Let me introduce to you NY congressman Charlie Rangel. I would personally like to nominate him for the phucktard of the year award.
This tool has been chairman of the Ways and Means committee - you know the committee who writes our tax code. Mr. Rangel is up on charges that he cannot seem to follow the same taxation rules that you and I will go to prison over. Just simple things like unreported income that he eventually disclosed, nothing major just a little over a million dollars in rental income and various other things he has his hands in. No big deal. Blah.
Mr. Rangel has been front and center in the news media crying for his day in court, a chance to let the American public know the real story. Yesterday he got his wish in front of the Ethics Committee and what did he do? He walked out. Yup, walked out claiming he has no legal representation. His previous counsel quit almost 2 months ago knowing this old fossil's goose was cooked - and nobody else will belly up to the bar to help him. Take your medicine Mr. Rangel.
Rangel has acknowledged ethical lapses, but he has argued that he did not intend to break the rules.
Well Mr. Rangel, in the very same tax code YOU helped draft and become law it is clearly stated that violating tax law, regardless of intent/interpretation/misunderstanding, does not excuse your responsibility for them.
These infractions of congressional ethics probably put Mr. Rangel in the company of many of his peers. Let's just hope the Ethics committee continues with Mr. Rangel and then starts looking into all the other congressional representatives on both sides of the aisle as well. Let's start with those whom are on the current panel and work our way backwards - lets see who's left at the end of the debacle.