By Douglas V. Gibbs
Charlie Rangel committed tax indiscretions, but there seems to be absolutely zero accountability for actions. What he did is downright illegal, and in the real world he would have been arrested. But as a Democrat politician, there is seriously a question on whether or not he should lose his gavel as leader of the House Ways and Means Committee.
If he was a Republican, he would have not only lost his leadership role of the committee, but he would have been driven out of politics.
Rangel then blamed it all on his staff, rather than take responsibility for his actions, and then said, "members of congress should not be held responsible for actions of their staff."
And this guy calls himself a leader? Be it a leader serving his constituency, or the leader of a Ways and Means Committee, he is hardly acting like a leader. As a leader he is responsible to know what goes on in his office, and as a leader it is up to him to take the heat for the actions of underlings. If he can't handle that, he shouldn't be a leader.
Thing is, he lied, anyway. His actions were his own, and the fact that he is laying the blame on others is an insult to the American People that put him in office.
Just imagine for a moment if he was one of those "fat cat bankers," or an insurance executive. Do you think the Democrats would have accepted Rangel's excuse?
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary