There’s an old saying that I’ve always been quite fond of:
A committee is twelve people doing the work of one.
Thanks to the brains in Washington, we’ve got another one. The Post reports:
Faced with growing alarm over the nation’s soaring debt, the White House and congressional Democrats tentatively agreed Tuesday to create an independent budget commission and to put its recommendations for fiscal solvency to a vote in Congress by the end of this year.
Under the agreement, President Obama would issue an executive order to create an 18-member panel that would be granted broad authority to propose changes in the tax code and in the massive federal entitlement programs — including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — that threaten to drive the nation’s debt to levels not seen since World War II.
Only in Washington would you try to solve a budget problem by hiring more people.
Only in Washington would you need eighteen people instead of the standard twelve.
Only in Washington would those eighteen people be issued the “broad authority” to … propose changes.
Only in Washington.