The Wall Street Journal has an outstanding editorial piece detailing how corrupt the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is, and how he overlooked at least a half-million in assets on his 2007 financial disclosure form. Not to be outdone by overlooking his own massive investment portfolio, he also failed to pay property taxes and has been abusing four rent-control apartments in Lenox Terrace. If the people that write our laws cannot be bothered to follow the laws, how can we be subject to those same laws?
The crimes here are compounded by the fact that as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Rangel is the top tax-writer in the US government. More than anyone else in the Congress (and probably the entire government), he has a clear idea of tax law and its requirements. He cannot – although he may try – claim ignorance on these things. That dog just won’t hunt.
Instead, we must reflect up on Lord Acton’s alleged observation that “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. I believe that Congress has grown so fundamentally corrupt, that it no longer serves us but expects us to serve it. They pass laws they do not even read, and which they do not even understand, yet continue to hold us accountable to those same laws even as they ignore them. Elections are nothing more than a rubber-stamping of a permanent ruling class. We are no longer have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people… but a people of the Congress, by the Congress, and for the Congress.
This is a left, right, conservative, liberal, Democrat, or Republican issue. It’s an American issue. It’s about a significant change in our culture and our civilization.
Two-and-a-half centuries since our revolution, we have traded 1 tyrant for 535 tyrants.