First it was Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke who was the prime target of Republican presidential candidates.
Now one of the surging Oval Office GOP wannabes has a new public enemy #1: the super committee.
Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House who has moved up in recent polls to challenge Herman Cain and Mitt Romney for his party's nomination, has become a big critic of the debt-reduction panel.
Along the campaign trail Gingrich has called the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction "maniacally stupid" and "an invitation to economic catastrophe."
Why the harsh words?
As for those impending cuts to defense and domestic programs, Gingrich calls them "totally artificial."
He has a point. Even if the cuts are triggered, they won't take effect until January 2013, giving Congress and perhaps a new Administration plenty of time to make changes.
And that process, including the creation of the special deficit panel in the first place, added Gingrich, is a reflection of Washington's larger problems.
Do you think the panel will make any substantive deficit reduction proposals? Or do you agree with Gingrich that the super committee is a typical Capitol Hill waste?
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