Regarding Charley Rangel's issues with the House Ethics Committee: I think Charley is a great example of how terribly difficult it is avoid temptation as an elected official. There are many many ways to personally profit from public service, and the more power we give our elected officials, the more incentive we give special interests to buy them off.
I read this weekend that Charley has four rental controlled New York apartments. If this is true, this is disgraceful. For one thing, Charley can afford to pay rent. For another, he's hogging living space that other more needy people could be using. But finally, how could he possible think this would get past the smell test?
He should be ashamed of himself.
Is there anyone here in Thomland who is familiar with rent-stabilized apartments in New York? Could Charley face criminal charges for this? At the least, I would hope the landlords will sue Charley for their monetary damages.