The Barometer has been covering each painful incident about Representative Charles Rangel as they percolatedÂ out in dribs and drabs.Â Rangel is now in settlement contentions (apparently not talks) with the ethics committeeÂ on his pending ethics charges and hearings.Â Here are some classic quotes from the former chair of the House Ways and Means Committee:
- He has referred to the proceedings as â€œa boil that needs to be lanced.â€ Always the charmer with the right words for the occasion.
- â€œItâ€™s kind of awkward to explain to your kids and grandkids but, hey, Iâ€™m in the kitchen and Iâ€™m not walking out.â€ Yes, and somethingâ€™s boiling.
- â€œNobody in his right mind would be looking forward to something like this in public.Â But frankly I knew one thing, when a person is elected to public office, there is a higher level of honesty and openness and transparency that is on him rather than just the ordinary citizen.â€ Yes, so many of us ordinary citizens get away with not reporting rental income to the IRS. Â The Barometer wishes she had a nickel for every New York City resident who has 4 rent-controlled properties.Â Oh, what times are these when the man who writes the Internal Revenue Code is expected to abide by it. Â Who could live up to the standards this House ethics committee seeks to impose on Mr. Rangel?
 Devlin Barrett and Brody Mullins, â€œDemocrats Press Rangel to Settle,â€ Wall Street Journal, July 24-25, 2010, p. A3.
 David Kocieniewski and Eric Lipton, â€œRangel in Talks on Settlement of Ethics Cases,â€ New York Times, July 24, 2010, p. A1.