Originally posted by AThousandYoung
It's like they're admitting that they are incompetent to do the job they were elected to do.
That's exactly why the committee was created. And frankly I'm glad Congress has the guts to admit as much, if only implicitly.
Watching Meet the Press
this morning, I heard a couple of interesting observations (and speculations) about the super-committee. First was Alan Greenspan's lamentation that the great irony of this situation is that this super-committee will most likely propose something along the lines of the recommendations the Bowles-Simpson committee made last year. The second was Rachel Maddow's comment (I haven't heard this from any other sources, yet) that the Republican leadership has apparently already commanded any potential appointments to the committee that they are under no circumstances whatsoever to consider any sort of tax revenue increases in the final deal. Granted, I wouldn't be surprised if the Democratic leadership is pressuring its potential nominees to take similar hardline stances on entitlement spending, but considering that Obama has encouraged consideration of entitlement reform in recent weeks, I anticipate that once again, Democrats will compromise more to the right than will Republicans to the left.
As far as I understand the guidelines, the committee's proposals are recommended with a simple majority; I personally wonder whether the compromise bill should have specified a supermajority threshhold to increase the chances of passage through all branches and subbranches of government.