Across the INTERNETS ideological spectrum, left to right and inbetween are abuzz with chatter about an alarming report in the Huffington Post by crack reporter (with the perfect surname) Ryan Grim:
Most bloggers (myself included) agree this "chilling" scheme is most likely unconstitutional. One called it a Soviet-style "politburo" while the Daily Kos properly termed it "diabolical." I call it a CONSPIRACY FARCE: When two people scheme together (McConnell and Reid) it's a CONSPIRACY; when a third joins in (Boehner) it's a FARCE."Debt ceiling negotiators think they've hit on a solution to address the debt ceiling impasse and the public's unwillingness to let go of benefits such as Medicare and Social Security that have been earned over a lifetime of work: Create a new Congress.
This "Super Congress," composed of members of both chambers and both parties, isn't mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, but would be granted extraordinary new powers. Under a plan put forth by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his counterpart Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), legislation to lift the debt ceiling would be accompanied by the creation of a 12-member panel made up of 12 lawmakers -- six from each chamber and six from each party.
Legislation approved by the Super Congress — which some on Capitol Hill are calling the "super committee" — would then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it couldn't be amended by simple, regular lawmakers, who'd have the ability only to cast an up or down vote. With the weight of both leaderships behind it, a product originated by the Super Congress would have a strong chance of moving through the little Congress and quickly becoming law. A Super Congress would be less accountable than the system that exists today, and would find it easier to strip the public of popular benefits. Negotiators are currently considering cutting the mortgage deduction and tax credits for retirement savings, for instance, extremely popular policies that would be difficult to slice up using the traditional legislative process.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has made a Super Congress a central part of his last-minute proposal, multiple news reports and people familiar with his plan say...Obama has shown himself to be a fan of the commission approach to cutting social programs and entitlements."
EMPHASIS MINE. The Prince DID NOT HAVE TO MENTION A "SUPER CONGRESS." IT'S ALL THERE: "the so-called Gang of Six should be expanded to represent all the — both the — all the House's members and the Senate's members and reach a conclusion as quickly as possible.""So it's very important for the U.S. Congress, represented by the Senate and the House of Representatives, and by President Obama, to come close together and to finish it — to finish an agreement as soon as possible. And frankly speaking, the so-called Gang of Six should be expanded to represent all the — both the — all the House's members and the Senate's members and reach a conclusion as quickly as possible."
IT'S ALL THERE: FROM A "SO-CALLED GANG OF SIX" TO, EFFECTIVELY, A GANG OF TWELVE REPRESENTING BOTH CHAMBERS, ANSWERABLE NOT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT TO THE TRIUMVIRATE OF McCONNELL-REID-BOEHNER, TO RAM THROUGH THE GUTTING OF ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS THAT PRINCE ALWALEED DECREED "ARE GOING TO HAVE TO HAPPEN," WITH A SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE.
Buh-Bye AMERICAN DEMOCRACY; Buh-Bye REPUBLIC; Buh-Bye CONSTITUTION ... WE HARDLY KNEW YE ...