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When the Divine Dozen are named, it will lead "to the emergence of a pack of superlobbyists who will have access to those members" and who can try to protect clients from the carnage, said Democratic consultant David Di Martino. That's because with only six members from each party on the committee, influencing the super committee will largely be an inside game with Democratic and Republican lobbyists working their respective lawmakers. Each appointment will be closely watched for the signals it sends about the direction of the super committee, more formally known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Like-minded interests are also likely to form coalitions to exert grassroots and in-district pressure on the Divine Dozen. One group will surely be the health care industry. The bill caps Medicare cuts at 2 percent, but it requires those decreases to be shouldered by doctors, hospitals, and other providers—cash-rich targets that will likely employ armies of lobbyists on the Hill. And after Congress spent most of the year debating whether to fund the government and raise the debt limit, the tumult that the super committee could create between now and the end of the year led one Democratic lobbyist to quip, "The upside is there is finally going to be a lot more business lobbying Congress."
it is going to put millions out of work and destroy billions of wealth thats a fact and that means someone else not americans will come in and pick up the slack.
the fuel alone runs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Originally posted by CranialSponge
It'll be interesting to see who these 12 apostles of omnipotence will be...
... and who will be the first to get caught with his hand in the cookie jar accepting bribes et al.
Why no independents on the panel? We'd be better off if the panel was composed of 12 random people off the street, rotated out on an annual basis. At least three homeless people, two convicted felons, and one crack-head for good measure.