Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) yesterday claimed at a Congressional Black Caucus event:
Collective bargaining is something that is so close to slavery in terms of abolishing it, that it is not an American concept to tell people that they cannot discuss their economic position.
Rangel is apparently oblivious to other forms of servitude, like paying your taxes while he doesn’t pay his, and then have to listen to him express indignation when he is caught.
Its even worse for ordinary citizens who don’t pay theirs and get thrown in prison while the Public Integrity section of the Justice Department methodically closes criminal investigations of members of Congress of both parties. It is not known if Justice or the IRS even opened an investigation of Rangel’s tax evasion as we requested after we exposed it. Because Rangel admitted to it, it would not be a particularly hard case to prosecute, but so far nothing.