Daily Archives: August 11th, 2011

Who bankrolls the Super Congress?

Reps. Jim Clyburn, Chris Van Hollen and Xavier Becerra

For a refresher, Who bankrolls the Super Congress? | iWatch News gives information (to be updated) on each of the new members, including their “PAC contributions from special interests; the revolving door of staff in and out of the private sector; the lawmakers’ own PACs that dole out donations to favored people running for office; and past earmarks.”

Why they were chosen and what they will in fact do to or for the American people involves another waiting game. But … how, as an entire group of public servants, they can see fit to take a five-week vacation at a time like this, with our nation’s critical need for their undivided attention and cooperation is indicative, I think, of the devotion we can expect from them to helping the American people. I do not find their appointments comforting, especially those with unabashed ties to those corporate “forces” so obviously working against us, such as but certainly not limited to the Koch brothers.

The National Journal reminds us that “House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made it clear from the beginning that no Republican on the panel would vote in favor of tax increases of any kind, and their nominees reinforce that: Kyl, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, and Camp, Hensarling and Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan. A former president of the anti-tax Club for Growth, Toomey, in particular, is a signal of the GOP’s unwillingness to bend on taxes.”

In contrast, “In a letter being sent to each of the super committee members Thursday, the conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition is urging panelists to seek a centrist path.

“As you prepare for your post on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, we urge you to work with your colleagues to achieve a balanced, bipartisan solution that will control our nation’s debt and ensure that the United States remains the leader in the world economy,” the Blue Dogs write in a draft obtained by POLITICO. “As policymakers, we have a clear choice in front of us: pursue a partisan approach that caters to the political extremes, or work together as Americans to put our nation’s fiscal house in order. Therefore, we urge you to put politics aside and work across party lines to develop a fair and feasible path to fixing our long-term debt.”

Here’s what Bernie Sanders had to say about the committee before members’ names were revealed:

And here’s why – this sort of horse pucky: