Debt Supercommittee Lacks Diversity

Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post, August 14, 2011

With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) announcement Thursday of her three appointees to the bipartisan debt “supercommittee,” the panel’s 12-member roster is complete. It represents a broad range of ideological views, from House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Tex.) on the right to Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) on the left.

But the group’s membership is marked by a problem that has plagued Congress–a lack of gender and racial diversity.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is the only woman on the panel. House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) is the group’s only Hispanic. And House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (S.C.) is the only African American.

Neither Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) nor House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) appointed any women or minorities among their six picks for the panel.

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The Senate faces a particular lack of racial diversity: Its membership includes two Hispanics–Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)–and two Asian Americans–Sens. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii). No African American senators currently sit in the chamber; the last to serve was Roland Burris (D-Ill.), who retired last year from the seat formerly held by President Obama and was succeeded in November by Sen. Mark Kirk (R).

Some on the committee argue that experience, not gender or race, is the factor that matters most in the calculus of who takes part in the debt discussions.

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Even so, some lawmakers and outside groups have argued that if Congress has tapped the supercommittee to make decisions that affect the country as a whole, its membership should better reflect the country.

“Half the committee ought to be women, even though women only account for 17 percent of the Congress,” Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, said in an interview Friday. {snip}

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Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez (D-Tex.), chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said that the stakes in the debt talks are particularly high for Hispanics.

“While every American would be impacted by the committee’s plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion, the Latino community has the most at stake if further cuts are made to programs critical to getting our economy back on track,” Gonzalez said. “Latino families have been greatly impacted by the housing crisis and recession, with unemployment rates for our community consistently higher than average.”

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  • Anonymous

    Where is Maxine Waters when we need her? She is black, she is a lunatic, she is ignorant. All the makings for several under represented factions.

    We are doomed. The nation is facing the fate of future financial collapse and Congress bickers over skin color rather than competency. Note to Congress; figure out who are the brightest, most experienced, and politically brave and “…get ‘er done”. We are talking survival here.

  • ice

    “Debt Supercommittee Lacks Diversity”

    I though we weren’t supposed to notice race and gender, that everyone is the same.

  • Whiteness: Endangered Species

    “While every American would be impacted by the committee’s plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion, the Latino community has the most at stake if further cuts are made to programs critical to getting our economy back on track,” Gonzalez said. “Latino families have been greatly impacted by the housing crisis and recession, with unemployment rates for our community consistently higher than average.”

    In other words, the Federal Government should bankrupt the future of White Americans so that Diversity Mexicans can get what they want.

    We are optimistic for them. The entire momentum of American History since 1865 has been how White Elites can use minorities as agents of change so that elites can scam the millions of average White Taxpayers out of their money and White Privilege.

    To not increase the national debt is racist. Whites will always hurt other Whites if they can avoid “racist”.

    Look for not a national default or bankruptcy, but massive Weimar inflation. The govt. can print money, devalue middle class White’s income and cash assets, destroy the last of their White Privilege, and then claim that we must give Citizenship Amnesty to the illegal Mexicans so that they can “help us solve the inflation problem by rejuvenating America.”

    Folks, you all know that we are lied to every step of the way. We are watching our future (White Privilege) being destroyed before our eyes by the Africans, Mexicans, and Muslims.

    Not a single conservative politician is saying or doing anything that will really put a stop to it.

    You best bet at this point is to horde what little White Privilege you have left, and hold on tight. The future is full of hate and violence, and you are the target.

    What you will see in the next 20 years, you will never have imagined possible. In trying to make sense of it all, you will study history and try to understand that one event that unleashed all others that put you in such an endangered status.

    You only need to go back to Brown v. Board. From there, you can make sense of everything else.

    If there were justice, we would have the time and money to research the family histories of the SCOTUS that gave us Brown. We would statistically study their choices of spouse, neighborhood, schools for their children, clubs, etc.

    We would then be justified in demanding that the Govt. defend our White Privilege as much as these families defended theirs.

    We would also be justified helping to “unburden” any of these families of their White Privileges, if any are above average in wealth.

    Until we all have ample White Privilege, none should have more than enough.

