In less than a month the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will send Congress their recommendations to cut at least $1.2 trillion. If that wasn't frightening enough, a majority of their work has taken place behind closed doors.
At a time when the Bay states are asking farmers to do more to reduce pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay, there is danger that conservation incentives secured for Bay farmers in the last Farm Bill will be greatly reduced.
Many questions loom over the Super Committee's work, but perhaps the biggest is whether the stripped-down process that Congress established for it can overcome Washington gridlock, or whether special interests will prevail.
Even if the Super Committee does reach some agreement over deficit reduction, it'll be a dismal public policy failure. Fundamental changes to American law will emerge from a legislative black box, without justification or public consideration.
Here are ten recommendations for the super committee on how they can responsibly reduce projected levels of defense spending by $677 billion over the next ten years without undermining our national security.