‘Super Congress’? How is this legal?

11 thoughts on “‘Super Congress’? How is this legal?”

  1. All these cockamamy schemes have either been thought up by or approved by the leadership of both parties because (I think) all they are interested in doing is avoiding being politically attached to any concrete position.

    They don’t have the intelligence (or economic education) to realize the consequences of either raising, or not raising the debt ceiling, so they’re punting in hopes none of the consequences of their perceived action or inaction will keep them from being replaced. I think the leadership of both parties should be replaced.

    I know I’m biased, but facts are facts… Ron Paul has it right again.

    1. Paul may or may not understand economics any better than anyone else, but he’s every bit as rigid and uncompromising as the current negotiators. That makes him part of the problem, not part of the solution.

      1. Compromising the advocacy of a principle is no virtue. When “The Solution” is immoral, unconstitutional and illogical – that solution is the problem.

  2. Fareed Zakaria gave a nice breakdown of changes to the rules organizing American politics over the past few decades that he believes are behind the heightened level of polarization in Washington

    He added that “It’s depressing, but the fact that our politics are the result of these structural shifts means they can be changed.” I agree.

    1. Zakaria is probably my favorite political analyst. He always seems calm, logical, and very well informed. (Either that, or he sells a very tasty Kool-Aid.)

      1. Two books by Zakaria, “The Post American World” and “The Future Of Freedom” have permanent places on my book shelf.

  3. “George Bush elevated the presidency to something above the law and above the Constitution”

    The guy left office in 2008. At some point you are going to have to come to the realization that he no longer calls the shots. This move by McConnell and Reid has nothing to do with him and your mentioning of him has ruined your entire article that was otherwise informative.

    1. You are absolutely right. I failed miserably to say what I wanted to say. What I should have said was: First we got a Super Presidency (which no one is trying to correct). Now we’re getting a Super Congress. Whatever happened to the Constitution? I’m not blaming anyone in particular; I’m blaming everyone in Washington. Nobody should be pointing to or blaming previous administrations for anything. You can’t change the past; you can only deal with the here-and-now.

... and that's my two cents