Sometimes, given other important distractions, you can lose track of things that should receive more attention. That’s been happening to me lately.

What with the goings-on in Libya and Syria, downgrading of our nation’s credit rating, the Presidential vacation and the Kardishian wedding, I’ve completely lost track of a group of people that dropped off my radar: that congressional “super committee” of 12 that’s supposed to be solving our national debt problems. Where’d they go?

Far be it from me to say a nasty word about our national media. They’re a busy bunch, gathering pictures of the rebels, the Martha’s Vineyard gawkers and those helicopter wedding photos. It’s just been a busy time. I’m sure they know what they’re doing. So let me pick up some media slack. Or slacking.

Watching the massive incompetence of our Congress takes the ability to eat sawdust all day without asking for water. But, a few weeks ago, we were told 12 tried-and-true politicians had been charged with reducing our staggering national debt without raising revenues. I thought that was kind of important. Also impossible. But, as I said, other “significant” news got in the way.

We really should keep track of these 12 people. While congressional leadership would have us believe these appointees will miraculously put us back on a sound financial basis without any cost to us, it seems more to me that these folks have been sent over Niagra Falls. Without a barrel. The words “impossible” and “suicide” come quickly to mind.

The idea of creating this “super committee” was bogus from the get-go. We’ve already got a committee. It’s called the U.S. Congress. Duly elected, properly seated and charged with doing the nation’s business. To boldly claim a bi-partisan anointing of 12 is going to create solutions acceptable to the other 523 and the President is – in a word or two – B.S.

The shelves of the White House and congressional libraries are lined floor-to-ceiling with previous Blue Ribbon reports dealing with our debt. The most recent – the Simpson-Bowles Report – is so new it has yet to collect it’s first covering of dust. Filled with all sorts of recommendations generated by some very intelligent people, it likely has more substance than anything a deeply divided, politically-appointed bunch of congressional members can muster. Were I one of the recent 12 congressional appointees, my first action would be to move the Simpson-Bowles Report be adopted as the committee’s own and my second motion would be to adjourn. Both would likely lose.

Then there’s the “Gang of Six,.” Other members of that same congress who’ve spent months meeting, researching and compiling voluminous stacks of paper dealing with this same subject. Any one of the six has more knowledge at this point than anyone appointed to the 12. But not one of them – not one – was included in the 12. How about that for creative political thinking?

“But wait,” you say. “This new committee must come up with ways to deal with our collapsing economy or the agreement under which members were appointed will proceed to a second step, forcing the full congress to take Draconian measures. The agreement says so.”

Don’t hold your breath. Congress operates under hundreds of lawful requirements to do this, that or the other which are often ignored. A new and contemporary budget is legally required each year. How many years has it been since a budget was passed? Three? Five? Seven? Continuing resolutions are not budgets. They’re “smoke-and-mirrors” designed to circumvent the legal budgetary niceties.

It should never be forgotten that those who write laws are usually in the first wave of those who ignore them or who have ways to circumvent whatever the requirement. My bet is that will apply here. Come November, when the 12 are supposed to produce their list, the media will start a countdown clock based on the committee’s deadline which will be accompanied by dozens of talking heads predicting a financial doomsday. The committee report will go nowhere. The deadline will pass. Without action.

If all this seems arrogant and negative, I have but one request. Make me a list of half a dozen large problems really solved by our national congress in the last five years. O.K, last two years. Alright, one year.

Half a dozen problems? Well, maybe three. O.K., two. How about one?

I’d say the negative view stands about a 90-10 chance of being accurate.

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