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Special Interests Solicit Supercommittee

October 25, 2011 by  

Special Interests Solicit Supercommittee

As the 12-member budget supercommittee considers where the $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction cuts will be made before its looming Thanksgiving deadline, the members are being bombarded by concerned special interest and lobbying groups.

According to POLITICO, about 200 lobbyists representing businesses and groups have reported that they are talking to supercommittee members in an effort to protect funding ranging from healthcare to money allocated to Native American tribes.

According to the report, organizations related to the healthcare industry are currently leading the efforts with representatives from insurance companies and big pharmaceutical seeking to influence deficit reduction panel members. Representatives from the defense, education, telecommunications and transportation industries have also been attempting to reach the committee to talk taxes and benefits.

Many government insiders say that the deficit reduction team is offering very little information about what is being discussed in their talks, calling it “one of the most tightly lipped” special committees in decades. What information is known, POLITICO says, is not very reassuring. Both Republicans and Democrats understand the problems, but cannot reach many agreements as another U.S. credit downgrade looks evermore unavoidable.

Reports indicate that the supercommittee will likely focus heavily on taxes this week with discussions of an international tax bill. Some details of the proposal include a mandatory repatriation of corporate money overseas, and a separate provision that lowers corporate tax rates to 25 percent. Lobbying is expected to become more intense with the discussion of taxes.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    I have only one question for the jury, your honor.
    Do those RETARDS who are on the ‘supercommittee’ NOT know how to post armed guards at all of the entrances to their meetings? I rest my case, your honor.

    • Honestly

      Do you have anything else to do? You are the first responder in almost every article. Just curious.

  • David in MA

    The place to save 1.2 TRILLION DOLLARS is for congress to stop spending, stop obozo from spending and take back obozo’s slush funD money…….to spend over TWO TRILLION DOLLARS in two years and then suggest a savings plan over ten years is stupidity at the maximum……
    THE PROBLEM, ALL OTHER THINGS ASIDE, IS CONGRESSES FAILURE TO DO THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY!!!!

  • David in MA

    “international tax bill.”
    What the hell is a international tax bill?
    Will this put the communist U.N. in the wallets of American’s?

  • Vic Bailey

    How many more LIES are the American people going to fall for. You should know that NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE, these morons are still going to keep all the OVERPAID government workers when they need to get rid of about 3/4 of the worthless bastards and their UNIONS! The very downfall of our government. OUTLAW ALL Lobbyist, make it a felony, we have a CONSTITUTION to guide us to a healthy future, we don’t need some swindler swaying a Congerss or Senate member to abuse their authority, much less paying them to do it! These Congress and Senate members were elected to take care of OUR Business NOT SOME Lobbyist’s BS. Next, run ALL the Registered Socialist and Communist out of our government, there are 70 some registered in Congress alone, this is a mass injustice to the people, they HAD TO LIE TO TAKE THEIR OATH! WAKE THE HELL UP PEOPLE, what are you thinking with, the very people that want to bury us are NOW IN OUR GOVERNMENT, when they need to be tried for TREASON and put in prison for eternity!
    Semper Fi.

    • Lastmanstanding

      Vic…these politicians have taken up space on the planet far to long. the extravagance of everything about their lifestyle must end. i really don’t think at anyone should have to oversee their imprisonment.

      Millions of us struggle to maintain a few simple things by going to work each day…

      Most politicians support those with the easiest vote to attain.

  • Lastmanstanding

    ladies and gentlemen. as long as max baucus is on the supercom, i can assure you that only the most progressive issues will be served the finest monies stolen from the taxpayer.

    • SamEyeAm

      My apologies from the Big Sky country of Montana. Out here we all know that “Mad” Max has sold out to the dark side of D.C. interests for some time, but we have so many demo-zombies that keep voting him back in, that those of us who actually see what’s going on are just simply disgusted. Kinda like Hairy Reid in NV–can’t they just “go away?” Baucus is up again in 2014. I hope it’s not too late. His Senate buddy Tester is much more vulnerable next year. He should be gone in favor of conservatives. Keep vigilant !!

  • jopa

    sc They do have armed guards at the entrance to their meetings.However they are from companies like Brinks hired to haul all the loot they are receiving to their offshore accounts.

  • Van Vollmer

    Florida has what is known as “Government in the Sunshine”. The US
    practices “Government in secret back room deals with lobbyist” and we never know what the deals are. Obama has made an “art form” out of not
    letting Americans know is really going on. He lied when he said his
    government would practice transparency just like he continues to lie every time he opens his mouth. WE have a liar in our White House. Why
    would we want to re-elect a liar. Maybe we should consider electing Jeb Bush, former Florida Governor, as he is trained in “Government in
    the Sunshine”.

  • Dan Fitzgerald

    How’s that bumber sticker go?

    The solutions to our current problems will not come from the minds that created them.

    Ignore what the media and pundits say about Ron Paul. Go to http://www.ronpaul2012.com, and look at his record & plan to cut government back down to size.

    I see nobody else out there with a viable solution.

