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Reid Picks Partisans For ‘Super Committee’

From a warmly approving New York Times:

Murray Is Chosen as a Leader of Deficit Panel

August 9, 2011

WASHINGTON — Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, will be co-chairwoman of a powerful new Congressional committee that is supposed to recommend at least $1.5 trillion of additional deficit-reduction measures, the Senate majority leader announced Tuesday.

The leader, Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, also appointed two other Democratic senators, Max Baucus of Montana and John Kerry of Massachusetts, to the panel.

Mr. Baucus is chairman of the Finance Committee, which has authority over Medicare, Medicaid and taxes — three prime areas of attention for the new 12-member panel, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Mr. Kerry, the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 2004, is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

And, of course, Mr. Kerry recently blamed S&P’s credit downgrade on the Tea Party.

Mrs. Murray, who won a tough re-election race last year, is a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee. Her selection raised eyebrows among Republicans because she is also chairwoman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

In that role, Mrs. Murray recently attacked Republican candidates, saying they wanted to turn Medicare “into a voucher program run by for-profit insurance companies in order to pay for more giveaways to oil companies and the very rich.”

Mr. Reid said Mrs. Murray, a senator since 1993, had deep knowledge of budget issues and had shown an ability to “work across party lines.”

And who can doubt that Ms. Murray and her two Democrat cohorts will reach across the aisle to compromise on these vital issues? They are almost as famous for putting country before party as Mr. Reid himself.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, called on Mr. Reid to withdraw Mrs. Murray’s name.

“The select committee is no place for someone whose top priority is fund-raising and politics,” Mr. Priebus said

How naïve Mr. Priebus is. As far as the Democrats are concerned, that is all this committee is about.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Reid Picks Partisans For ‘Super Committee’”

  1. JohnMG says:

    If the Republicans have a lick of sense they will pick the most right-focused members to serve as a counterweight to these left-wing hacks, and then forget about doing anything at all.

    This Super-Committee is designed as theatre, and a distraction from Obama’s failed tenure in the White House. It is designed to give the MBM an issue with which to continually hammer the Republicans right up to the 2012 elections, and to divert attention from jobs, economy, taxes, foreign policy, healthcare and myriad other failures of the Obama reign of terror.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Agreed, and they should have backup plans ready to pass as an alternative to the automatic cuts unless they want to be blamed for Medicare and Defense cuts.

      They won’t do any of this though. Instead they’ll sit there in fear on their thumbs and react to everyone else’s perception of them but their own voting base.

  2. proreason says:

    At least they didn’t appoint the Swimmer.

  3. BigOil says:

    To be fair to all the Democrats in the Senate, they have only one fake moderate in Ben Nelson, and the rest are all left wing hacks. Reid may as well have played pin the tail on the jackass as his selection process.

    • JohnMG says:

      Nelson doesn’t have time to serve on that committee……he’s too busy still counting the Cornhusker Kickback.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The thing I object to most strongly is that the work of congress, as required by the constitution and pertaining to money issues, has now been relegated to a group of twelve individuals rather than keeping it a larger pool of people. In my cynical mind, it’s easier to pay off six people than it is to pay off a whole bunch more to get a majority vote. So, yes, apparently, the DNC is being fiscally conservative by not having to cut deals with more RINO’s to get the money they want.

    However, to me, this is starkly wrong. It is spelled out nowhere in the “instructions on how to run the nation” (Consitution) that a “group of twelve” will determine the budgeting affairs of this nation. That responsibility belongs to congress, the entire congress and (essentially) nothing but the congress, of course with passage to the senate and executive branches.

    I think it’s manipulation on the worst of levels and smacks of shirking, undermining and gerrymandering of the process. In short, it’s wrong.

    • BigOil says:

      If you want to take cynicism to the next level, you could say the gang of twelve is a step in the right direction. Obamacare was crammed down with a gang of three (Barry, Pelosi, Reid) and so was the Debt Scam (Barry, Boner, Reid). At least now we are up to a dirty dozen.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Hells bells……….why isn’t Mr. Fwanks on this ‘Dime a Dozen’ show horse?
      He is one of the main reasons we are where we are at this moment.
      All I can say now is get ready for the biggest circle jerk this country will have to endure.

      Btw…….love how all this is because of the evil “Tea Party” as per Coward Kerry.

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