rangel was forced to pay back taxes on rental income on his villa in the Dominican Republic— a property he was advised to buy by one of his donors and for which he later received preferential treatment when the interest rate on his mortgage was waived.

Rep. Charlie Rangel took the “Property Homestead Deduction Act” tax break on his Washington, D.C. residence for five years, despite the fact that he maintained his primary residence in New York for electoral reasons. Lawmakers who maintain a residence in D.C. but must also maintain a primary residence in their districts are not eligible for the homestead break, tax lawyers told the NY Post.

Rangel is one of the most demonstrably corrupt manipulators of the tax code in Washington, and his longtime position as the guy who wrote tax code for the rest of us makes the corruption all the more despicable.

The headline on his press release should have been, “Americans pay their fair share in taxes, unlike me.”

H/t Village Voice.


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Congressionally censured tax cheat tells Romney ‘Americans pay their taxes, unlike you.’

Really, you just can’t make this stuff up.

UltimateBob on September 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Not mentioned in the piece, but should be:

We know for a fact that in the last 2 years Romney has paid more than $7 million in income tax.

Dark Star on September 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Involuntary retching commences…

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Imagine how the media would have treated Rangel had he been a Republican…

perroviejo on September 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Another Hatch Act violation? It’s his government website.

blammm on September 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

That fat, rock gargling piece of sh*t should be in jail, but because he’s black and a congress thief he walks around getting fatter and fatter! Lucky for us; Hell has plenty of room to accommodate the fat pr*ck!

Tbone McGraw on September 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

and ignores the fact that people may pay a higher percentage of their income on a wide variety of taxes.

And yet, Congress and all state governments are always looking at how to get more tax/fee revenues to support their spending needs….

SouthernRoots on September 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

H/t Village Voice.

Nice.

John the Libertarian on September 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Next, John Edwards will be lecturing us on family values.

changer1701 on September 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Charlie Rangel is a gigantic hack. Talk about leading with your chin!

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on September 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

When you have as many skeletons in your closet as this fool, your best course of action is to STFU.

Alabama Infidel on September 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Congressionally censured tax cheat tells Romney ‘Americans pay their taxes, unlike you.’

Well, why not? Why shouldn’t Charlie Rangel? Why should Harry Reid be the only law breaking tax cheating Democrat Marxist to get in on some of that good good good Schadenfreude gravy? Hell, next thing you know you’ll be suggesting that we should not allow accused criminals to control the investigations of the crimes they are accused of committing.

SWalker on September 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Just pass the bill allowing people to donate extra taxes to Uncle Sam and we’ll see which liberals put their money where their mouths are. Ugh, I just gave myself a nauseating visual.

stout77 on September 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

“Nothing can be further from the truth than Gov. Romney’s ridiculous remarks that nearly half of American people do not pay federal income taxes, they pay other federal and state taxes. The 47 percent figure cited by the Republican presidential candidate covers only the federal income tax

So, let me see.. he’s telling everyone that what Romney said is true.

Romney didn’t say anything about state taxes, property taxes or excise taxes. He specifically stated federal income tax. Just as Rangel notes. And then Rangel goes on to say that it’s true 47% of Americans don’t pay federal income tax.

Pretty silly to attack a man for telling the truth about something you admit is the truth.

ButterflyDragon on September 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

It is amazing how poorly served the American people are. These are the people that spend our money. No wonder we are in terrible shape.

bopbottle on September 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

In high school logic class Rangle would be considered “Questionable Authority”
He has no authority, of any type, to question any American.

Jabberwock on September 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Pawlenty quit the Romney campaign?

rayra on September 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Romney was right: 47% of the country does not pay federal income tax (which is what everyone means when they say “taxes”; I doubt Dems really want the public to start thinking about all the taxes we pay even if we have no fed tax liability).

Romney was right: 47% of the country (more or less) supports Obama and most of that number is solid for him. Why? Who knows. But a look at any polls, however biased or loaded, confirms that.

Romney was wrong: That 47% of people who didn’t pay federal income tax (2010? don’t remember the year) is not entirely, nor even mostly, composed of people who have become lifetime, addicted dependents of the welfare state. So the statement was sloppy. I don’t always earn enough to have a tax liability at the end of the year, so may be in that 47% now and then. Romney’s statement did not offend me; I don’t like him any more or less now than I did before the leaked video.

