The Super Committee

Congressional leaders have appointed the “Super Committee” tasked by the debt reduction deal to recommend spending cuts and bring the federal budget under control.  There have been other such committees, of course, whose recommendations have been ignored, but this one has some clout:  Its recommendations will be voted on with an up or down vote–rather than death by a thousand amendments–and if they get voted down, automatic cuts click in.

What do you know of these folks?  Do you think they can solve the debt problem?

Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas;

Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan;

Rep. Fred Upton, also from Michigan;

Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio;

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington

Sen. Max Baucus of Montana

Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina

Rep. Xavier Becerra of California

Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland

via Deficit ‘super committee’ reflects party leadership – latimes.com.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Cincinnatus

    I think Patrick Toomey is the only name on that list who might actually make viable suggestions to cut spending.

  • Cincinnatus

    I think Patrick Toomey is the only name on that list who might actually make viable suggestions to cut spending.

  • DonS

    Pelosi deliberately made her appointments from the far left “no compromise” wing of her party — at least Clyburn and Becerra. I don’t know much about Van Hollen. Reid’s only reasonable appointment is Baucus — both Kerry and Murray are lightweight idealogues. On the Republican side, I agree with Cincinnatus, though I don’t know much about Hensarling. Kyl is OK. Upton is a worry — he co-sponsored the incandescent light bulb ban and has some other worrisome tax and spend votes in his record.

  • DonS

    Pelosi deliberately made her appointments from the far left “no compromise” wing of her party — at least Clyburn and Becerra. I don’t know much about Van Hollen. Reid’s only reasonable appointment is Baucus — both Kerry and Murray are lightweight idealogues. On the Republican side, I agree with Cincinnatus, though I don’t know much about Hensarling. Kyl is OK. Upton is a worry — he co-sponsored the incandescent light bulb ban and has some other worrisome tax and spend votes in his record.

  • Lou

    I’m not familiar with all of the members, but it appears that the committee is nearly free from Tea Party poison. Toomey was not himself a tea party member, but he is somewhat sympathetic to aspects of their platform. We shall see. I am hopeful.

  • Lou

    I’m not familiar with all of the members, but it appears that the committee is nearly free from Tea Party poison. Toomey was not himself a tea party member, but he is somewhat sympathetic to aspects of their platform. We shall see. I am hopeful.


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