Even though there was some stiff competition this week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel wins this week’s coveted DBoTW Award. While we don’t normally reward someone for their long-term douchebaggery, Rangel’s douchey behavior over the years only came to light recently and, frankly, he deserves it.
To quote a Rangel confidant from when he was bumped out of a speaking slot at the DNC, “It’s crazy. … This man [Rangel] controls tax policy in the United States. He’s a lot bigger than just a regular member of Congress. He deserves more respect than this.”
While that’s a slight overstatement of Rangel’s power, he does have major influence over the tax laws of this country…he just doesn’t follow them.
It has come to light that Rangel has been hiding money, er, forgetting to declare income, for 20 years. Add to that the fact that he purchased the villa with a no-interest loan he claims he had no knowledge of (Rangel is a lawyer. Do you really believe he signed a contract without reading it or seeking the best terms possible? Well, he got them!) and a picture of corruption starts to emerge. This comes as a shock to no one who has even a basic knowledge of how Charlie works and has followed his career, except his constituents who keep sending him back to Washington.
And why wouldn’t they keep sending him back? He shows them as much respect as possible by using tax dollars, our money, to lease a Cadillac $774 per month and actually said when asked why not get something cheaper, “I could probably find something for … one of those red cars and then I think my constituents would say, ‘With all the money that he gets, this is the respect he shows us?‘”
Somebody needs to buy Charlie a dictionary so he can look up the word respect.
But it turns out that Charlie does own a car, several cars, in fact. He’s been illegally parking one of them in the House parking garage for years (though reports say he had it towed the day this story broke), violating both House rules and the tax code yet again! Mel Brooks had it wrong when he said, “It’s good to be the king!” He should have said, “It’s good to be the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.” Well, we hope not for much longer.
The New York Times, LA Times, Buffalo News, and countless other news outlets have called for Rangel to step down while the myriad of ethical probes look into what Charlie knew and when Charlie knew it, but he has refused. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, herself a past winner of the DBoTW Award, is standing by her douchebag, so far. Time will tell what Charlie’s fate will be, but, according to Democrat VP nominee Joe Biden, he’s not much of a patriot!
Mr. Chairman, for all these reasons, and more, you are by far and away the Douchebag of this week! Congratulation!