Monday, July 25, 2011

Beware The "Super Congress"

The way our government is supposed to work

HuffPo posted an article that reveals a plan for a Super Congress - yet another unConstitutional idea from the folks in Washington:
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.

Honestly - The creation of a 12 person elitist panel of lawmakers is absurd and is just meant to fast track more awful legislation through the Washington meat grinder.
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. A picture of Boehner's proposal began to come into focus Saturday evening: The debt ceiling would be raised for a short-term period and coupled with an equal dollar figure of cuts, somewhere in the vicinity of a trillion dollars over ten years. A second increase in the debt ceiling would be tied to the creation of a Super Congress that would be required to find a minimum amount of spending cuts. Because the elevated panel would need at least one Democratic vote, its plan would presumably include at least some revenue, though if it's anything like the deals on the table today, it would likely be heavily slanted toward spending cuts. Or, as Obama said of the deal he was offering Republicans before Boehner walked out, "If it was unbalanced, it was unbalanced in the direction of not enough revenue."

These people (Boehner, McConnell, Reid, Pelosi and Obama) and are not to be trusted - and this proposal is dangerous. It appears that these so-called "leaders" are working against our best interests as a nation, the quite against their oaths of office. A so-called "Super Congress" would be a new legislative body - and quite Unconstitutional.

This idea borders on treason.. and is reminiscent of the Politburo:
In reality, the Politburo was a self-perpetuating body that served as the executive branch of the Soviet Union, and its decisions de facto had the force of law (aka - making "policies"). It oversaw the operations of the Committee and made all major policy decisions, which it then passed down through the Central Committee, the Supreme Soviet and the Party Congress. Its control extended from the Party and into government because Party personnel held all key government posts and party discipline therefore ensured that Politburo policy was implemented by all government organizations. One of the few known instances of the Central Committee overruling the Presidium (as the Politburo was known) was the defeat of the so-called Anti-Party Group in 1957.

The Examiner wrote this:
This proposal and attempt to rob the American people of their Constitutional representation is a desperate attempt by members of Congress to supersede the legislative process, and force an unwanted plan into being. Just as many Congressmen reported in 2008 that the Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson threatened them with potential martial law if a bank bailout wasn't passed using taxpayer money, so to is this a blatant attempt to circumvent the American system to pass a plan most Congressmen and representatives, as well as the American people, do not want.

...It isn't shocking that an establishment Republican such as Mitch McConnell has proposed creating an 'elite' Super Congress to force unwanted legislation down the throats of the American people, but what is of concern is the fact that many members of Congress seem unwilling at all costs to cut spending at a time when out national debt has reached unprecedented levels, and when the national debt is higher than the total economic annual GDP of our nation.

Should this new Super Congress proposal be allowed to reach implementation, then the government will have set the precedent that the American people no longer have Constitutional representation, and our government will have morphed into a Soviet style 'polit bureau', where a select few will make decisions for the people and for the country.

America - please contact these people in Washington and tell them to knock it off!

We don't need an elitist panel dubbed the "Super Congress"
We need ALL of our legislators to do their freaking job and to honor their oath of office!!