And finally, the canard that Romney has not paid taxes is bullshit on its face. He is a multi-millionaire with most of his income coming from investments. He is a walking “red flag” for tax audits. It is a certainty that the IRS takes a regular look at his returns and that Romney is scrupulous to pay every dime he owes at the end of every year.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on September 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Nothing can be further from the truth than Gov. Romney’s ridiculous remarks that nearly half of American people do not pay federal income taxes… The 47 percent figure cited by the Republican presidential candidate covers only the federal income tax

Sounds to me, Mr. Rangle, that nothing can be CLOSER to the truth.

The Schaef on September 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

And finally, the canard that Romney has not paid taxes is bullshit on its face. He is a multi-millionaire with most of his income coming from investments. He is a walking “red flag” for tax audits. It is a certainty that the IRS takes a regular look at his returns and that Romney is scrupulous to pay every dime he owes at the end of every year.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on September 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

You are clearly a 1% bitter clinging raaaaacist for even suggesting that Romney is paying his fair share.

SWalker on September 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Anybody else in the mood for sharpening up pitch forks?

LoganSix on September 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Imagine how the media would have treated Rangel had he been a Republican…

perroviejo on September 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

We already know. Remember Randy Cunningham? He was charged with simular stuff. The same media demanded he be perp-walked immediately if not sooner. Remember how they wanted to give Rangle a pass in part, because of his military service? Cunningham was an Air Combat Ace in Viet Nam. He got no such consideration.

Alabama Infidel on September 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

“…Gov. Romney’s ridiculous remarks that nearly half of American people do not pay federal income taxes…. The 47 percent figure cited by the Republican presidential candidate covers only the federal income tax….”

Uh, what am I missing, Chahlie?

princetrumpet on September 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

This particular clown still drawing breath is one of the numerous reasons why I do not believe in God. He wouldn’t allow such a disgusting human stain to mar His design.

Archivarix on September 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

We already know. Remember Randy Cunningham? He was charged with simular stuff. The same media demanded he be perp-walked immediately if not sooner. Remember how they wanted to give Rangle a pass in part, because of his military service? Cunningham was an Air Combat Ace in Viet Nam. He got no such consideration.

Alabama Infidel on September 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Silly infidel… Only Republicans or conservatives can be guilty of criminal actions…

SWalker on September 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

FORTY YEARS that sack of excrement has been in congress. And much of it on the Tax committee.

rayra on September 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM

<—— Sneaks over to see what Bishop is using for bait…. Stinky cheese? really???

SWalker on September 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Hey, he got re-elected.

a capella on September 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM

This nation would make great strides towards unscrewing its governance if all the crooked scum with more than 20yrs in office were flushed out of office.
29 members of the House, 9 members of the Senate have been in office 30yrs
63 of the House, 24 of the Senate have been in office 20yrs or more.

http://www.rollcall.com/politics/houseseniority.html
http://www.rollcall.com/politics/senateseniority.html

rayra on September 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

H/t Village Voice.

Nice.

John the Libertarian on September 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I think for the Village Voice this is the equivalent of a death-bed confession.

pain train on September 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM

On the issue of money, it seems there is missing money from bho’s chicago campaign office?

http://nation.foxnews.com/obama-campaign/2012/09/20/o-no-50k-checks-stolen-obama-hq
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letget on September 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM

If every single American paid every bit they owed the government, it wouldn’t matter for one second how quickly we’re going to go bankrupt.

The debt is $16 Trillion, and the democrat party is squabbling over pennies.

Rebar on September 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

The debt is $16 Trillion, and the democrat party is squabbling over pennies.

Rebar on September 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Thieves and Marxists are like that.

SWalker on September 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Democrats’ message: Focus more on how much Mitt Romney has and distract the people from how much we take from them…

Washington Fancy on September 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM

And finally, the canard that Romney has not paid taxes is bullshit on its face. He is a multi-millionaire with most of his income coming from investments. He is a walking “red flag” for tax audits. It is a certainty that the IRS takes a regular look at his returns and that Romney is scrupulous to pay every dime he owes at the end of every year.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on September 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

.
My point exactly, ever since Reid started proliferating this rot.

listens2glenn on September 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The debt is $16 Trillion, and the democrat party is squabbling over pennies.

Rebar on September 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Thieves and Marxists are like that.

SWalker on September 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Of course. It’s the classic “missing the forest for the trees” symptom that most people have. They are focusing on the “details” of everyone “paying their fair share” while expecting people to not pay attention to the big picture of “it doesn’t matter if the goverment doesn’t stop spending on stupid crap.”

MobileVideoEngineer on September 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Just pass the bill allowing people to donate extra taxes to Uncle Sam and we’ll see which liberals put their money where their mouths are. Ugh, I just gave myself a nauseating visual.

stout77 on September 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

No need to pass a law. The IRS takes donations. Always did.

