Congressman Charles Rangel and Vice President are having a spitting contest:
WASHINGTON – Rep. Charles Rangel yesterday blasted Dick Cheney as a “son of a bitch” after the vice president said the Harlem lawmaker would raise taxes and destroy the economy if Democrats take control of the House.
The bitter war of words escalated to the point where the bombastic Rangel even questioned whether the tightly wound Cheney needed professional treatment – and mocked him for accidentally shooting his hunting buddy ealier this year.
Cheney fired the first shot when he predicted that Rangel – who is poised to chair the powerful House Ways and Means Committee if the Democrats seize the House next week – wouldn’t continue “a single one” of President Bush’s tax cuts.
“I think that would be bad for the economy,” Cheney said on CNBC News. “I don’t know if the stock market would like it.”
He then got in a major hit, saying on the Fox News Channel, “Charlie doesn’t understand how the economy works.”
I sincerely wish that rather than taking partisan sides on this more people were arguing the merits. I suspect they’re both right.
After looking at Mr. Rangel’s official biography, I see nothing that suggests that he understands “how the economy works”. As best as I can tell the last time he worked in the private sector was more than 40 years ago. A lot has changed since then. Has he ever taken an economics course?
As for Mr. Cheney I have no doubt that he’s an SOB. Over the years I’ve known a half dozen or so CEO’s of Fortune 1000 companies. All were SOB’s, frequently charming ones.
I think that Cheney’s point is the more important and really should receive serious consideration. I’ve made the point before that we need a lot more people in Washington who are something other than lawyers or government workers of one type or another.