Speaker Nancy E. Pelosi, D-Calif., should remove Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The post requires Rangel to be above reproach, and he has not met that high standard. Rangel admitted that he owes the IRS as much as $5,000 for failing to report income from a beachfront villa he owns in the Dominican Republic. He will end up owing New York state and New York City another $5,000 or so. This is the guy who plays a powerful role in deciding the winners and losers in every new tax law approved by Congress. He ought to at least inspire confidence among taxpayers that he's living up to regulations that he imposes on others. Rangel said his mistake was unintentional. He said he tried to get the correct financial information from the resort's managers, who collect the rent. But he was stymied by a language barrier — they speak Spanish. Rangel's excuse is muy imperfecto.
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