Zombie Legislators at the Fiscal Cliff
Roll Call staffer, Niels Lesniewski wrote “DeMint: Don’t Let Zombies Attack Fiscal Cliff” writing that
Sen. Jim DeMint would rather see Congress go over the fiscal cliff than have a group of “zombie legislators” make tax and spending policy in final post-election weeks of the 112th Congress.
In the Senator’s report entitled “No Lame Deal in the Lame Duck” explaining why the lame-duck session is lame:
Reason #1: Zombies
The first and most obvious problem of lame duck sessions of Congress are the “lame duck” members of Congress — Representatives and Senators who have either announced their retirement or been replaced by voters. These few dozen “zombie” legislators, unlike their colleagues, are utterly free from public accountability. They are free, for two months and at taxpayer expense, to vote for whatever they please (or whatever pleases their prospective employers, but more on that in a moment), without their constituents being able to do anything about it.
Waiting in the wings, zombie-master Grover Norquist
– is his tax pledge losing influence?