Omission by Commission

 Ahhh, yes, this is what we need, a fiscal responsibility commission.  A commission will surely set us on the path to fiscal solvency; take on those entitlements, cut that budget and create political cover for the inevitable tax increases.  The original Senate idea for a commission crashed over language that refused to limit additional taxation. 

Relax, all is well; in addition to the Executive Branch, two houses of Congress, 535 legislators, Congressional committees, Congressional staffs, committee staffs, uncountable bureaucracies, consultants, think tanks, pundits, national committees and yes, self admittedly anonymous bloggers; we need a commission.

Pardon my prodigious ignorance. Were we not led to believe that elected representatives are supposed to, well… know, take on the country’s challenges and problems?  I could swear that’s what they told us they begged for votes during the election campaigns. 

Oh, sorry, forgot about that partisanship problem.  That’s why we need the commission, that’s why we have one person from each party.  It’s the Omission Commission and two party representation is not partisanship it’s fairness!  No contradictions here! 

The Omission Commission will omit the need for legislators to actually deal with crushing fiscal problems for a while, or so they hope.  Maybe, if they’re lucky, all the way to November.  But, there is that sticky wicket of having to actually pass a budget before then.  The current budget increases the deficit dramatically and any homage to reductions in spending are blaringly absent in a budget that will, inevitably, pass.  “No, no, look the other way, it’s OK, don’t worry, we have a commission working on it”, we don’t need to take any immediate responsibility and, hey isn’t that Alan Simpson a funny guy?    

The Omission Commission omits the need for the President to propose a budget consistent with ever so progressively serious rhetoric about his sleepless nights worrying about the deficit. Was the radical concept of proposing a budget that actually reduces spending and the deficit considered by the President?  You know, as the self described “guy with the mop” trying to clean up the problems he inherited?  Someone get this man a ShamWow.   

Maybe, just maybe the President teed up an artificially bloated budget so Democrats in Congress can puff up their chests, cut out meaningless spending and adopt the mantle of  heroes for cutting it down to size?  A size XXXXXXXL is not a lot different from a size XXXXXXL when you shooting for a size Medium, just saying. 

The Speaker is opposed to the Omission Commission, clearly not seeing the wisdom of it.  She rejects the very idea that a commission should dictate to Congress as if it really could do that.  Hell, she doesn’t listen to all of her own caucuses or public opinion polling she’s not about to roll over on her tummy for a commission. Unfortunately, she also seems to reject the idea that Congress should actually do anything about spending and deficits.  Do we have a new “Party of fiscal NO!”

The Omission Commission represents the worst manner of political subterfuge.  The very idea should be roundly rejected and responsibility put squarely where it belongs.  The Omission Commission is a classic management failure, responsibility absent accountability and authority.