While the Congressional "supercommittee" falls into a black hole on the issue of federal government spending, the entire body is hard at work and demonstrates tremendous political spine in declaring that pizza is a vegetable. As noted by Kristin Wartman in the Huffington Post:
If there were any lingering doubts as to whom our elected representatives really work for, they were put to rest Tuesday when Congress announced that frozen pizza was a vegetable. The United States Congress voted to rebuke new USDA guidelines for school lunches that would have increased the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in school cafeterias and instead declared that the tomato paste on frozen pizza qualified it as a vegetable.
But maybe that is a good use of their time because, in truth, the supercommittee's ability to reach consensus or not is irrelevant. If they do not reach an agreement, as noted in the New York Times:
[W]ithout an immediate threat of fiscal calamity . . . the cuts to federal spending triggered by a committee failure would not take place until 2013, leaving Congress an opportunity to find other escape hatches.
Likewise, if there is an agreement, it will be so conditional on other measures that need to be approved, that it, too, will be meaningless.
I don't know about you, but I am tired of hearing about how "hard" the Congresspeople are working on all this is. It is mainly political theater. But unlike regular theater, these actors never even bother to learn new lines.