The Washington ruling-class live in their own little world. It was less than a year ago that the arrogant and crooked Congressman, Charlie Rangel, was formally censured after the House Ethics Committee brought him up on 13 charges related unpaid taxes on a villa he owned in the Dominican Republic, undisclosed financial assets and the improper use of his office for fundraising.
Fast forward to the present. The Washington elite feel that their subjects have forgotten this little matter, so it’s time for Speaker Bohner to speak at a ceremony to honor the crooked Congressman with a $64,000 portrait.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will speak at a ceremony to unveil Rangel’s official portrait as chairman of the storied committee, which the longtime New York Democrat led from 2007 until March 2010, when party leaders pressured him to give up the post amid a growing ethics scandal.
In December, the House voted overwhelmingly, 333-79, to censure Rangel over rules violations that stemmed from unpaid taxes on a villa he owned in the Dominican Republic, undisclosed financial assets and the improper use of his office for fundraising.
The portrait itself was the subject of controversy. Just nine months into his term as chairman, Rangel asked the Federal Election Commission for permission to use campaign funds to pay for the portrait, which his lawyer said would cost more than $64,000.
When pressed about the pricey picture, Rangel joked to reporters at the time that he would have preferred a mural.
With unemployment climbing, economic growth stagnant, and Washington leadership spending our money like mad, we can always count on good old Charlie Rangel to “keep it real”.