Congress Searches Universe for Grand Unified Theory
Superman, Super bowl, super size, super model.
Put the word super in front of another noun and it supposedly becomes larger than life itself. A marketing gimmick used by everyone from defense contractors to hamburger hucksters, super has become a super cliché.
Now the appellation is used as a modifier to name a congressional committee that we are to believe will go where no committee has gone before, to the far edges of the deficit universe in search of the dark matter of budget reform. The committee and the discoveries and conclusions it returns to the mother ship, will be immune, we’re told, from partisan bickering, from argument, from filibuster and amendment.
The committee of twelve has been stacked with 6 republicans and Max Baucus and its conclusions must be voted up or down by the full congress without further discussion or amendment. It would be lovely to test the constitutionality of this super legal committee in the SCOTUS but more than half of the court’s super annuated members have been super politicized by super PAC super dollars.
This “super committee” is yet another misdirection play, a sleight of hand to distract the public from the fact that the deal has already been done in the boardrooms and executive suites of our self-serving corporations. The marching orders have already been written, the lobby lizards are working the aisles and congress is drooling over the checks that are about to hit their campaign accounts.
Social Security and Medicare will be cut, programs that benefit working people and society as a whole will be slashed, the incomes of the wealthy and the powerful will be carefully protected and corporations will be given still more incentives for jobs which they have no intention of creating. The deficit will be attacked by digging deeper into the pockets of the middle class and allowing the country to devolve further into third world status.
This talk of a “grand bargain” may sound like the congress is searching for some arcane and elegant unified field theory but it’s just a delay to allow time to slather more makeup on the hideous beast they are about to shove on the political stage.
Efforts have been made by Reid and Pelosi to cover up this fait accompli. They’ve appointed a few people who may hold out for raising new revenue by taxing the bloated wealthy a few points and resisting cuts to social safety nets. But the addition of Max Baucus to the six republicans pretty well assures that the GOPTea Party now led by McConnell, Boehner and Cantor will get exactly what they want.
The people, the regular working folks out there, who make the widgets, fry the burgers, drive the trucks, and police the streets, are once again in for a raw deal, because congress’ grand solution, the answer to all political problems is to screw the people.
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