Will a “Super Congress” Gut the Constitution – Just Like the Federal Reserve?
by George Washington
Ryan Grim has an update on his story about the “Super Congress”, which I discussed yesterday:
The Super Congress amounts to an institutionalization of the gang structure that exists informally in the Senate, where a small number of lawmakers write legislation behind closed doors and then announce it to the public? Legislation written by the Super Congress would be extremely difficult for individual members of Congress to stop.
No wonder both liberals and conservatives hate the proposal.
Indeed, the Founding Fathers’ vision of prosperity has been destroyed – and we’ve gone from the “wealth of nations” to the “debt of nations” – at least in part because our political system has been subverted by non-Constitutional committees and entities.
For example, the country’s most powerful “agency” – the Federal Reserve – is actually no more federal than Federal Express. The Fed itself admits (via Bloomberg):
While the Fed’s Washington-based Board of Governors is a federal agency subject to the Freedom of Information Act and other government rules, the New York Fed and other regional banks maintain they are separate institutions, owned by their member banks, and not subject to federal restrictions.
For that reason, the New York Fed alleged in a lawsuit – Bloomberg LP v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 08-CV-9595, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan) – that it was not subject to Federal Freedom of Information Act.