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Ouch, Charlie! The real problem behind Rep Rangel’s ethics scandal…

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Posted on August 7 2010 6:00 pm

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Although I’ve seen my fair share of memes, the “Charlie bit me!” has always been one of my favorites. Two little British kids having an over-the-top fight for all of us to watch? 216-million views — yes, that’s right, 216 MILLION — says that I’m not the only one who showed it to my friends. I think only Tom has that many friends. In the video, Charlie’s brother pokes and prods at him until eventually Charlie, much to everyone’s surprise, indeed bites him. Suddenly his brother realizes he’s gotten more than he asks for and screams for help.

In a way, Rep. Charlie Rangel did the same thing to us with his recent ethics scandal. It was almost as if Rangel was poking and prodding us, just asking us to finally tell him that he really couldn’t do all of the things he was doing. I’m not going to focus on the various housing scandals he’s caught up in because I don’t think anyone other than the most truly politically unaware are surprised that a long-serving Congressman might have hoarded some benefits for himself. What I want to focus on is Rangel’s involvement with the City College of New York and the center they were naming after him.

Let’s be clear here: the real problem with this whole scandal is not anything that Charlie Rangel has done. I’m not joking, I really don’t see that as the problem. I really could not care less about the fact that Rangel used official Congressional letterhead to try and raise funds for a center being named in his honor. In fact, I will go a step further here and say that I think he actually should’ve been able to use such letterhead! He is a sitting Congressman and has the right to represent himself as such and by bringing the process out in the open so that Rangel and others don’t try to hide their actions, it would make it easier for everyone else to see where their loyalties lie.

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