Bevan on September 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

‘Americans pay their taxes, unlike you.’

Who knew that you could serve in Congress after you, evidently, surrendered your US citizenship and became a citizen of the Dominican Republic?

Resist We Much on September 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Of course. It’s the classic “missing the forest for the trees” symptom that most people have. They are focusing on the “details” of everyone “paying their fair share” while expecting people to not pay attention to the big picture of “it doesn’t matter if the goverment doesn’t stop spending on stupid crap.”

MobileVideoEngineer on September 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

We’re on a 90 degree downhill grade, the brakes are out and the road is covered with grease, hey let’s try tying a string to our empty Slurpee cup and dragging it behind us like an anchor… What could possible go wrong?

SWalker on September 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Rep. Charlie Rangel

As always….Hilarious!

Love to point at “chuckles” whenever having arguments about political “corruption” with liberal friends. He’s in my Top 5:

Obama
Pelosi
Reid
DWS

then…

chuckles Rangel

Tim_CA on September 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Charlie Rangel talks to Tom Hagen:

http://goo.gl/Nhj9Y

juanito on September 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I think for the Village Voice this is the equivalent of a death-bed confession.

pain train on September 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM

You just know it’s bad when they start laying off interns.

John the Libertarian on September 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

… and the media will run with the poor pay state and local taxes, so Mitt is wrong theme. They will ignore the fact that Romney was talking about federal income tax, that the 53% paying federal tax also pay the taxes that Rangel’s web page calculated and will fail to calculate the cost of those taxes on the lowest income levels of federal income tax payers. They will further ignore the fact that Rangel’s use of his government web site to campaign against Romney is a violation of the Hatch act. The whole narrative will be how Romney “ignored that the poor pay some taxes too”.

Conversely, if Rangel had an (R) after his name, they would ignore the statements made by Rangel and focus on the fact checking and Hatch act violation.

AZfederalist on September 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Crooked as they come, but he is supported by the dems and the Black Caucus, come Hell or high water. What a disgrace and a perfect illustration of why congress is totally broken. We can’t even clean out proven criminals. God Save America! Nobody else will………..

ultracon on September 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Just pass the bill allowing people to donate extra taxes to Uncle Sam and we’ll see which liberals put their money where their mouths are. Ugh, I just gave myself a nauseating visual.

stout77 on September 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

No need to pass a law. The IRS takes donations. Always did.

Bevan on September 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Looks like they did anyway:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/house-bill-allows-taxpayers-donate-treasury

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on September 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

With that tax record he’ll never be elected president – oh wait – he isn’t running. Look over here. No. Over here. Wait here. Can I do this until the election?

plewis on September 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

If u cant attack the message. Attack the messenger.

Why did Romney demand 10 years of tax returns from those who was vetting for vice president but doesnt demand the same of himself?

Politricks on September 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Wow a Charlie Rangel attack post 48 days before the general. Hard days surfing and copy pasting when there’s nothing but gloom out for your man rMoney.

Have fun.

tommyhawk on September 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Did he? How do you know? In any case, it is his perogative since he was hiring. Your company want to know if you used drugs are are a felon? Get real, stop being an apologist for criminal liberals. In any case, Romney has absolutely nothing to do with this criminal. Only a liberal could make the link, nobody else is that stupid.

ultracon on September 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

No need to pass a law. The IRS takes donations. Always did.

Bevan on September 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

This law is to have the IRS include a checkbox directly on the 1040 form.

Will it be ineffective in raising revenue? You betcha. Will it be useful in the future for pointing out liberal hypocrisy? Yep. They won’t be able to claim that it was some obscure option hidden in the instructions somewhere. Now, Turbo-Tax challenged people like the brilliant Tim Geitner will still have problems finding that checkbox, but that won’t wash with people who file their taxes.

AZfederalist on September 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Just shaking my head

SoonerFn4Lfe on September 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Wow a Charlie Rangel attack post 48 days before the general. Hard days surfing and copy pasting when there’s nothing but gloom out for your man rMoney.

Have fun.

tommyhawk on September 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

You’re a complete idiot.

NapaConservative on September 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

This is an absolutely stupid issue. As long as Romney hasn’t broken any laws I could care less about his taxes. You can bet big money that the IRS would be all over him like flies on honey if he had even the slightest irregularity. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that all of his tax issues are in accordance with current laws and regulations and only political voyeurs and garbage can diving Democrats would be interested in his returns.

rplat on September 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

If u cant attack the message. Attack the messenger.

