Originally posted by subluxate
at Super Committee
The Super Committee, aka Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, is due to deliver its plan to cut $1.5 trillion from the budget over the next decade. This is due tomorrow, 11/23.
If it is not delivered, automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion are triggered. These cuts are taken from both defense and non-defense programs. There is no veto; there is no vote; the twelve legislators on the Super Committee are the sole ones responsible for these cuts happening or not happening.
No matter your political affiliation, you should be aware of this.
You should be questioning the constitutionality of twelve legislators--twelve, out of five hundred and thirty-five--having such responsibility.
You should be questioning the constitutionality of a law that permits a committee of twelve legislators to write a law that simply gets a yes or no vote. No debate. No amendments. No filibusters. Yes or no.
You should be questioning the constitutionality of a law that permits a committee of twelve legislators to potentially implement new taxes.
You should be questioning the constitutionality of a law that permits twelve legislators to bypass the entire legislative process.
You should be questioning the constitutionality of a law that requires consensus or implements sweeping cuts in the midst of a major recession, cuts that will affect jobs and spending and public assistance in a time that those things would help the economy.
You should be questioning all this. You should be questioning every single lawmaker who is responsible for the Budget Control Act passed in August. You should be questioning their knowledge of the country's history. You should be questioning their knowledge of the Constitution.
This isn't a 99% issue. This isn't a class issue. This isn't a party issue. This is an issue of what's legal under the central legal document, the very legal foundation of the country. This is an issue of legal processes being entirely bypassed because our lawmakers did not take care of the debt ceiling last December, and had a pissing contest through August, and furthered the tanking of the world economy, and are responsible for great worsening of the United States economy. This is an issue of sheer competence.
Understand: blame is not on any one person. Blame is not on any one party. Blame is diffuse.
There is a lot of questioning to be done.