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Ron Paul: Debt limit agreement ‘super committee’ unconstitutional

The federal debt ceiling agreement contains a provision calling for a super committee to decide, and then recommend to Congress, where spending cuts will be made. Congressman Ron Paul believes this is unconstitutional.

The Texas Republican, a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, made that claim on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Thursday.

Paul told co-host Carl Quintanilla a super committee’s solution to a congressional impasse could be challenged in court because it takes away duties the Constitution spells out for Congress to perform.

“Well, I would challenge it in the courts and say that is not a constitutional function,” Rep. Paul said. “There’s no authority to have a super Congress who takes over for what the House and Senate are supposed to do.”

According to Paul, the Constitution doesn’t give Congress the option of performing in a way that’s devoid of committee or subcommittee actions.

“Oh, I don’t think there’s any doubt about it,” Paul continued. “Where does it say that we can set up a program like this and then give the — and then pop something back into the House and Senate and say you have a vote, you can’t take it to a subcommittee or full committee.

“You can’t negotiate it and you don’t know what’s going on there. So no, that is not what was set up by the Constitution. That was so far removed from what was intended that it almost becomes a silly notion.”

The Texas Republican said the problem can be traced to 1971, when the United States abandoned the gold standard.

“If it’s strictly a budgetary thing that can be settled by appointing twelve elected individuals, they’re not dealing with it,” Paul continued. “Do we need to change our attitude about the entitlement system? Do we need to change this system where we have a Federal Reserve that monetizing our debt, which is the moral hazard of the economy?

“Because that’s why Congress spends: because they know somebody will buy the debt. And it’s been going on wholesale since 1971, since we’ve lost the last link to gold. And so these problems we’re facing today were anticipated and expected by all the free market economists ever since 1971.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Congressional-Dysfunction/100002734806753 Congressional Dysfunction

    Government by committee is not representative
    government.  We are starting another
    kabuki dance around the problem rather than addressing the problem.  Congress created the debt problems and has
    dodged resolving those problems for years. 
    The dance involves each pointing fingers at the other and deferring resolution
    until after the next election.  Since
    there is an election every 2 years, nothing is ever accomplished.

    Anyone drawing a breath in 2009 knew there were economic
    problems, so how do our “leaders” respond – by creating a presidential commission
    in February 2010 to study the issue. 
    Recognizing the severity of the crisis, the commission boldly met once a
    month promising a report in December 2010. 
    Probably just a calendaring coincidence that the report was due AFTER
    the mid-term elections.  Congress put off
    considering a budget, because it was waiting on the commission report; members
    could campaign for reelection and take no real position on the budget, because
    they were waiting for the commission report.

    The report came out in December 2010 and called for action;
    Congress did nothing but waive partisan fingers and issue statements filled
    with poll-tested pabulum.  The let the
    situation become a crisis and then want us to thank them for “solving” the
    crisis.  All they did was pass things off
    to another committee and then go on recess.

    This is not a “R” or
    “D” issue; the problem is a collective congressional indifference to We the
    People and slave like allegiance to the talking points regurgitated by one of
    the two political parties.  The partisan
    “either/or” scenarios are ridiculous; 
    each side creates false choices to advocate for their particular extreme
    position.  Leaders get out in front of a
    problem and solve it; we do not have leaders, we have feral political animals
    working to save their job.  They
    do not and probably cannot solve problems; the sad reality is that they created
    the problems in the first place.

    Today’s Congress is the
    Founding Fathers’ worst nightmare; it is not accountable to anyone, an over-compensated, elite Club, and
    legislatively incompetent.  For more, go
    to http://tinyurl.com/3lpdyzk to see
    a sample from a new ebook “Congressional
    Dysfunction.”  Use code LM84L for a 25% discount on a
    purchase.   There is no little blue pill to
    treat Congressional Dysfunction, only the ballot box. http://www.congressionaldysfunction.us

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Congressional-Dysfunction/100002734806753 Congressional Dysfunction

    Government by committee is not representative
    government.  We are starting another
    kabuki dance around the problem rather than addressing the problem.  Congress created the debt problems and has
    dodged resolving those problems for years. 
    The dance involves each pointing fingers at the other and deferring resolution
    until after the next election.  Since
    there is an election every 2 years, nothing is ever accomplished.

    Anyone drawing a breath in 2009 knew there were economic
    problems, so how do our “leaders” respond – by creating a presidential commission
    in February 2010 to study the issue. 
    Recognizing the severity of the crisis, the commission boldly met once a
    month promising a report in December 2010. 
    Probably just a calendaring coincidence that the report was due AFTER
    the mid-term elections.  Congress put off
    considering a budget, because it was waiting on the commission report; members
    could campaign for reelection and take no real position on the budget, because
    they were waiting for the commission report.

    The report came out in December 2010 and called for action;
    Congress did nothing but waive partisan fingers and issue statements filled
    with poll-tested pabulum.  The let the
    situation become a crisis and then want us to thank them for “solving” the
    crisis.  All they did was pass things off
    to another committee and then go on recess.

    This is not a “R” or
    “D” issue; the problem is a collective congressional indifference to We the
    People and slave like allegiance to the talking points regurgitated by one of
    the two political parties.  The partisan
    “either/or” scenarios are ridiculous; 
    each side creates false choices to advocate for their particular extreme
    position.  Leaders get out in front of a
    problem and solve it; we do not have leaders, we have feral political animals
    working to save their job.  They
    do not and probably cannot solve problems; the sad reality is that they created
    the problems in the first place.

    Today’s Congress is the
    Founding Fathers’ worst nightmare; it is not accountable to anyone, an over-compensated, elite Club, and
    legislatively incompetent.  For more, go
    to http://tinyurl.com/3lpdyzk to see
    a sample from a new ebook “Congressional
    Dysfunction.”  Use code LM84L for a 25% discount on a
    purchase.   There is no little blue pill to
    treat Congressional Dysfunction, only the ballot box. http://www.congressionaldysfunction.us

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S5BZTPTHJXFPE7Z6QAZFF3WCMA joka13

    Ron Paul is pulling a “wag the dog” scheme here. Get people all riled up about something that’s not happening, so they don’t pay attention to something that is.
    This committee is only SUGGESTING cuts that they believe need to be made. Those suggestions will go to Congress. If Congress does not take up on those suggestions by a determined time (and technically they don’t have to; that’s why the constitutionality of this committee is moot), then other, automatic cuts will go into play. Automatic cuts that have nothing to do with the committee.
    Here’s where Paul’s dog comes wagging. The committee must throw everything on the table, INCLUDING tax ‘increases.’ I say ‘increases’ because if people were just being honest, they’d realize these ‘increases’ were the cuts that Bush should never have made in the first place while he was in office. Paul just wants to protect dozens of multi-millionaires and -billionaires who wouldn’t even feel these ‘increases’ over the millions and millions of people who are already suffering because Congress can’t get its act together.
    Once people see how uncompromising the Repubs are being in these negotiations – isn’t that what politics is all about, give and take? – then the sh*t really will hit the fan for them because the people won’t stand for it. How can you constantly defend protecting the top 1% of wage-earners when the rest of the country is going into the toilet? By making the people focus on something else that has nothing to do with anything. That’s what this ‘Grand Old Party’ is all about.
    Don’t buy it.