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  •  Strongly disagree that the Super Congress (5+ / 0-)

    will be deadlocked. All it will take is ONE Blue Dog itching to whack Social Security and Medicare to "compromise" with 6 Republicans itching to do the same, and voila! Mission Accomplished! "BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE" to gut the New Deal.

    It appears Republican leadership and Obama are angling to ensure that Social Safety Net gutters will be appointed, and many are eagerly lining up to do so - and not only because it provides them the 'drown govt in a bathtub' opportunity of a generation, but because they will be richly rewarded by Wall Street, whose lobbyists are already lining to have a say in the committee appointments.

    Remember, it will just take SIX Republicans and ONE sell-out Blue Dog to get their bill through the Committee, and Obama will ensure that several Blue Dogs of the most odious sort get appointed, aka, Kent Conrad of his Catfood Commission I, who thought the rightwing recommendations of that Commission didn't go far enough in whacking entitlements. These are the kind of  people Obama is no doubt pressuring Harry Reid to appoint - thus the comment today from Reid that the "Dem" members will be "flexible", i.e., precompromised sell outs to Wall Street.

    Furthermore, Obama and the Republican leadership have structured this Super Catfood Commission so that whatever Satan Sandwich comes out of it is likely to pass Congress. Remember too, Obama will put enormous pressure on any Dem holdouts to pass this Shit Sandwich as the Christmas gift of the century to his Wall Street benefactors, and the way the Committee is rigged will provide them the cover they need to do so. See Russ Feingold's column -

    Social Security's Biggest Threat: The Debt Deal Super Committee

    This week's deal to raise the debt ceiling should remove any doubt about the power corporate interests have over our government. The deal, hammered out by the president and Republican congressional leaders, places the burden of reducing our long-term budget problems squarely on average Americans, while the wealthiest individuals and corporations are given a free pass.

    But the deal poses a larger threat. A provision in the agreement creates an appointed "Super Committee" in Congress that could circumvent normal rules and slash cherished programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
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    In short, unless congressional leaders appoint progressives willing to stand up to moneyed interests, the Super Committee will be nothing less than a chopping block for Social Security.

    Here's how it would work: assuming all 6 Republican appointees support Social Security cuts, it would only take one Democratic appointee to include them in the committee's final recommendation. Once cuts to Social Security are included in that final Super Committee bill, the Senate's 47 Republicans would need just four Democrats to produce the majority needed to pass them, and unfortunately finding those four Democrats probably is not all that difficult.

    Now is NOT the time to be complacent or making jokes about the supposedly lame Super Congress, which is very undemocratic and a grave threat to the New Deal and the future of working Americans.

    "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
    Platform of the "New" Neoliberal Democratic Party
    Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

    by Sanctimonious on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 07:53:22 PM PDT

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