Supercommittee: OccupiedOctober 27, 2011 - by Donny Shaw
We know that corporations and special interests that can afford $30,000 – $50,000 per month “access lobbyists” are getting their say in front of the supercommittee. According to Politico, lobbyists are receiving special readouts from closed-door supercommittee meetings and then scheduling one-on-ones with supercommittee members so their clients can protect their interests.
So, the wealthy and connected have a healthy, democratic feedback cycle going with the supercommittee, while the public, on the other hand, has been almost completely locked out. Today, during the first open meeting the supercommittee has held in over a month, a member of the 99% took advantage of the rare opportunity to offer her perspective on the committee’s work. Here’s how that went down:
UPDATE: HuffPo pieces together the message:
“The American people want to tax the rich and end the wars,” said a woman who stepped forward as committee member Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) wound down. “That’s how we fix the deficit. And all this obfuscation with percentages of GDP, this is just trying to confuse the issue.”
“We would have enough money for housing and health care and everything that we want if we stopped spending our money [on the] military machine,” she added before Capitol police escorted her away. “It’s very obvious. I speak for the 99 percent: End the wars and tax the rich.”