Charlie Rangel, Legendary Tax Cheat, Lectures Mitt Romney On Paying Taxes

rangelbeachhome.jpg
This is Congressman Charlie Rangel relaxing at the rental property he owns (but doesn't pay taxes on) in the Dominican Republic. Hello, Pot -- meet kettle.

Say what you will about Mitt Romney's dopey comments that 47-percent of Americans are basically free-loading schlubs, but the last person -- literally, the absolute last person -- who should ever chime in on the issue is legendary tax cheat/New York Congressman Charlie Rangel.

But guess who chimed in on Romney's comments -- legendary tax cheat/New York Congressman Charlie Rangel.

Under the headline "Rangel to Romney: Americans Pay Their Fair Share Of Taxes, Unlike You," Rangel -- again, a Congressionally censured tax cheat -- says the following:


"Nothing can be further from the truth than Gov. Romney's ridiculous remarks that nearly half of American people do not pay federal income taxes, they pay other federal and state taxes. The 47 percent figure cited by the Republican presidential candidate covers only the federal  income tax and ignores the fact that people may pay a higher percentage of their income on a wide variety of taxes.

Everyone pays taxes. Lower income persons pay state and local, property, excise and sales taxes. In fact, when all federal, state, and local taxes are taken into account, the bottom fifth of households pays about 16 percent of their incomes in taxes, on average. The second-poorest fifth pays about 21 percent. This is higher than what the Governor has paid in income taxes. He has absolutely no moral authority to accuse nearly half of the American people of being irresponsible and freeloaders.

Many of his millionaire and billionaire friends -- approximately 55,000 -- are paying lower taxes than millions of middle-class Americans. In fact, in 2009, 1,500 millionaires managed to pay no federal income taxes on their millions. Before he judges other people about paying federal income taxes, Gov. Romney should come clean about the tax returns he's hiding from voters."

potkettle.jpg
Shhh! Nobody tell the racism police at Gawker that I used this image -- wouldn't want to get little Maxi Read's panties in a wad.

This, of course, is the same Charlie Rangel who failed to report $75,000 in income he'd received from a three-bedroom, three-bathroom rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic. At the time, Rangel owed back taxes on the property for at least three years.

This is also the same Charlie Rangel who took a "homestead" tax break on the home he owns in Washington D.C. for several years. Problem is, Rangel simultaneously occupied multiple rent-controlled apartments in New York City.

And lest we forget the time he (ahem) forgot to include the sale of a D.C. home on his annual financial reports; the "discrepancies" in the reported value of a home he owned in Florida (anywhere between $50,000 to $500,000, depending on who you ask); or the inconsistencies in his reporting of his investment funds.

Then, of course, there's the Congressional parking space that Rangel used to store his Mercedes Benz (for free) for years. Fairly small potatoes when you look at the other ways Rangel's avoided paying taxes over the years, but under IRS rules, Congressional parking spaces are considered imputed income, and therefore can be taxed. Rangel, however, never paid a dime.

Rangel's creative tax filings have earned him repeated (dis)honors as one of the most corrupt lawmakers in Washington, which is no easy feat -- being one of the biggest liars in Washington is roughly as competitive as being the biggest drug addict at a Phish concert.

Perhaps a better headline for Rangel's scolding of Romney would have been "Rangel to Romney: Hello, Pot -- Meet Kettle."


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
35 comments
Fool
Fool

After he got caught he created FATCA to screw everyone who has oversea accounts.

ThucydidesTried
ThucydidesTried

@FigDrewton Ughhh! What ass clowns! And why do they keep talking about sales tax...Romney wasn't referring to anything but Fed Inc Tax?

yourlearner
yourlearner

@villagevoice Who the hell keeps re-electing this creep?

huntml
huntml

@gregpalmer True, but (1) everything Rangel said is true (2) at lst we KNOW how much of a cheat he is (3) prob'ly small potatoes c/2 Rmoney

mylestanzer
mylestanzer

@joecoscarelli @max_read right above the kicker that was already in an image embedded half way that he didn't make or credit.

max_read
max_read

@joecoscarelli that dude is just firing on all cylinders. really bringin his a-game

maura
maura

@max_read @joecoscarelli “maxi” read. so clever, this guy.

steven_thrasher
steven_thrasher

@max_read @joecoscarelli I haven't read who "that dude" is, but I can only imagine it's my favorite writer you're talking about?

randlechris
randlechris

@maura @max_read @joecoscarelli if you weren't so drearily PC you might have noticed that "little Maxi" is a sophisticated literary paradox

max_read
max_read

@steven_thrasher @joecoscarelli the One and Only

randlechris
randlechris

@maura @max_read @joecoscarelli speaking of knots, has anyone seen James King's brow while he's trying to comprehend an abstract concept

maura
maura

@max_read @randlechris @joecoscarelli well thank god the white dudes are pouring into that office to hold shit down

randlechris
randlechris

@maura well SOMEbody's feminine undergarments are in a knot. a wad...of panties. the girls will be sorry they laughed at blogger James King

max_read
max_read

@maura @randlechris @joecoscarelli it's a joke with multiple valences

maura
maura

@randlechris @max_read @joecoscarelli I just thought it was a grade school period joke. CAUSE I’M A CHICK.

maura
maura

@max_read @steven_thrasher @joecoscarelli gotta say I feel pretty free on that particular making-fun front #mynameismydogsname

Now Trending

New York Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...