THE WESTERNER Sez:
Congress. What Congress? These folks haven't passed a budget in two years, delegate their law-making authority to bureaucrats and have let the President wage war without a Congressional declaration.
And now this Select Committee with twelve members, six from each party. This is nothing but political theatrics to try to convince the voters they are really doing something.
However, I'll be the first to say this committee will lower spending...by the lobbyists. Instead of having to lobby 535 members they can now limit their efforts to the select 12. But these 12 will know how to handle it, because between them they've received $3 million in contributions over the last 5 years: $1 million from the health care industry, $700,000 from defense contractors, $600,000 from agribusiness and $580,000 from the labor unions according to the AP.
They are supposed to deliver their recommendations by Thanksgiving and Congress must vote on them by Christmas.
So don't be expecting a Silent Night.
They'll all be wanting to play Santa Claus, but not for you or me or anyone else seeking fiscal sanity.
Our Christmas stockings will be as bare as the federal treasury.