'Subtle" has never been an adjective used to describe Charles Rangel. The outspoken Democrat from New York has historically expressed his rather candid opinions on a number of issues - usually at several decibels higher than everyone else.When the Democrats assumed control of the Congress and Rangel assumed the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, he immediately began throwing out a series of sound bites about the need for Tax Code reform and the repeal of the alternative minimum tax.

Last month, he unveiled the Tax Reduction and Reform Act of 2007, the "mother of all tax reforms," as he labeled it, a $1 trillion plan that targets the repeal of the AMT, while raising taxes in a number of other areas. As with any plan that is followed by 12 zeroes, it's a lot to digest, and has been both hailed and assaulted by Capitol Hill observers. One wag described it as having "some roses, some thorns and a lot of manure."

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