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  •  'sham puppet committee' is what we have now (5+ / 0-)

    With Alan Simpson as lead muppet.

    •  so basically (1+ / 0-)
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      BobTrips

      anything that's not a sham puppet committee in your favor is a sham puppet committee in the other side's favor. alrighty then

      •  right - those are the only two options (2+ / 0-)
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        o the umanity, JesseCW

        sure.

        thanks for debating in good faith.

        An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

        by mightymouse on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 07:46:10 AM PDT

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      •  We're in power. (3+ / 0-)
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        o the umanity, JesseCW, DrTerwilliker

        Howzabout we fucking act like it?

        If the Republicans were to call an Obama-appointed committee a "sham puppet committee", guess what?

        That's too bad. We won the election(s).

        At any rate, ANY committee that's assigned to the task of deficit reduction at this point in time, with the economy the way it is, is by definition a "sham puppet committee" because "the deficit as an OMGWTF!!!! problem that must be tackled, like, YESTERDAY" is a total "sham puppet" issue.

        But even if we accept it as a legitimate, non-Fox News-generated issue, overlooking the 663.8 billion pound gorilla in the room (defense spending) in favor of making cuts to a program which is fiscally solvent (social security) means that the committee will have turned ITSELF into a "sham puppet committee" by going with a politically biased answer to a straightforward question that doesn't need to be answered at this time.

        Regards,
        Corporate Dog

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        We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

        by Corporate Dog on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 07:50:24 AM PDT

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      •  Okay, Admirable (2+ / 0-)
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        o the umanity, JesseCW

        Then I would have settled for a FAIR Commission. How about that?

        •  44% Republican, 56% Democrat... (0+ / 0-)

          How large would the Democratic majority have to be before you would consider it FAIR?

          Obama quote count - "Hold my feet to the fire" (3) - "Help me work for a better America" (137) --- [Phony numbers, real message]

          by BobTrips on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 09:17:03 AM PDT

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          •  Okay (0+ / 0-)

            How about the commission being a reflection of Congress; or if we had to, how abvout a 50/50 split with real Democrats and not DINOs like Baucus and Conrad?

            •  Congress - (0+ / 0-)

              57% Democrats and 41% Republicans in the Senate.

              58% Democrats and 41% Republicans in the House.

              The Commission 56% and 44%.  

              A very slight advantage to the Republican side on a commission which will do nothing but issue a report full of recommendations.

              Senator Max Baucus, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

              Senator Kent Conrad, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee.

              Seems like one would want the most relevant committee heads in the talks....

              "They were overwhelmed by the learned ignorance, the accepted say-so of the times." Teale

              by BobTrips on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 04:31:55 PM PDT

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