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Extreme Mortman: Why The Government Needs A U.S. Department Of Irony

Like most Americans, we’ve been actively following the latest Charlie Rangel news as presented on Instapundit (an update even today).

So imagine our keen interest to see Time magazine’s list of Top Ten Outrageous Earmarks of 2008 (via the wonderful Daniel Kurtzman at Political Humor) — and this gem listed at number 2:

$1.9 million for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service: It’s been dubbed the “Monument to Me” — a planned $30 million academic center supported by longtime New York Rep. Charles Rangel and named, not so surprisingly, for Rep. Charles Rangel. The Harlem Democrat raised hackles after securing a $1.9 million earmark for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York. When a more junior colleague objected to the idea of lawmakers sponsoring things bearing their own names, the 78-year-old Congressman responded “I would have a problem if you did it, because I don’t think that you’ve been around long enough….” Rangel ruffled more feathers by reportedly soliciting donations for the center from companies with business before the powerful Ways and Means Committee — which he chairs. He also stands accused of working to preserve a tax shelter for an oil drilling company whose chief executive pledged $1 million to the center; Rangel says his support for the legislation had nothing to do with the company or its executive’s pledge. It hasn’t helped Rangel’s case that he’s been caught up in a number of ethical and legal tangles in recent months, including his failure to report $75,000 in rental income from a villa in the Dominican Republican, alleged violations of New York regulations on rent-stabilized apartments, and reports of inappropriately taking a tax break on a home in Washington, D.C. Rangel has acknowledged some oversights but insisted he’s “done nothing morally wrong,” and welcomed a House ethics investigation that’s expected to wrap up early in 2009. But it seems his patience for scrutiny into the subject has a limit: pressed by a reporter on his fundraising tactics for the academic center, Rangel responded, “I really think you’re being annoying now.”

Extreme Mortman: We knew about the Center. Now we sit back and watch it get famous.

Charlie Rangel Center  from New York Post