  • Question Diversity

    “While every American would be impacted by the committee’s plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion, the Latino community has the most at stake if further cuts are made to programs critical to getting our economy back on track,” Gonzalez said. “Latino families have been greatly impacted by the housing crisis and recession, with unemployment rates for our community consistently higher than average.”

    When asked what he thought Hispanic voters wanted from the political process, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said, (paraphrased) “full funded welfare programs.”

    If all they’re going to “cut” is $1.5 trillion (over ten years), this means that they’re still going to run up $8 trillion of debt over the next ten years. The reason is that freezing the Federal budget at the same dollar amount over the next ten years is scored as a $9.5 trillion “cut,” (even though you’re not literally cutting anything), because of what were planned budget increases year over year.

  • aj

    …the Latino community has the most at stake if further cuts are made to programs critical to getting our economy back on track”

    ———————-

    In other words Hispanics sponge off the state more than any other group. If they cut off the hispanic Welfare-Foodstamp-WIC gravy train than consumer spending will decline!

    We must increase welfare to encourage consumer spending! See I can be a liberal economist too!

  • Anonymous

    So Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez is expressly saying that a Hispanic congressman would make decisions that benefit Hispanics.

    Can we do the same for whites?

  • Anonymous

    Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez says that the Latino community has the most at stake if further cuts are made to programs critical to getting our economy back on track. Yeah, you have to take into consideration that there are between 12 and 20 million illegals in the country who are suffering because of the lack of jobs.

    But not to worry, help is on the way, President Obama wants to appoint people for a “Jobs Commission”. Yeah, that’s the ticket, problem solved.

  • Anonymous

    “While every American would be impacted by the committee’s plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion, the Latino community has the most at stake if further cuts are made to programs critical to getting our economy back on track,” Gonzalez said. “Latino families have been greatly impacted by the housing crisis and recession, with unemployment rates for our community consistently higher than average.”

    — Okay, repeat after me: America owes nothing to latinos.

    They were not slaves here. The 20,000 Mexicans who were spread out on all the land between California and Texas at the time of the U.S. takeover of the Southwest (pre 1850) were pretty much all european Spanish whites who had big ranches with american indian peons.

    Heck, latinos didn’t even exist as a group here worth thinking about until 20-30 years ago. Repeat, America owes nothing to latinos and is under no obligation to give them affirmative action and freebies.

  • True Blue

    This is just a ploy to use the race card to distract everyone from asking under what authority they appointed a ‘super committee’ to decide our fates in the first place. They just do not want us to notice that this is the Washington ‘establishment’ trying to put the Tea Party freshmen in their place and ignore real debate so that they can cook up something in private, then go to Congress with a take-it-or-leave-it package that is too critically important to bother reading before the vote. The race-card is an obvious use of smoke and mirrors, particularly given the composition of the Senate (although the Constitution clearly directs that legislation begin in the House; so why Senators are even involved is beyond me.)

  • Anonymous

    This country is in debt due to the Diversity of the mobs that want free everything. Free Medical, Welfare checks, Section 8 Housing, School Meals before, during, and after School hours, Day Care, Drug clinics, Spanish language, and other non-English speakers demanding Bi-lingual Education, Illegal Aliens by the millions, etc., etc., etc.

    The Liberal geniuses that voted for these policies, and the current crop of Congressmen and Senators, never mind the chief occupant, deserve to lose their shirts in this Recession. I hope they get wiped out, and end up living in a tent.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Romney and Perry can save us?

    More of the same from the GOP….The Dems and the Repubs should purge into one party since they speak from both sides of their mouths. One leads the conservative sheep over the cliff and the other leads the liberal sheep over the cliff. Kill two birds with one stone. Wonder who thought up that obvious scheme?

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/governors-report-card-romney-huntsman-perry-changedhealth-care/story?id=14319314

  • Anonymous

    Considering that much of that debt was run up by catering to minorities via the various welfare programs — as SBPDL puts it, “We could have been on Mars, but instead we had to fund Black Run America” — I suppose in a perverse way it’s only right minorities should be represented on the debt committee too.

    Not that I expect them to be of much help with solving the debt problem, but it would at least be an opportunity to remind minorities that a lot of this problem is due to how much nonwhite tax consumers cost white taxpayers.