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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Sander M. Levin
Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS tea party targeting scandal, retired from the agency Monday morning after an internal investigation found she was guilty of "neglect of duties" and was going to call for her ouster, according to congressional staff.
Don't confuse us with the facts. The congressional Democrats insist that left-wing groups suffered just as much IRS abuse as Tea Party groups did, but this attempt to deflect blame for the political corruption at the tax agency away from the Obama administration is hard work.
Adding to the growing sense on Capitol Hill that tax reform is dead for now, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means committee said Tuesday that he is "not confident" that Congress will reshape the federal tax code this year.
In a display of election-year bravado, the House approved a short-term $46 billion tax cut on Thursday that would affect virtually every business in America but faces near-certain rejection by Senate Democrats.
The top Democrat on the House's key trade panel said Monday that Colombia must take more steps to improve the workplace environment for unions before he will support a stalled pact with the Latin American country.
Republicans should stop "holding hostage" a beneficial free-trade agreement with South Korea they are using as a bargaining tool to pass other trade deals with Colombia and Panama, a top House Democrat said Tuesday.
The House Democratic Caucus on Thursday picked its leaders for five committees for the 112th Congress, which will convene in January with the party in the House minority for the first time in four years.
The House on Wednesday fired a warning shot at China by passing a bill with strong bipartisan support that would raise tariffs on Chinese imports if the Asian giant keeps an artificial lid on its currency.
The fallout from the ethical troubles of Rep. Charles B. Rangel continued Thursday as his successor chairman on the Ways and Means Committee stepped down just a day after becoming acting chairman.
"I don't understand why you are doing this Mr. Chairman," Mr. Levin said in a prepared statement he was unable to deliver. "You have hand selected information that you believe proves your case from the about 700,000 documents provided during this investigation. You have given Members 24 hours to look at it. And, you have not provided them the necessary authority to look at any other documents, beyond what is included in the notebooks, so that members could reach a conclusion on their own."
"The question is this: whether this House will also act or will it leave town and leave America's job seekers in the lurch," said Rep. Sander M. Levin, Michigan Democrat. "I have no doubt we will do the right thing and act."