It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Super Congress

Now the Super Congress will be laying down the law. A modern-day posse of Wyatt Earps, six Republicans and six Democrats from both chambers, who will be toting butcher knives instead of six-guns.
Now that Congress had agreed on a general framework to raise the debt ceiling, the federal government will cap spending levels by about $1 trillion over 10 years and delegate the responsibility of slashing another $1-$2 trillion to the Super Congress.
And the Dirty Dozen gets to do most of its work behind closed doors. Nice and convenient, huh?
The bipartisan committee has until Nov. 23 to develop a plan that seven members agree to. It then must pass through both the House and the Senate by Christmas.
Both chambers can pass with just a simple majority. No filibustering, and no amending allowed. Which means all of them will be home by Christmas Eve to put cookies out for Santa.
Of course, Republicans and Democrats are lucky these days if they can agree on what time of day it is. Not surprisingly, since they live in different time zones. The Republicans live in 1840 and the Democrats live in 2011.
If the Super Congress fails to find an agreement, there’s a backup plan: Under the new law, Congress has set a series of “triggers” that will automatically reduce spending levels across the board if the group cannot get the job done.
If the negotiations fall through, billions in cuts to both discretionary spending and the defense budget will automatically kick in, giving neither party a say about the details.
Maybe that’s the best option for all of us lime-green with nausea over all this bickering and rhetoric.

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