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YourBlackWorld: Charles Rangel To Meet Tax Man


The Democratic congressman who writes the tax code will be meeting the tax collector. Republicans couldn’t be happier.

Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, the gravelly voiced chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, discovered that he owes back taxes on rental income from his Dominican Republic beach villa.

Republicans, in the minority in both the House and Senate, desperately needed a new Democratic scandal. Before Rangel’s ethical troubles became known — and there has been no finding of wrongdoing — the GOP was trailing 7-2 in the most serious corruption tally: lawmakers indicted or convicted since 2000.

For more details, you can Google congressional Republicans Ted Stevens, Rick Renzi, Larry Craig, Bob Ney, Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Tom DeLay and William Janklow. To make the Googling bipartisan, also see Democrats William Jefferson and James Traficant.

So far, Rangel has given Republicans these political gifts:

_An estimated tax bill of $5,000 from undeclared rental income at the Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic.


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