Saturday, October 15, 2011
Strange bedfellows: Walters and Gingrich oppose supercommittee
Walters: Committee is "secretive and a threat to the democratic process"
Gingrich: "get rid of this secret phony business.”
Under the recent debt deal, a 12-member supercommittee must find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts by Nov. 23. If it fails, automatic cuts will be triggered in defense and domestic spending programs.
This stupid and unconstitutional committee is but another example of the lack of guts displayed by politicians. They hand over their constitutional decision making authority to other because they are afraid to act themselves.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Insane Socialist Democrat - Calif.) wants to kill off the new deficit-cutting supercommittee, which she called secretive and a threat to the democratic process. Waters introduced a bill that would amend the debt-ceiling deal approved in early August by eliminating the bipartisan committee created under the deal to find more deficit cuts reports The Hill newspaper.
Waters’s legislation would kill the committee and eliminate the automatic triggers, but would not undo the debt-limit increase.
“Are you comfortable with 12 people making over a trillion [dollars] in cuts with no input behind [closed doors]?” Waters said about her legislation.
“I am very concerned with the precedent set by this 'supercommittee,' whose establishment threatens our democratic process with its unconstitutional structure,” Waters has said.
Opposition to the committee has come from both sides of the aisle. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), the most vocal opponent of the committee among presidential hopefuls, said the committee was doomed to fail, and criticized its secret nature.
“What they ought to do is scrap the committee right now [and] recognize it is a dumb idea,” Gingrich said at the Fox News/Washington Examiner debate. “Go back to regular legislative business and give every subcommittee the task of finding savings. Do it out in the open through regular legislative order, and get rid of this secret phony business.”
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