Hey, remember all that talk about the “super-committee” that was going to handle the dirty work of deficit cutting? The one that would make the hard decisions about the budget, to figure out how best to bring down both the annual budget deficit and the ever-rising federal debt?
Twelve members. Three each picked by the leadership of each party in each House. All committed to putting the issue of the deficit and the debt above all else.
Representative James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, was one of the three hand-picked by House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi. And mere days after getting the appointment, before the Super-Duper Committee has even convened, has announced that he has his own agenda for the committee: “reducing the wealth gap.”
Now, conservatives have their own way of doing this: by trying to get the government out of the way so people can seek their own fortune. Liberals have their way: redistribution. The way most rich people get rich must be by taking from others, by taking more than their “fair share,” so it is only just that some of that be taken from them. And then, once the government and all its associated noble servants have taken their cut, it is given to the poor — who are constantly reminded just who is giving them this free stuff, and who better be kept in power if they want to keep getting free stuff.
Personally, I always liked Churchill’s quote:
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. (Damn, did the man have a quote for everything?)
Which has absolutely jack shit to do with the official, stated purpose of this “super-committee,” the creation of which was the compromise solution to avoiding the risk of default, the collapse of the US economy, total chaos, dogs and cats living together, and the heartbreak of psoriasis.
This would be the perfect time for John Boehner to demand that Pelosi yank Clyburn off the Super Duper Committee and replace him with someone who can at least pretend to be interested in the official purpose of the committee, and can keep their goddamned mouth shut about their own social engineering goals for at least a week.
With Clyburn’s own words, we have proof that at least one Democrat has no intention of living up to their commitment with the agreement. And if Pelosi leaves him there, then there is rock-solid proof that the Democrats never had the slightest intention of living up to their end of the bargain, and the whole deal should be scrapped.
Hat tip: Darleen Click