Wednesday, September 14, 2011

As TPM reports today, the Super Deficit Committee is facing a regular Grand Canyon of a divide over basic facts. After several hours, the Republican members agreed that the word "committee" actually had all those letters in it but they reached a standstill only moments later.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) got into a heated exchange over exactly what the point of the the committee was. Baucus contended that it was to reduce the deficit while preserving social programs but Portman argued that he was under the impression that it was to preserve breeding stock for future food sources for the rich. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) concurred and said he was hoping that the poor could be fed a strict diet of vegetables as it produces a more savory, if leaner, meat.

No consensus was reached, but all 12 members agreed to take a lunch break and ordered Chinese.

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