H.R. 5741; Step Right Up, Charlie Rangel Has Your Chains For You

It just keeps getting better and better.  Here, wait while I pull up the barf bucket for ya.

Universal National Service Act

Summary:
To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.

Rangel Out, Stark In

That silver lining to the storm cloud is becoming more and more evident each and every day as the Obama administration and the democrat controlled Congress flail away trying to keep from being tossed overboard in choppy seas.  They brought this on themselves, and a word to the wise, it is only going to get worse for them as we get closer to November.  Another bright spot?  The flailing shows even more chinks in their armor, and more opportunities to expose their corruption.

The democrat power base is corrupt starting from Pelosi’s “the CIA lied” to Rangel’s tax problems and Caribbean trip reimbursements, to Obama’s stance against reconciliation in 2005 and now for it to allow Obamacare passage through the Congress.  It should be interesting to see what bloggers dig up on Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA).

Pelosi picks fellow Californian to take gavel after Rangel bows out

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has picked liberal firebrand Rep. Pete Stark to replace ousted Chairman Charles Rangel on the tax-writing committee, according to a House leadership aide.

The decision was made during a Wednesday morning leadership meeting following Rangel’s announcement that he would temporarily step aside as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the aide said.

Rangel (N.Y.) had come under growing pressure in the wake of several ethics investigations, and he faced a vote Wednesday on a GOP-backed privileged resolution to force his ouster.

GOP lawmakers said they still intended to go forward with the resolution, saying Rangel’s “temporary” withdrawal as chairman was not good enough.

Before Rangel’s announcement, the resolution appeared to be attracting enough Democratic support to win approval.

In Stark, Pelosi is picking a fellow Californian to head one of the House’s most powerful committees. Stark becomes the sixth House Democratic chairman from the Golden State.

Stark is next in line for the post in seniority, but his maverick personality had led some to question whether he would get the gavel even on a temporary basis.

The 19-term Democrat has a penchant for making controversial remarks. In 2003, Stark challenged then Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) to a fight during a Ways and Means Committee hearing, calling him “a fruitcake.” He also said in 2007 that President George W. Bush was amused by the heads of U.S. soldiers getting blown off. Pelosi condemned the remarks and Stark subsequently apologized on the House floor.

Last summer, Stark called Blue Dog Democrats “brain dead.”

Picking Stark, an atheist, was “not without problems” for leaders and potentially for the caucus, according to a Democratic leadership aide.

But every scenario that involved anything other than a direct passing of the gavel to Stark — in accordance with standing House rules — would have brought the Steering and Policy Committee and very likely the full caucus into the mix, potentially for votes for and against certain members. This was exactly the situation that House leaders wanted to avoid heading into Wednesday, aides indicated.

I found this video from August, 2008 to be rather interesting:

The national debt is an indication of the wealth of the country. The more we owe, the wealthier we are.

AYFKM? Most Ethical Congress Evah?!

AYFKM? Most Ethical Congress Evah?!

Are You Liking The New Direction?

I am no longer shocked by the shinola that comes out of Nancy’s mouth, but this does fall under the Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me? Award category.  I think Nancy and Bambi are neck in neck for the amount of AYFKM? awards.

It may well be possible that she is making this statement right now because much of what has happened over the last year has been behind closed and locked doors.  What does she know that we don’t?  Don’t answer that; I just ate.

Pelosi Says She’s Running ‘Most Ethical’ Congress Ever, But Won’t Ask Rangel to Resign Chairmanship—For Now

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted on Friday that she is running the most ethical and honest Congress in history. At the same time, however, she indicated she will not ask House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D.-N.Y.) to resign his chairmanship—at least for now.

Rangel was admonished this week by the ethics committee for taking corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean.

Pelosi noted that the ethics committee is looking into other issues involving Rangel, and made it clear that she was interested in seeing the outcome of these investigations soon.

The committee, for example, is looking at Rangel’s failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets that should have been listed on his congressional financial disclosure reports.

