Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Obama's Supercommittee Super-Opaque

So much for that promise of government transparency:
The supercommittee has become supersecret about most of what it’s doing.
On Tuesday, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) encapsulated the attitude of the members of the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee: “I don’t want to discuss what we discussed.”
As 12 lawmakers tackle the historic task of slashing at least $1.2 trillion from the nation’s deficit, they have spent lots of time behind closed doors, speaking almost nothing of their proceedings while leaving behind little more than a trail of sandwich wrappers and unanswered questions.
It’s a remarkable show of secrecy after an election year that ushered in nearly 90 new Republicans who rejected the idea that sweeping legislation would be authored outside the public view.
Tuesday was the second straight closed-door day for the supercommittee...
Slower than an Obama stump speech. Unable to skip through turgid legislation in a single bound. Look, behind those closed doors--it's a bird, it's a plane, it's...JOHN KERRY'S SUPERCOMMITTEE!

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