Oh the headlines sound like it is such a huge consequence.... in violation of 11 ethics charges, so far The House ethics committee voted to censure Rep. Charles Rangel D-NY.
They go on about how censure is one step short of expulsion.
Seriously? He loses no voting privileges, no pay cut, and so far, I've not read about any fines.
The guy failed to pay income taxes on his Dominican Republic villa for 17 YEARS.
Censure is a hand slap.
If you or I failed to pay taxes for 17 years, $10,000 in taxes... we'd be in jail, and also hit with back taxes, fines, fees & hefty penalties to boot.
By contrast, former Rep. James Traficant, who was expelled after a felony conviction, didn't pay taxes for just two years.
The House does not have to accept the advice of the Ethics Committee.
So please, don't bullshit us, trumping up this extreme punishment by censure story.