  • Clint

    To secure this we must have everybody vote without distinction of classes and qualifications, in order to establish an absolute majority, which cannot be got from the educated propertied classes. In this way, by inculcating in all a sense of self-importance, we shall destroy among the goyim the importance of the family and its educational value and remove the possibility of individual minds splitting off, for the mob, handled by us, will not let them come to the front, nor even give them a hearing; it is accustomed to listen only to us who pay it for obedience and attention. In this way we shall create a blind, mighty force, which will never be in a position to move in any direction, without the guidance of our agents, set at its head, by us, as leaders of the mob. The people will submit to this regime, because it will know, that upon these leaders will depend its earnings, gratifications and the receipt of all kinds of benefits.

  • Amy Aremia

    The longer the “12 member budget ‘super’ committee procrastinates on cutting down spending, the more stupid they appeare to even a highschool bookkeeper…The budget can easily be slashed within minutes with a few strokes.

    1. Cut out completely all the Billions and Billions going out to other nations as “foreign Aid”….Imagine, giving $800 Million to Libya, and $600Million to Pakastian….and then $2-3 Billion to Egypt, and $3-5 Billion to Israel…And now I recently learn we also give “monetary aid” to CHina !!!!!!!! All the Billions going out to these foreign countries surely add up to a TRillion or more…

    2. Bring home our military scattered around the world..would slash the cost in half and would keep them home, in our own nation where protection is needed.

    NO GOVERNMENT CAN PLACE ITSELF OUTSIDE THE RULE OF ECONOMIC LAWS UNLESS IT IS A DICTATORSHIP.

    3. And now one which will arouse the opposition of the international bankers who control our money. Put control of the Federal Reserve where it belongs, in the House of Representatives!!! Time to take it away from the international bankers who illegally have the power to make our money and to regulate its value thereof, since 1913; and then have paid Billions in Interest that no doubt accumlated a Trilion to the deficit, while these bankers use our money at their will.

    By Congress taking on its responsibility of our monetary system at least one-fourth of the national debt could be legally eliminated.

    By resuming the issuance of debit-free money, amounts which will be regulated by increasing productivity of the national economy at home, will bring back its monetary value…Only Congress has this legal power, and it can only be done by getting more honest, conservative patriots into Congress who understand economics.

    A stop of lucrative salary grabs must be made. To show its good intentions, Congress should rescind the $13,000.00 yearly salary increase it gave to themselves a few years ago, while the working middle class was taking a cut in earnings and losing their jobs that were being outsourced to other nations.
    Public pressure must be used to halt salary grabs…This must also include salaries of the Executive and Judical branches, including all other government workers.

    Another step would be to cut out all costly privileges to members of Congress, including use of the postal frank. Their cafeterias can be turned over to profit making business who will charge fair prices for their food, thereby eliminating a huge operating cost-loss which is charged to the tax payer. This can also be done to their barber shops–eliminating an operating cost as well.

    There are many other unnecessary bureaucratic departements in government that can be eliminated, or made to economize….
    Vast welfare funds and other “free entitlements”can be handled in a more business-like fashion.

    It is time for the power elite in the United States Government to stop looking to reduce or do away with Social Security and Medicare which are not tax money, but paid permiums for a retirement pension fund, and medical care…Although there can also be waste in Medicare which can also be reduced, as well as an overhaul of Medicaid..

    In order to reduce the debit that represents so many dangers to government, economic practice needs a powerful lever in the hands of truly conservative patriots who will be more interested in doing a job for the American people who elected them…and not going to Washington for a lucrative salary grab and an undeserving over-paid
    life pension other than the same Social Security benefits others get.

    The Federal Government has to trim its swollen budget. Those who are in the financial and budget committees must be taught economics if they have no previous business or economic experience, for they are the ones who approprate vast sums of money with light-hearted unconcern; they have to be taught the value of money, and careless fiscial spending.

    A reform of similar merit involves an end to World-wide junketing of members of Congress, including the Pesident and family, at public expense.

    • James

      I’m with Amy, There is no provision in the Constitution for Congress to tax Americans for the benefit of foreigners. Any congressman who voted for foreign aid had violated his oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

  • CP

    Amy Armenia, just take a look at how well privatization is working for the military. Now they no longer are allowed to prepare and serve their own food, it has to be done by some corporation. There is no longer any military owned enlisted or officers housing, again, a private corporation is taking money from the government to supply this, on government property, no less. It is almost to the point where we are hiring private corporations to do our fighting for us, but not quite. We do, however, use them to provide security to our military bases both here and abroad. Supposedly, this was to reduce military expenses, but all it seems to have accomplished is taking money from the military budget and putting it straight into corporate hands.

  • Marlene

    Whatever happened to the promise of eliminating all lobbyists? They shouldn’t be allowed within 100 miles of this so-called ‘super committee’. There will never be cuts to anything substantial as long as Liberal spenders, like Patty Murray, are on the committee. The Democrats loaded their 6 most spend-happy people onto the committee to guarantee its failure. With lobbyists telling those bozos what to do, while filling their pockets with cash, nothing will be accomplished. These are the same people who have become quite wealthy on lobbyists bribes and who have based their decisions on how much they’re being paid off. We’ll never see one scintilla of honesty as long as committee members can be bribed.

  • Gringo Infidel

    What! Special interests have approached the ‘super committee?’

    What a ^%$#@! newsflash – they are ALL getting something for their ‘decisions.’

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