Why did Romney demand 10 years of tax returns from those who was vetting for vice president but doesnt demand the same of himself?

Politricks on September 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Got a problem with potential employers doing credit checks also? Can’t figure out Romney didn’t want something jumping up and biting him in the ass (like Geithner, Sebellius, etc.)?

Mitoch55 on September 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Why did Romney demand 10 years of tax returns from those who was vetting for vice president but doesnt demand the same of himself?

Politricks on September 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Did he openly publish those tax returns for public consumption?

Didn’t think so.

/dang, you trolls are pathetic

AZfederalist on September 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Pawlenty quit the Romney campaign?

rayra on September 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

…we’re talking about your buttbuddy Chuck you testicle-less troll!

KOOLAID2 on September 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Rangel is an ethics morass. If there’s dirt around the beltway, you can be pretty certain that Rangel has played in it.

He’s so shameless and lazy about it, due, no doubt to his advanced age, thinking ‘What can they do to me, anyway?’ that he endangered the ‘reputation’ of the entire party. That’s some chore for the party that’s sporting Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Gary Hart, and Maxine Waters on that ‘reputation’.

Even Obama told him to quit and wrote him off, casting him under that bus along with everyone else whom he considered of no further value to his own ambitions.

thatsafactjack on September 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

GALLUP: O 47% R 47%

http://www.gallup.com/poll/150743/Obama-Romney.aspx

Resist We Much on September 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Why did Romney demand 10 years of tax returns from those who was vetting for vice president but doesnt demand the same of himself?

Politricks on September 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

And, Romney gave McCain 23 years of returns when he was being vetting for vice-president.

Did McCain release those to the public? No.

Thanks for playing.

Resist We Much on September 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Why did Romney demand 10 years of tax returns from those who was vetting for vice president but doesnt demand the same of himself?

Politricks on September 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM
And, Romney gave McCain 23 years of returns when he was being vetting for vice-president.

Did McCain release those to the public? No.

Thanks for playing.

Resist We Much on September 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

….shhhhhhh! …quit screwing with their talking points!

KOOLAID2 on September 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Why did Romney demand 10 years of tax returns from those who was vetting for vice president but doesnt demand the same of himself?

Politricks on September 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Why didn’t you demand the same information from your pResident? You seem to accept everything he says at face value.

Solaratov on September 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Everyone pays taxes. …persons pay state and local, property, excise and sales taxes.

So Charlie, that must mean Mitt DID pay taxes, and has always paid taxes, unless he’s been living in a bubble on the moon or something…

Better call Harry Reid and let him know.

J.H. on September 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I love how when we start talking about not paying taxes they pull out the state fed prop etc. taxes we all pay. Oh except the filthy rich of course who do not pay their fair share. /s

landowner on September 20, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Dems have no shame and they never go away. Even if we manage to unthrone the empty chair in Nov, we will jump on the carousel of former presidents the dems keep running around every election day. He’ll get paid gazillions to give speeches in foreign countries and live the life of a prince forever more. He could even run again if his ego demanded it of him. Sorry for the indigestion.

Kissmygrits on September 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

he will jump on the carousel…

Kissmygrits on September 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Everyone pays taxes. Lower income persons pay state and local, property, excise and sales taxes.

Do we not pay those taxes IN ADDITION to our Federal Income taxes?

Want to talk about fairness in the tax code? Let’s start there. Why is it ok for only 53% to pay Federal Income Taxes in addition to state and local, property, excise and sales taxes?

While we are on it. Don’t those 53% who pay Federal Income taxes also typically have higher property valuations thereby pay higher property taxes? Don’t those 53% who pay Federal Income taxes also typically spend more money and through that pay a larger amount of the state sales taxes?

This is one meme that I really do hope the dems keep pushing.

weaselyone on September 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

“Geeze, do you believe the stones on this effin’ guy?”

mojo on September 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

No moral authority? Try no logic.

Nothing can be further from the truth than Gov. Romney’s ridiculous remarks that nearly half of American people do not pay federal income taxes… The 47 percent figure cited by the Republican presidential candidate covers only the federal income tax

So Romney says nearly half don’t pay federal income taxes… and Rangel says he’s wrong because that 47% only covers those who don’t pay federal income taxes????

So Romney’s right… but somehow that makes him wrong.

taznar on September 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Charlie Rangel is the poster child for what is wrong with the DC crowd.

disa on September 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The Secretary of the Treasury wasn’t too keen on paying his federal income taxes til he got caught.

talkingpoints on September 20, 2012 at 9:51 PM