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Super Committee Ready To Admit Failure

November 21, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Who’s at all surprised by this news?

It came to light last week that the Congressional Super Committee charged with finding $1.2 trillion in savings for the government was having trouble coming to any kind of agreement or compromise.  Today, it’s expected to become official.  Leaders from the super committee will be announcing shortly that they’ve failed to come to an agreement.

This super committee seemed destined to fail almost from the beginning.  Democrats and Republicans have long been far apart in how to deal with the rising deficit.  To think that a half dozen members of each party could lock themselves in a room and come to a compromise in such a short period of time was asking too much.  Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on what to have for lunch in the Capitol cafeteria let alone agree on $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions.

I guess the only thing left for the super committee to do is start pointing fingers at the other side.  That course of action seems to be the one thing that both sides can agree on!

What say you?  Were you surprised that the Congressional Super Committee failed to reach an agreement?  Feel free to comment below.

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  1. November 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I’m certainly not surprised, though I am somehow disappointed.

  2. November 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Well, this makes it sound like both sides are equally at fault. So, one might ask, what would a “centrist” do (whatever the heck a centrist is) in this situation?

    I imagine that would involve one side in giving into cuts which it doesn’t like, and the other side giving into taxes which it doesn’t like.

    Did such a “centrist” proposal exist?

    • November 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Not that I’m aware of. Both sides dug in and neither was willing to compromise enough to reach a middle ground. Kind of sad really.

      • November 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

        Then, I don’t know what you’re reading. I read about several democratic offers that were rejected because republicans refused to raise any taxes.

        In less than 30 seconds of googling, I found this:
        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2011/oct/26/super-committee-democrat-budget-cuts

        Repeatedly throughout the Super Comittee and previous “negotiations”, the democrats and Obama have offered crazy good concessions to the republicans. Thankfully, the republicans have rejected all/most of them b/c the Tea Party contingent has forced their hand against any sort of negotiation.

        The word compromise no longer exists in the republican vocabularly. That’s what is sad. (That, and the fact that the democrats foolishly keep running after the republicans hoping to please them with yet another concession.)

      • November 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

        This is a common meme with current politics and not just with regard to Teh Super Committeh.

        You call yourself a liberal. Keep up on Krugman’s blog. It’s excellent, and he has more than once discussed this very topic. Examples:

        http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/the-invisible-center/

        http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/hidden-in-the-middle/

        Just because democrats are reported to not be in the middle doesn’t mean they aren’t in the middle.

  1. December 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

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