- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In his latest U.S. House floor bombast, Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York has demonstrated that he is concerned only for himself, not the future of his party or its president (“Defiant Rangel states case,” Politics, Wednesday).

Mr. Rangel used his 37-minute floor speech to touch on ethical lapses for which he offers faint regret, but he remains defiant, refusing to do the honorable thing and resign after spending 40 years of his life in the House.

Mr. Rangel’s actions serve to say, “If I am going down, all of you are going down with me.” He simply does not get it. He is the poster child for arrogance and a perfect argument for term limits.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously promised to “drain the swamp” and reinstate ethics in Congress. She did not, however, tell us what she would do if the swamp creatures failed to take the hint when the hooks came out.


OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.