Here's where we are now. A committee, grandiosely labeled a "Super Congress" will essentially decide whether and how much we'll cut and whether and how much we'll tax. They must trim 1.5 trillion dollars. There will be six of these supermen and superwomen. Half will be Republicans and half will be Democrats. Half will be Senators and half will be Congressmen and women. They will be chosen by the leadership in both houses. The Republican Senators will be chosen by President McConnell (oops Minority Leader Senator McConnell). The Democratic Senators will be chosen by Minority Leader (I keep making these mistakes, I mean Majority Leader) Senator Reid. The Republican House members will be chosen by Speaker Cantor (there I go again, I mean Speaker Boehner) and the Democratic House members will be chosen by the appropriately named Minority Leader Pelosi. The recommendations of this committee of Übermenschen are not open to amendment or change. They can be accepted or rejected. If they are rejected, there will be an across the board budget cut (but no increase in taxes) that no one can stop. The committee is to make its recommendations in November and the vote is to come right before Christmas so as to maximize holiday cheer and good fellowship. < snip > Am I alone in thinking that this subverts the whole point of representative government? To paraphrase a maxim that I think had something to do with the founding of our country, isn't this taxation (and budgeting) without representation? That our elected officials abrogated this responsibility voluntarily does not make this any better, I don't think. CONTINUE . . . I thought for sure someone here would notice this "super congress" thing and start a thread about it, so I waited, and I waited. Guess everyone was just to distracted playing the leftie vs rightie game (as usual) and crunching all the numbers to notice it. So what do you all think about it now that it has been brought to your attention? Is this important? How is it going to effect us?