Does Pelosi support Rangel’s tax hike, or doesn’t she? Update: Previous Pelosi airbrush added

posted at 2:28 pm on October 30, 2007 by Bryan

The House Speaker has been caught revising and extending her remarks offering support for Rep. Charles Rangel’s big tax hike.

Following the unveiling of arguably the most politically explosive domestic policy bill of the 110th Congress last Thursday, Pelosi seemed to wholeheartedly support the tax overhaul authored by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel.

“I certainly support his plan,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said to the assembled reporters.

But when the transcript of the briefing came out, words were inserted — highlighted by brackets — clarifying that she supported his goal, if not his specific proposals.

The final transcript read: “I certainly support his plan [to begin tax reform.]”

The distinction is an important one. Rangel was immediately criticized by the GOP as he announced his highly controversial tax plan and Republicans started trying to tie the plan to Pelosi and the Democratic leadership.

The change makes it clear that the House’s Democratic leader is supporting only the concept of changing tax laws, not every one of Rangel’s proposed changes, which would raise taxes for people with higher incomes and cut them for those with lower incomes.

The change didn’t take. Stories in The Associated Press and Congressional Quarterly (CQ) ran the initial quote.

The Federal News Service and LexisNexis transcripts don’t include the change. The CQ transcript, which notes at the top, “AS RELEASED BY REP. PELOSI’S OFFICE,” does include the after-the-fact change in brackets.

Republicans criticized the change, but irritated Pelosi aides said too much is being made of an innocent change that was not intended to deceive.

“It is clear she didn’t say it, but we put in there, in brackets, to clarify her intent,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said in an e-mail exchange. “She personally supports Rangel’s plan/bill to begin tax reform, but Congress will work its will.”

Um-hm. Rangel’s plan includes a big tax hike on anyone making over $150k; Pelosi says (after the fact) that she favors one starting at the $500k level. Either way you look at that, it’s a tax hike on “the rich,” which has been a staple of Democrat policy for decades.

Maybe she meant to say “I certainly support his plan [to spin up class warfare and redistribute wealth. We can quibble about the details later.]” It would have been accurate.

Here’s the NRCC’s take on Rangel’s frightful plan.

Update: Scott emails to remind me that this isn’t the first time Pelosi has been nabbed revising and extending, or in this case, deleting her remarks after they’ve been caught on tape.

In March of this year, Pelosi delivered this speech.

At about 7:30 in she says that the Iraq war is a totally separate war from the war on terrorism.

“The war in Iraq is a separate war from the war on terror. It is a separate war.”

But in the version of the speech that she has posted on her web site, those lines have been redacted. Oddly enough, she has posted the video and her remark is there. It’s just not in the transcript.

Maybe she ad-libbed and thought better of what she’d said later. Maybe it was a Kinsleyan gaffe, in which a politician says what they actually think and then cover it up or excuse it later. Whatever the explanation, it doesn’t say much good about her honesty.


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Rangel was, is and always will be a prize winning idiot.

jeanie on October 30, 2007 at 2:32 PM

“It is clear she didn’t say it, but we put in there, in brackets, to clarify her intent,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said in an e-mail exchange. “She personally supports Rangel’s plan/bill to begin tax reform, but Congress will work its will.”

Typical. I wouldn’t reccommend Bela Pelosi for a mop job.

Mike Honcho on October 30, 2007 at 2:34 PM

There she is, all wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. Just looking at her pic makes me want to blink. Gotta be some kind of reflexive thingie – like watchin’ someone else yawn.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 30, 2007 at 2:34 PM

P.S. Socialists yapping about “tax reform.”

You just can’t make this stuff up.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 30, 2007 at 2:35 PM

Doesn’t the HOuse have to agree to member revising and extending remarks?

JiangxiDad on October 30, 2007 at 2:36 PM

Rangel and Pelosi would both fit in perfectly in Maryland, where Gov. O’Malley has the same ideas.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 30, 2007 at 2:36 PM

Would it be possible to pass an amendment that to run for office one must have a passable score on an IQ test?
Oh, wait, such a law would have to get voted on by the present group of geniuses…..

bbz123 on October 30, 2007 at 2:56 PM

One thing that gets forgotten by the press is that this tax increase is based on 4% of Gross Income NOT Taxable Income. This would kill any remaining small farms that are not operating as a corporation.

indianaconservative on October 30, 2007 at 3:01 PM

I’m for a nitwit tax.

Every time a politician spews out incoherent babble folowed by more incoherent babble in attempting to define the true meaning of the original incoherent babble they should be taxed $1000.

We should be able to pay off the National Debt by the end of the next year.

fogw on October 30, 2007 at 3:04 PM

I’m for a pork tax.

Each congressman is taxed 1% of the pork spending the support.

CommentGuy on October 30, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Revising and extending remarks to a group reporters in her production of the transcript? Wow, I realize she believes she can live in her own little Fairness Doctrine world, but does she realize she’s saying her address is Happy Acres Sanitorium?

Dusty on October 30, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Rangel was, is and always will be a prize winning idiot.

Heh.

The most frightening thing is he’s the most dangerous kind of idiot. One with power.

BacaDog on October 30, 2007 at 3:28 PM

Look, Rangel supports Hillary for President. The only reason he came out with his plan is so Hillary’s plans would seem like a moderate compromise. Old trick.

Connie on October 30, 2007 at 3:34 PM

Sorry, couldn’t listen to Pelosi.

I value my ears too much.

Zach on October 30, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Zach on October 30, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Palomino!

KelliD on October 30, 2007 at 4:14 PM

Here is how we solve the ‘Congress Problem’….
Public service, live in a barracks, eat at a mess hall, minimum wage, 30 days paid vacation, monthly audit of every Congressman’s/Senator’s bank accounts and holdings. At the end of their term they get their photo in a year book, an a Federal gag order with a 20 year term.

Limerick on October 30, 2007 at 6:36 PM

Tax reform to a democrat is the same as tax increases. If y’all thought senor Boosh was spending like drunken sailors, the democrats will be like drunken whores ho’s.

SouthernGent on October 30, 2007 at 6:41 PM

Shes a traitor, simple as that.

Viper1 on October 30, 2007 at 6:45 PM

Rangel was, is and always will be a prize winning idiot.

I only wish this was so. Don’t let the ass-clown act fool you. He is pure, calculated evil. Look at some of the terrible (unforgivable, in fact) things that he says, things that are subsequently “excused” as “oh, I was just talking”, “come on, I didn’t mean that”. Watch him on H&C, where he is a frequent guest. Sean lets him squirm away from everything, and then brings him back again and again. This guy should be given ZERO face time, and should be forced to eat EVERY poisonous word he says, whether it appears to be “in jest” or not. Because it’s not.

bofh on October 30, 2007 at 8:36 PM