Specifically, those who write tax laws should ensure that they do not cheat on their taxes. The Economist takes on Charlie Rangel:
Mr Rangel owns a villa in the Dominican Republic, but forgot to report or pay taxes on $75,000 of rental income from it. He occupies four rent-controlled apartments in New York, courtesy of a developer. When disclosing his assets to Congress, he appears to have omitted roughly half of them, including an account with at least $250,000 in it. The New York Times, which is seldom in the vanguard of witch-hunts against Democrats, has already urged him to resign his chairmanship. So, in blunter language, did many of the tens of thousands of “tea party” protesters who flocked to Washington on September 12th to complain about big government. Some chanted “Boot Rangel!” A typical placard showed Mr Rangel and Tim Geithner, the treasury secretary, who also neglected to pay some of his taxes, with the slogan: “The best tax advisers I’ve ever had”.
No Republican Ways and Means chairman would be allowed to keep his/her gavel if he/she were faced with this set of charges. Why is Charlie Rangel allowed to keep his gavel?