Relax, America …
One of Washington, D.C.’s biggest poverty pimps – whose appetite for pork barrel spending is so great it can’t be confined to one state – has been tasked with cutting the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years.
Yeah … given the trillions in deficit spending our government is racking up each year it’s hard to determine which is the bigger joke, isn’t it?
Nonetheless, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn – the former Majority Whip who is famous for boondoggles named in his honor as well as his bizarre views on the U.S. Constitution (click here and here) – was named by former U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the so-called “super-committee” that’s been tasked with implementing these modest spending cuts.
“What next? Crackheads tasked with managing destruction of drugs for the DEA?” one GOP activist in Charleston, S.C. texted us.
Although you know what they say … “if the pipe’s hot.”
More substantively, Clyburn’s appointment was slammed by limited government advocates in Washington, D.C., who derided it as a move by Pelosi to protect pork barrel spending.
“James Clyburn’s propensity for pay-to-play politics disqualifies him from serving on any committee tasked with reducing spending,” said Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government. “Clyburn has earmarked over $200 million over the past six years, making him the biggest congressional spender in South Carolina.”
Wilson’s organization released a fact sheet outlining several of Clyburn”s most notorious boondoggles – including the infamous Clyburn Transportation Center at S.C. State University.
“Politicians who talk out of both sides of their mouths on ‘pay-to-play’ have no place on any committee that is supposed to be reducing the debt,” Wilson added. “James Clyburn has been nothing but a hypocrite on this issue for his entire career.”
S.C. Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly also ridiculed Clyburn’s selection.
“As Majority Whip under Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, Jim Clyburn oversaw the biggest two year spending spree in American history,” Connelly said in a statement. “To suggest this committee is serious about deficit reduction and then appoint Rep. Clyburn is like asking the fox to guard the hen house.”
Joining Clyburn on this 12-person “super-committee” are U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D-Montana), John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), Patty Murray (D-Washington), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-California), Dave Camp (R-Michigan), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Fred Upton (R-Michigan) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland).
One of those “Republicans,” Rep. Camp, is already refusing to take tax hikes off the table.
Awesome … good to know the GOP is caving on taxes before this “super-committee” has even been gaveled to order.