It isn’t in the opening paragraph of this article but it’s certainly perplexing. Speaker Pelosi allegedly said “the committee will investigate how the private sector is spending its government funds and press to ensure the federal response is based on science and health experts. The committee will fight against profiteering, political favoritism and price gouging.”

Later in the article, Pelosi is quoted as saying “The committee will be empowered to examine all aspects of the federal response to coronavirus, and to assure that the taxpayers’ dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent to save lives, deliver relief and benefit our economy.” This isn’t how coherent people speak, though it’s significantly more coherent than Joe Biden has sounded in months.

What is Pelosi talking about when she says that this new committee will “ensure the federal response is based on science and health experts”, then say that this committee will be empowered to make sure that “the taxpayers’ dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent to save lives, deliver relief and benefit our economy”? What do scientists and health experts have to do with guaranteeing that the money will “benefit our economy”? That’s like insisting that Dr. Spry or Dean Banaian guarantee that the U of M’s agriculture research budget is spent wisely. They’re both intelligent men but they aren’t qualified to conduct oversight on agriculture projects. Their specialty is economics, not agriculture.

What’s happening is that Pelosi is saying the right-sounding things to make it sound like her oversight committee is legitimate. The longer she talks, though, the less authoritative she sounds. Pelosi won’t admit it but the CARES Act already has an oversight committee built into it. We need Pelosi’s oversight committee like a bank needs Bonnie and Clyde to guard the vault.

Red flag city

It was not immediately clear whom Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California might appoint as the GOP leader of the committee or the extent of the GOP participation of the committee that Pelosi billed as a “special bipartisan oversight panel.”

Speaking on a separate call with reporters, McCarthy voiced concern about the appointment of Clyburn to lead the group, citing reports that he had called the crisis an opportunity to “restructure” things to fit his party‚Äôs vision.

The fact that Pelosi created this oversight committee without talking with McCarthy is a huge red flag if the goal is bipartisanship. Why would you create a bipartisan committee with only partisan input? Red flag du jour? The chairman just spoke of the crisis relief bill as “an opportunity to restructure” the Democrats’ vision for the world. That’s setting off tons of red flags, especially in terms of bipartisanship. This is the opposite of bipartisanship. Does this sound like Pelosi is interested in creating bipartisanship?

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