Washington DC/Washington Post - Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, third in line for the Presidency, made light of Rep. Charles Rangel's recent tax avoidance problems. "This is not an ethical problem," she pronounced," this is a racial problem brought on by the Bush administration's continued efforts to complicate understanding of our laws by minorities!"
A Pelosi aide said she was still smarting from the defeat of her bill to recognize "Ebonics" as a second language, along with Spanish to clarify things for her constituents
Rangel is the ranking member on the House Ways and Means Committee, responsible for structuring this nation's tax codes, and has refused to step down while mounting ethical questions regarding his personal finances are resolved.
The nineteen (19) term Congressman from NY has admitted not accounting for at least $75,000 in rental income from a Dominican beach house he bought with funds from a NY supporter and developer.
In an effort at conciliation, and as a token to keep his powerful job, Charlie has hired a top Accountant to balance his personal checkbook, as well as to review his tax records for the past 20 years. By going back that far the popular Congressman has assured Pelosi and other concerned Democrats, that no startling revelations will be forthcoming anytime soon.
Republicans have been using Rangel as an example for the US to adopt term limit legislation. Surprisingly, Rangle has agreed. "I think 20 terms should be enough for any Politician, if they can't afford to retire by then, they SHOULD BE booted out!"