Here we go again, with the always-entertaining Ron Paul opening his mouth and spewing nonsense:
The 76-year-old retired OB-GYN, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination again, said he was appalled at the ad hoc 12-member bipartisan committee devised to find further federal spending cuts before Thanksgiving, what he calls “this super Congress.”
According to this week’s agreement, the committee, three members of each party from each chamber, must do the job Congress is supposed to do but hasn’t or can’t. And if it doesn’t, then other automatic cuts occur by year’s end. Not unlike legislative cruise control.
“Where in the world did that come from?” Paul demanded. “And where is that going to lead to? That is monstrous. I keep looking and I can’t find any place in the Constitution where we have the authority to create such a creature as the super Congress.”
Of course Congress has the authority to create committees among its members, and even committees across both chambers! The best example of a committee with members from both the House and Senate would be the “conference committee” which reconciles slightly different versions of legislation passed by the House and Senate into one bill, which is then voted on again by both chambers. “Super Committee” or “Super Congress” is just a fancy term for an ad hoc committee consisting of members of both houses, very similar to the aforementioned conference committee.
Rep. Paul is himself a member of two committees and three subcommittees, one of which he chairs. Would he argue that those committees and subcommittees be disbanded, even the one he leads, because they’re not constitutional? And will he also call for banning conference committees? If he does, at least he’ll be internally consistent, but he won’t be any more right about the constitutionality of it.
Sorry, Paulbots… your guy has opened his mouth and inserted both feet. Again.
(Note from The Owner: I’m closing comments on this thread because we have a more recent thread dealing with this topic. All comments should go there now.)