Citizens don’t get to vote on austerity plans.
This time [Congress is] going to try to get this austerity plan through when few are paying attention: after the election but before the newly elected Congress comes in. This way democracy won’t get in the way, and the public doesn’t get a chance to react and hold legislators accountable. This might sound rather like the Greek austerity plan to cut working people’s wages, cut the things the Greek government does for its people, lay off public employees, and especially to sell off the things the public owns and operates so a wealthy few can profit.
This comes from Dave Johnson who notes that the Bowles-Simpson zombie is likely to rise again after the election.