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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thus Sprach der Super Committee

I believe that since I am of German ancestry (I have been to the Motherland, where strangers approach me and start conversations as if we were long-lost roommates) I am entitled to make any number of potentially disrespectful German wordplay jokes. (There aren't many other cultural benefits of being German, unless you count spaetzle as a cultural benefit)

I also believe, given Mussolini's definition of fascism as a merger of the state and corporate power, that it is fair to say we are being hoodwinked by an Über-Committee, not a particularly super one. (This translation relies on the Super-Über transposition common to most bad translations of Nietzsche, but it also more accurately reflects the utter lack of heroics in Congress while, at the same time, adding a certain, shall we say, uncomfortable Germanic overtone.)

Anyone who thinks the Über-Committee represents the will of the people didn't closely follow committee member Max Baucus (to pick one example) during the Health Care deliberations. He was less a person and more a suit stuffed with lobbyist dollars, hollow enough inside to play the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion at once in a Congressional production of Wizard of Oz.

Of course, we all know who's behind the curtain. The Über-Committee is not made up of members of Congress, but chess pieces. And we all know that when push comes to shove, there won't be cuts to Defense as promised (Obama is fibbing; Leon Panetta won't allow it, and anyway, it costs money to start a cold war with China), no new revenues generated, and no movement on the deficit. Don't worry though, the Über-Committee will be there to pick up the pieces when the economy collapses.

Über-Committees are always willing to share their resources, provided you play by their rules.

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