With less than a week before the supercommittee is to send its deficit-cutting recommendations to Congress, Americans are getting a crash course in Washington sausage-making. Meeting in secret, with only a barest hint that a majority of the six Democrats and six Republicans can agree to cut a paltry $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit over the next 10 years, this panel is a sad reflection of Washington's abdication of its fiscal responsibilities.
Fortunately, the Tea Party Debt Commission and about 200 leading tea party activists from around the nation on Thursday are to present their final report in a joint House-Senate hearing in the Russell Senate Office building. This is the movement's response to the supercommittee's likely disappointing findings — and should end the establishment narrative that tea partiers can't identify specific cuts.
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