The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired for a laboriously testy long time by (“leave of absence-er”) Charles Rangel (D/NY), was yesterday announced to be “temporarily chaired” by the likes of surfin-with-Barney Pete Stark (D/CA) while Rangel did what Rangel is doing or not doing, whatever.
Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) will take the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee as Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) will step-aside, as was announced today by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the Democratic Caucus on Thursday morning, sources in attendance said.
But, not to be outdone, the Left, the Democrats, want the American public to know that Levin-In and Stark-Out while Rangel-resets-whatever is because it works for them politically: Stark’s a weight, Levin’s not, or so the story goes:
Aides familiar with the panel’s huddles Wednesday said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.), both Ways and Means members, made the case to Stark that he would be an inviting target for Republicans and a distraction for politically endangered Democrats if he assumed control.
In other words, quality isn’t the concern but who buoys the Democrats most is.
Meanwhile, Charles Rangel, on his “leave of absence” (by the way, what does that even mean — he’s either a voting member of the Committee or he isn’t, except, apparently, in the Fantasy Land that is the Pelosi House Swamp), has changed his cell phone ringtone from a “Hard Out Here For a Pimp” to whatever else that doesn’t broadcast his ‘pimp-ness‘, though I haven’t heard whether or not he’s discarded the pimp suits and publicly-funded Cadillac-pimp-mobile with driver.
These are the people who determine and write our tax laws.
So it really isn’t about service to the American voters, it’s all about jamming for Socialism, and the House Committees (Ways and Means, Banking, Finance, etc.) along with the helpful but needy stooge in the White House with his recurring visitor are what they’re using to do so. Nancy Pelosi and her spiders. Perhaps more like Nancy Pelosi and her gobs floating together in that dank, swampy barrel they call Leftwing.
Here’s how the Democratic agenda will likely play out on several important fronts:
The Ways and Means Committee, “the most powerful committee in the House,” has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.