Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Moral Disaster of Monumental Proportion Reconciliation Act" Part Deux?

If the SuperCommittee does emerge from its SuperHideout before next week's annual celebration of turkey genocide with a deficit-reduction act that pays for private-jet tax breaks with cuts to services for the poor, sick, and elderly, then I suggest that the task of naming this SuperTurkey be assigned to Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).
 Six years ago, in November 2005, the Republican Congress was pushing its "Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005", which proposed paying for Hurricane Katrina and Rita expenses by... (do I even need to finish this sentence?)... cutting "entitlement" programs for the old and sick. Like many Democrats in Congress, Lautenberg was appalled, saying, "Let's call this bill what it is -- a moral disaster. This bill would close the door of opportunity and cut critical services to the poor, elderly, sick and hungry."  He proposed an amendment to the Reconciliation Act, an amendment that renamed the entire piece of legislation with a more memorable moniker:

"Moral Disaster of Monumental Proportion Reconciliation Act"

While closer to the truth than the original 2005 act's name, I'd suggest that Senator Lautenberg propose something even more honest for the SuperCommittee's 2011 legislation if (as feared) the six Democratic members of the committee give more in cuts to vital programs than they gain in increased revenue from the so-called "Holy Job Creators".
"Payback to Our Benefactors for Their Long Years of Contributions Act"

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