Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) attacked the super committee and characterized the two-party system as "meanies" and "weenies" in an interview with Newsweek published Monday.
"I'm not sure that they [the super committee] should do their job. I don't like their job. Their job is to cut Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. I'm sorry, it's just a farce," he told Newsweek's Lloyd Grove. "The real two-party system in America is the Meanies and the Weenies. The Meanies want to take away your benefits and the Weenies want to compromise with them."
Grayson criticized the leadership of the Democratic party. "I'd love to see them solve some problems. Show me a problem that they've solved. But I'm not interested in demoralizing my own supporters," he said.
Grayson is heralded by some and reviled by others for his bombastic rhetoric. In a 2009 floor speech, he said, "If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly."
The super committee, formally known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, failed to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in budget cuts before its Nov. 23 deadline. With the committee's failure, automatic cuts in defense, Medicare and discretionary spending are scheduled to take effect in 2013.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), another outspoken liberal, said recently the super committee failure was "good news" for Democrats since the party will have more leverage in 2013 because of the automatic defense cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. (Frank announced his retirement from Congress Monday.)
After being trounced in his 2010 re-election bid, Grayson announced last summer that he is running for his Orlando-area House seat in 2012. "And the only person who's better known than me is the president and Mickey Mouse. But I don't think Mickey's going to run," quipped Grayson to Newsweek.
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