Transparent Motives

I’ve been hearing pundits from all corners defend the secrecy of the congressional “super committee” that is meeting to make fast-track recommendations on how to find $1.5 trillion. The reason that these elected representatives have to meet in the dark, they explain, is that otherwise they won’t be willing to buck the party line on raising taxes (from the Republican side) or on cutting entitlements (from the Democratic side). According to this logic, they can’t possibly reach an agreement if the people are watching because they will be too worried about their re-elections to act in good faith.

To which I reply: really?

So we are going to let them meet in secret because they don’t have enough backbone to meet in light of day? Don’t you think that if we can’t trust them to say what they really think in the open, that they are exactly the sort of people we shouldn’t trust behind closed doors?

I don’t claim to be the country’s biggest patriot, but even I am willing to accept the criticism of my peers if I think that speaking my mind will help put my country on a better footing. And if I really believed that I had the chance to do something important for my country at the risk of losing my job, I would certainly do so–and my prospects for entering some other lucrative line of work are not nearly so good as those who sit on this super committee. If they really believe that holding the line or compromising is the best thing for the country, let them say so openly and face the music.

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3 Responses to “Transparent Motives”

  1. tangman01 Says:

    Abso-Floggin-Lutely. The Super Committee concept is an admission by Congress that its current (and recent previous) members have broken the system so badly that it no longer functions as designed. This depite the fact that it was designed by Greater men. Much greater men. It’s also a victory for the dark forces which whisper into the ears of our Congress-people that their highest and best course is to adhere unalteringly to their individual or constituent Principles and to align themselves to their Parties, rather than to find the best way forward for the Nation as a whole, via compromise, statesmanship, vision, and Bravery. These people have now driven as far down the road of small-minded allegience as the the pavement allows, and here it dead-ends, over-looking revolution, secession, and national atrophy. These are weiners. And I’m afraid they were Elected by weiners as well.

  2. mrynelson Says:

    This is the stuff come on keep writing!

  3. mrynelson Says:

    Reblogged this on Forever Artzone and commented:
    a blogger that must keep writing!

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