Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Culture of Corruption Lives On

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans have failed for a third time to oust Rep. Charles Rangel as chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
Despite the expected defeat Wednesday, the GOP did keep the spotlight on the New York Democrat's ethical problems, although the matter will be turned over to the House ethics committee for a long-term investigation. The House voted 246-153 to refer the resolution to remove him to that panel in a partisan vote that had no meaning except to revisit Rangel's problems.

The Harlem congressman is faced with allegations of financial improprieties, including failure to pay taxes on investment income and neglecting to report assets and income on his congressional financial disclosure forms.
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Until Democrats can clean house, they risk becoming branded as the party of hypocrisy and corruption. Charlie Rangel leased 4 rent controlled apartments to use as an office, a felony under NYC legal code. He failed to reveal what appears, now, to be several million dollars in income, didn't pay taxes on that income, and yet, Mrs. Pelosi has refused to removed him from the House Ways and Means Committee. That is the committee formulates tax law...imagine that, a tax cheat in charge of that committee...then again, why not? The Secretary of the Treasury is a tax cheat too.

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