It was clear from the inception of the deficit reduction Super Committee that it was designed for the purpose of cutting entitlements, especially Social Security benefits. The Super Committee proposal was given the same protection from a filibuster as debate on a reconciliation bill, but the Super Committee proposal is not subject to the same Byrd Rule (PDF) that prevents the Senate from using reconciliation to fast track Social Security cuts. The procedural rules governing the Super Committee couldn’t have been more purposely designed to make cutting Social Security as easy as procedurally possible. So the latest report confirming that the members of the Super Committee are actively trying to cut your Social Security benefits isn’t surprising. …
Walker goes on to tell us what we already know, that the proposal was offered in the Super Committee by Democrats, and that Republicans are rejecting it (only) because other parts of their proposal contain tax increases on the wealthy.
So congressional Republicans do not represent us, and congressional Democrats… well, they don’t represent us, either. We should have known this was coming.
Maybe it’s time to vote the whole bloody lot of ’em out!