It's hard to tell what's going on in the "negotiations" over the debt/default/deficit mess of pottage. But rumors of a "Super Congress" created to make cuts if the real Congress doesn't do it by date certain sounds like a phenomenally bad idea, along with several other rumored horrible ideas. It's a short-term solution sure to create more long-term problems.The House Democrats should vote against whatever "compromise" comes forth and make Obama stand up and take the 14th. Update: A Times Graphic with the main features of the bill is here.Looks like it just passed the House. Will be interesting to see the breakdown (I mean in the votes).The vote breakdown in red and blue.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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