No Surprise: Lobbyists Rule the Deficit “Supercommittee”

In the “everything old is new again” category, USA Today reports:

Sixty-six former aides to lawmakers serving on a congressional panel charged with finding ways to slash the federal deficit have represented powerful defense and health care industries that face colossal cuts in government spending, a new analysis shows.

Meanwhile, as the article also points out:

As the 12-member panel weighs how to cut at least $1.2 trillion from the deficit over 10 years, “it’s not clear who’s advocating for the citizens’ interests.”

It is past high time for us all to realize that Washington will never “reform” itself, cut its own budget, or otherwise deprive itself of the good life it enjoys at our expense.

We the people need to emulate those who have successfully risen up in revolt against their rulers and Just Say No.

If you think the country can’t possibly survive on a budget less than $3,700,000,000,000, click here for example for “How to Cut the 2011 Federal Budget by 2/3 and Have a $1.3 Trillion Surplus.”

Mary L. G. Theroux is Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute. Having received her A.B. in economics from Stanford University, she is Managing Director of Lightning Ventures, L.P., a San Francisco Bay Area investment firm, former Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Salvation Army of both San Francisco and Alameda County, and Vice President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California.
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