Bill Archer cuts a striking contrast


The curse of Ways and Means Committee chairmen hangs over the House this week.

As with Charles Rangel, the careers of his longtime Democratic predecessors ended with sad and ignominious ousters that weakened the once-powerful committee and ultimately the Democratic majority.

The sins of Dan Rostenkowski and Wilbur Mills, as well as those of Rangel, had little to do with the work of the tax-writing panel, as Ways and Means defenders point out. But in each case, Democratic barons were taken down by sins of venality and the perception of personal entitlement.

All Democrats, interestingly. Reading this made me think: it's a shame that Bill Archer isn't still in charge of the tax committee. He was an excellent chairman.

Posted by Evan @ 07/28/10 11:56 AM


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