Rangel: Sure there’s an economic emergency, but ‘what about me?’ 

Examiner congressional reporter Susan Ferrichio’s report on the 37-minute floor speech by Rep. Charles Rangel, R-N.Y., is a must read. It’s bad enough that Rangel remains so defiant, but his hubris is appalling — see this less than cogent defense:

“Don’t leave me swinging in the wind until November,” Rangel said at the conclusion of his speech. “If this is an emergency to help our local and state governments out, what about me?”

Incredibly, following Rangel’s rant, some members of Congress told Ferrichio they are still willing to defend him:

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said he does not think Rangel is being treated fairly and that even though he advised Rangel not to take to the floor and give the speech, it was a good think in the end.

“The message I hope everyone got out of it is that this can happen to them,” Cleaver said.

I addressed the Rangel double standard at length last week. Let’s just take one of the many charges against Rangel: “Last year, the Sunlight Foundation claimed to have documented 28 instances in which ‘Rangel omitted assets worth between $239,026 and $831,000 that were either purchased, sold, or held from his financial disclosures.’”

That could happen to you? You could — oopsie! — simply fail to declare assets worth over $200,000, and do it 28 times?

I advise you to try that when you file your taxes. When the IRS comes to arrest you, give the armed federal agents a 37-minute stemwinder where you say, “Forget about the law, what about me?” Let’s see where that gets you.

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