Charles Rangel


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Born in Harlem, New York in June 1930, Charles Rangel is a Democratic congressman who represents the 15th Congressional District of New York, located in upper Manhattan. He has served in the House of Representatives since 1971.

Rangel, who is black, has a long history of levying charges of racism against his political and ideological adversaries. For example, when the Republican-led Congress pushed for tax relief in 1994, Rangel denounced the plan as a form of modern-day racism. “It’s not ‘spic’ or ‘nigger’ anymore,” he raged. “[Instead,] they say, ‘Let’s cut taxes.’”

Similarly, when Republicans sought to reform a bloated and abused welfare system through budget cuts, Rangel remonstrated that the planned reforms were beneath even the standards of Nazi Germany: “Hitler wasn’t even talking about doing these things,” he insisted.

Racism is likewise Rangel’s chosen explanation for the disproportionate number of blacks arrested for breaking drug laws, which he has condemned as “racist.” …

In February 2005 Rangel proclaimed that it was inappropriate for Americans to characterize groups like Hezbollah as “Islamic terrorists.” “To call it Islamic terror is discriminating, it’s bigoted, it is not the right thing to say,” Rangel stated.

Rangel is an avowed admirer of the former Cuban President Fidel Castro. In April 1993, the congressman introduced legislation to repeal the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, which ended U.S. assistance to the Castro government, and to lift the American embargo against Cuba. When Castro toured Harlem in October of 1995, Rangel greeted him with a bear hug at an event in a local church, where the congressman joined in a prolonged standing ovation for the visiting dictator….

In January 2007 Rangel became chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the U.S. tax code….

In September 2008 the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into Rangel’s failure to report $75,000 in rental income which he had earned from his beach property in the Dominican Republic. Moreover, Rangel owed back taxes for at least three years, and he was illegally renting four rent-subsidized apartments in New York City — at less than half of their market value – while claiming his Washington, DC home as his primary residence for tax purposes…. In August 2009, Newsmax.com reported that Rangel had “failed to report at least $500,000 in assets on his 2007 Congressional disclosure form.” …

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