I hate to say “I told you so,” but this was so predictable as to make anyone who couldn’t see it coming incompetent to comment on national issues.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) on Wednesday left the door open to allowing some revenue to be raised as part of the final package produced by the deficit-cutting supercommittee of which he is a member.
“I don’t want to get into the hypotheticals yet,” Upton said when he was asked by Western Michigan University Public Radio WMUK whether he would agree to a 10-to-1 ratio of spending cuts to revenue raisers. “[W]e are going to be looking at this with a lot of debate. I don’t want to put something to the side.”
“I want more revenue in that we help the economy move forward,” Upton added. “[W]e will have to number crunch this stuff as we go and try to make a decision.”
But wait…I thought “revenue increases” (read: taxing productive Americans into oblivion) were off the table according to Boehner during the entire debt ceiling debate. Oh yeah, Boehner’s ability to take things off the table was stripped from him by the creation of the Super Congress that he himself voted for!
Upton also left open the possibility of pushing some of the more drastic cuts back on the timeline as the economy remains shaky.
Hmm….What might those “more drastic” cuts include? Defunding Planned Parenthood maybe? Public TV/Radio? ACORN in whatever new name(s) they’re currently hiding behind? The Endowment For The Arts?
My prediction is that those things will be labeled as so insignificant that the Super Congress wouldn’t be addressing them under any circumstances, shaky economy or not, and that Upton and his weak-spined Republican cohorts on the committee will be “pushing back the timeline” for reforming or cutting MedicAid, MediCare, Social Security, Dept. of Education, EPA and all the alphabets that are the only legitimate source of overspending that even hold the potential for reducing the deficit. How far will they be pushed back? 2013? 2015? 2025? 2100? Actually,none of those, because history tells us that government never cuts actual spending, but rather applies miniature Band-Aids to the problem by appearing to cut the growth of programs, which also never really happens as those cuts in growth rates are eaten up by inflation and other intentional government-imposed or government-sanctioned manipulations of the dollar.
“You really are not bound by a short-term number,” said Upton referring to the mandate of the supercommittee. “You are bound only by the ten-year number.”
As a Super Congress member, you’re not bound by anything there Freddie old boy. You’re not bound to act like a jellyfish on any issue, whether having to do with the economy, gun control, abortion, civil rights, expanding the Patriot Act, establishing jurisdictional limits on the courts, illegal immigration, Hell, conceivably, the Super Congress could even propose a Declaration of War that could limit the time of debate on the House Floor and preclude any offers of amendment to the committee’s original language that would limit or otherwise clarify Congress’ intentions as the President carries out and enforces the declaration. And then, if the full House actually showed some spine and voted down that Declaration of War, guess where mandatory draconian cuts would take place? In the same Defense Dept. that would’ve prosecuted that war to begin with! NOTHING is out of bounds of this committee!
The debt-ceiling deal signed into law earlier in the month establishes the bipartisan, bicameral supercommittee of 12 legislators. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) selected Upton and two others for the panel.
Think Boehner is regretting his appointment of Upton now? Of course not! Boehner is an establishment, status-quo politician, not a principled, conservative constitutional originalist. He is free now from the bonds of accountability as Speaker since he has no authority over the Super Congress. That’s why it’s called the Super Congress! He doesn’t care if taxes get raised, as long as he can blame it on the Super Congress and absolve himself from the betrayal his awake and aware constituents will most assuredly feel the sting of.
And who are the awake and aware constituencies in this country? They sure as Hell aren’t the ones voting election after election for the establishment-entrenched incumbents. They sure as Hell aren’t the ones trying to stifle the voices of free Americans with support for legislation like McCain/Feingold or The Patriot Act. They sure aren’t the supporters of daily TSA abuses across this country. By and large, the only conservative constituency to maintain a strong backbone in the last 2+ years have been the Tea Party, or at least people and organizations who share their mindset on important issues, and that sure as Hell ain’t politicians like John “Jellyfish” Boehner.
The committee is charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit-reduction measures.
The Super Congress is charged with doing whatever the Hell it wants to do, while giving cover to those like Boehner who don’t have the spine to stand on principle or the promises and assurances they made to get elected.