Beware the Gang Violence in Congress

Monday, March 5th, 2012 and is filed under Blog

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This new phenomenon of bipartisan “gangs” in Congress is getting ridiculous.  It all started with John McCain’s inane Gang of 14, which ensured that many of Bush’s nominees to lower courts were never confirmed.  Since then, we have been subjected to mellifluous chattering from the media every time insipid Republicans bond with their Democrat counterparts to propose some “bipartisan” big-government scheme that undermines conservatives.  Now we are about to be subjected to the gang of 100, orchestrated by the gang of 10.

If you are perplexed by all this gang talk, you’re not missing anything.  There are supposedly 100 members that are working on a grand scheme to cut the deficit in one grandiose proposal.  There are 10 members who are orchestrating the deal, but they are declining to identify themselves because their mission is top secret.  As oleaginous as this sounds, I’m not making it up.  This, from the Hill:

A small, bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate are secretly drafting deficit grand bargain legislation that cuts entitlements and raises new revenue.

Sources said that the task of actually writing the bills is well underway, but core participants in the regular meetings do not yet know when the bills can be unveiled. […]

The talks are so sensitive that some members involved do not yet want to be identified.

The reality is that anyone with even a cursory understanding of the federal budget can easily identify the problem and the solution to our debt crisis.  We need to prioritize all but the core functions of government, while weaning the next generation off the entitlement and welfare programs.  The solution is not an enigma; it’s just the political fortitude that is missing from the equation.  All these gangs ever accomplish is to provide political cover for flaccid Republicans to cave on their core principles, while cutting around the edges of some minor programs.

It’s time to ban gang violence in Congress.