Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, JW Thomas (R-CA), is probably the most powerful member of the House in the more traditional conservative mold. If he's a religious nut or racist, he's fooled me.
On questions of tactics, he is the man to beat.
His statement on Social Security is very revealing. Social Security is "unmaintainable" based on "current financing." Does it strike anyone else as odd that the only culprit is financing?
Ranking Member Charles Rangel (D-NY) asks for the one thing that has nothing to do with solvency, private accounts, off the table, so the real issue can be addressed. Excellent.