“Obviously, they have other issues to deal with,” Pelosi said at her Friday press briefing. “But I thank them for taking this action. I hope that they will have other action soon. But they did not take action against him. They just said he did not willfully break the rules. But we’ll just see what happens next, what comes out of the committee next.”

When a reporter prefaced a question about Rangel by noting that Pelosi had promised to run the “most ethical and honest Congress in history” she interrupted him to say: “And we are.”

If you really need to see the tape of Nancy running her mouth about Charlie, hit the link.  Yeah, thought so.

“Nancy Has Become The Swamp Monster”

Laura Ingraham on Fox & Friends this morning speaking about Nancy Pelosi’s statement three years ago about ‘draining the swamp’, and tax-cheat Charlie Rangel.  Is there any better evidence that Nancy Pelosi is a bald-faced liar?

Rangel Retains Top Post

This should be an AYFKM? Award but I think something stupidier is going to happen today since the political junkies are awaiting a meeting at the WH about Afghanistan in the next 1/2 hour.

Non-rep Charlie Rangel (D-NY), chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee has numerous allegations and on-going investigations against him.

This call for Rangel to step down comes from Rep. John Carter (R-TX) posted on RedState.

The ongoing saga of Charlie Rangel: Why now’s the time he needs to step down

One month, 12 months and 15 months.

That’s how long it has been since we learned of Congressman Charlie Rangel’s (D-NY) most recent failure to disclose financial assets, since the New York Times first called for him to step down as Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, and since the House Ethics Committee began investigating Rangel’s previous violations, respectively.

Yet through all that — despite all the revelations of not disclosing income and not paying taxes — Mr. Rangel still runs the committee that oversees the IRS and enforces the tax laws for all Americans, except for himself.

To allow Mr. Rangel to continue to serve as Chairman is the same as allowing a confessed bank robber to serve as Chairman of the Banking Committee during the trial.

The reputation and integrity of this body has suffered serious damage by the actions of Mr. Rangel, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not lived up to her promise to make this the most honest and ethical House in history.

So last week, I said I would give Mr. Rangel until this week to voluntarily resign the chairmanship of Ways and Means, or I would introduce a Privileged Resolution to force his removal. Mr. Rangel has not stepped down, so I have introduced this resolution.

And Democrats continue to support him. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer already has said he’ll move to block this attempt.

Mr. Rangel’s list of violations continues to grow. You or I would have paid tens of thousands of dollars in interest and penalties had we committed similar tax evasions. Rangel apparently is immune from penalties, which is unethical, but especially unscrupulous when you consider his powerful Chairman position.

This is not the first time I have moved to have Mr. Rangel removed from his chairmanship. I offered a similar Privileged Resolution in February, but Democrats under Speaker Pelosi blocked consideration of the bill.

When the Ethics Committee first began investigating Mr. Rangel on July 31, 2008, Speaker Pelosi publicly stated that the investigation would be complete before the end of 2008. But with the probe now well into its second year, the investigation has already been expanded twice to include new charges of tax and ethics violations by Mr. Rangel.

My hope is that Mr. Rangel’s resignation from his position is just the tip of the iceberg in a real push to make this House more ethical since Speaker Pelosi apparently is unwilling to do so herself.

We all knew this was going to happen during the vote today.

Dems sink GOP effort to take away Rangel’s chairmanship

Democrats thwarted a Republican attempt to dethrone Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) from the top post of the Ways and Means Committee Wednesday afternoon.

In a mostly party-line vote of 243-156 with 19 members voting present, Democrats successfully passed a procedural motion referring the matter to the House Ethics Committee – a move that sank a GOP effort to remove Rangel from the powerful tax-writing panel.

Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (Texas) introduced a resolution that would have forced Rangel to give up the gavel until the ethics committee finishes the investigation into multiple allegations against him.

Carter, a former judge, says the lack of any action by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or the Democratic Caucus has forced the GOP to call on Rangel to relinquish the chairmanship of the House committee that oversees the IRS and the tax code.

Rangel initiated the ethics committee investigation when allegations first surfaced last summer that he failed to report $75,000 worth of rental income on a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic. Since then, other accusations have surfaced and the ethics panel has twice expanded its investigation.

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