You know, most people who failed to pay taxes for 17 years would spend some time in Federal prison.
As the House of Representatives began debating censuring Charles Rangel there was still much in the balance.However, a vote was called and passed, and as the Post reported:
The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 333-79 to censure Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) for violations of tax and fundraising rules, the first time in nearly 30 years that the House has considered such a severe punishment for one of its own.
The historic proceedings began shortly after 4 p.m., with the House chamber nearly full. The first speaker was Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House ethics committtee, which investigated Rangel and recommended he receive Congress’s second-most severe punishment.
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So, that’s it, Charlie has to stand there for a couple minutes while Pelosi says some words, he has to pay the taxes he owes anyway, and everyone goes on their merry way like nothing happened. That’s supposed to be punishment?
/how do you shame a shameless politician?
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