On Supercommittee, Great Power Does Not Mean Great Responsibility
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  • Corlyss

    What was wrong with Joint Committee? Supercommittee is not super in any way that Superman is super except that both their powers are fictional.

  • John Burke

    Or a horsewhip. Poltroons get the horsewhip.

  • “The founding fathers believed that a certain amount of civic virtue and SELF-restraint was necessary to make the republican form of government work.”

    The reason I capitalized your word “self” is because that’s basically also been my impression of the founders’ views. So maybe I’m not completely crazy. Or, then again, maybe you are too, Professor Mead. Certainly, if I’m to believe some recent fashionable interpretations – or is it caricatures? – of Madison’s political ethics, there can only be ONE acceptable check on a man’s unbridled public ambition: namely, a check and (counter-)balance of equally inordinate ambition on the part of another jerk – er, man. Which ethos, generously applied to most every category of healthy citizen without prejudice to age, sex, intelligence or education – “Hell, I’m every bit as good as you (and better)!” – can only have, I imagine, a most wonderfully lowering and brutalizing effect on the moral tone of any civilized country. And not least on its ability to engage trust and co-operation against a common threat. So what is likely to emerge when Power, at any level of society, becomes less and less able or willing to check ITSELF? – if not the supreme opportunity for some sort of Hobbesian Leviathan? Or am I missing something here?

  • Jim.

    Worse yet — Obama is proposing piling another $300-$450 billion onto this Supercommittee, to pay for his “new” jobs ideas.

    What happened to not kicking the can down the road?

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