Shockingly, Supercommittee To Fail, Now Trading Blame

In all seriousness, did anyone think that the Supercommittee would actually come up with some sort of deal to save a paltry $1.2 trillion – rather weird to write paltry regarding that amount of money, yet, it is paltry when it comes to the federal budget – over 10 years? The GOP wanted actual cuts, the Democrats wanted to raise taxes. There was very little give. And, now, the blame starts

(Fish Wrap Of Record) With the hours ticking away toward a self-imposed deadline, Congressional leaders conceded Sunday that talks on a sweeping deficit agreement were near failure and braced for recriminations over their inability to reach a deal.

The stalemate was the latest sign of partisan deadlock in Washington, which members of both parties do not expect to lift until the 2012 election has clarified which party has the upper hand. (Snip)

On Sunday, in the halls of the Capitol and on television talk shows, Democrats and Republicans offered strikingly different post-mortems for the process.

Democrats blamed the Republicans for their unwillingness to yield on a no-new-taxes pact they signed at the request of a conservative antitax group, arguing that the American public realizes that no grand deal could be reached without a combination of spending cuts and new tax revenue.

But Representative Jeb Hensarling, Republican of Texas, the co-chairman, said it was the Democrats’ inflexibility that had caused the impasse, particularly when it came to agreeing to major money-saving changes in social programs like Medicare and Social Security.

“Unfortunately, what we haven’t seen in these talks from the other side is any Democrats willing to put a proposal on the table that actually solves the problems,” Mr. Hensarling said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Democrats wanted taxes now, and for any cuts to occur later, which means they would never happen. They live in this little fantasy world, where they think more revenue will solve everything. But, in government, even if they do not have the money, they’ll still increase spending. What happens when you give them even more money? They’ll spend it. It would never be used to reduce the deficit and debt. Never.

The solutions are really very simply. First, reduce wasteful spending. Do not overpay. Do not pay for cost over-runs. Do not pay for contract work not done. Do not use federal money for things private individuals and companies should pay for themselves.

Second, simply cut the budget by 10-15% for next year. Cut the next year. And cut till the agencies are running lean, like they should.

Third, no more political payback. No sending federal money to campaign donators companies. Do not allow interested parties to negotiate the contracts for federal unions, if not do away with the unions altogether.

Fourth, make Congress and the president take a pay cut, and cut their own budgets. Reduce the pay for new hires and replacement workers back in line to private sector wages, if not below.

Fifth, throw the bums out if they continue to think of the money as their own, rather than treating it with the massive respect it deserves.

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5 Responses to “Shockingly, Supercommittee To Fail, Now Trading Blame”

  1. david7134 says:

    They put Kerry on the committee. Did you really think anything productive would occur?

  2. Adobe Walls says:

    They’ve certainly exceeded my expectations.

  3. Word says:

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    There was no doubt this would fail and then…..they will not do the across the board cuts but find loop holes not to do them and then blame that on the other guy too.

    I simply think that the GOP should allow the Democrats to raise taxes on the rich to 90 percent……..

    Hell make it a 100 percent……then when America tanked the entire Democratic party would be thrown out of not only D.C. but America….for finally calling their bluff.

    Just do it…..they never will……just do it GOP…..let them have all the tax increases they want……..

    Everyone of them….double down and let them eat the results in november.

  4. Adobe Walls says:

    If this gets as far as the economy tanking this doesn’t get settled at the ballot box but rather in the street. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  5. Trish says:

    I think Adobe’s right, it will not end well if the socialists get their way and destroy the nations top earners, employers and spenders. The country will be in ruin. Perhaps it will (hopefully) drain the DC swamp but it will be a battle in the streets first, and I say bring em on.

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