Congressman warns new committee will be used to advance Obama’s regulatory agenda
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Congressman Ron Paul re-emphasized his opposition to the new Super Congress that has been created by the debt deal during an appearance on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business show last night, labeling the committee a “monstrous creature” that will be used by the Obama administration to advance its regulatory agenda.
Paul voted against the debt ceiling hike because of his belief that the problem of getting out of debt cannot be solved by creating more debt.
“It just digs the hole much deeper and makes it harder for us to get out,” Paul told Dobbs, adding that voting no was a much easier decision to make “when I saw the vehicle they were using to create this Super Congress.”
The Texan Congressman labeled the new committee “monstrous,” adding, “I keep and looking and looking and I can’t find any place in the Constitution where we have the authority to create such a creature as the Super Congress.”
Paul warned that the committee would act to fast-track regulations similar to how free trade agreements have been forced through in the past with little debate, pointing out that if Congress rejects the recommendations of the committee, authority will be transferred to the Office of Management and Budget, which is part of the executive branch.
Paul hit back at the Obama administration’s penchant for enforcing its agenda through regulations, having been unable to get laws passed on issues like CO2 emissions and gun control, attacking, “This whole idea that any bureaucracy, that any agency can write all these regulations and they’re the law of the land.”
Critics have labeled the creation of the Super Congress a subversion of the representative form of government. Recommendations made by the committee, which will be headed up by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, cannot be amended or filibustered. Congress can only vote yes or no. If the proposals are rejected, pre-arranged spending cuts are automatically triggered.
The committee has already taken steps to ensure that it will be little more than a tool for the Obama administration and RINO Republicans by moving to bar lawmakers who voted against the debt ceiling from being included on the 12-member panel. This guarantees that Tea Party representatives like Senator Rand Paul will have no say in how the body operates.
Second Amendment advocacy groups like Gun Owners of America fear that the Super Congress could move beyond its effort to control the nation’s purse strings and focus on enforcing gun control legislation, a legitimate concern given the fact that Harry Reid has already insisted there will be “no constraints” on the committee and that it will have “the ability to look at everything.”
The Obama administration has already signaled that it will become the de facto deciding 13th member of the committee following White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s admission that the government would work with the Super Congress to hike taxes in 2012 and beyond.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.