I stayed away from the news yesterday, to get some errands and chores done around the house. I had enough excitement from Friday to last me a while, what with the dueling press conferences by Boehner and Obama.
Insomnia is keeping me awake this morning, so I decide to check to see if there are any developments on the debt ceiling fight…………..and Houston, we have a problem. The leaders of Congress have gone off the deep end, and are proposing something so off the wall, I can hardly believe it. (I am having a hard time keeping my language clear of swear words, suffice it to say, that I am so mad I am spitting nails.)
The are proposing something called a Super Congress, made up of 12 elected leaders, 6 from each chamber – House and Senate – with half from each party.
This is out-and-out maneuvering around the people and I doubt we would ever have a chance to contribute to the debate, even less comment on the decisions of our elected officials.
From the Huffington Post, here is an excerpt (and you can read the full article here http://goo.gl/RTqTr):
“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.
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”
Why on earth are they trying to change the Constitution? In order to avoid doing the job they were sent to Washington DC to do?
Time to write my Congressman, Senators, and everyone else association with this cowardly actions.
Friends, fasten your seat-belts-the ride is definately going to get bumpier!