Analysis: Super committee reflects our own super failure
November 21st, 2011
05:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Analysis: Super committee reflects our own super failure

Washington (CNN) - So the "super committee" failed. Can you honestly say you were expecting a different outcome?

The inability of an evenly split panel of Capitol Hill Democrats and Republicans to agree on $1.2 trillion in savings is about as surprising as January snow in Fairbanks, Alaska. Elected officials in Washington can't even pass a budget anymore, much less agree on politically tough choices about taxes and spending.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission
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  1. rob522

    Failure should suprise no one....when Republicans signed their allegiance to Grover Norquist and not the American people.

    November 21, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Nash

    Our politcians are a failure and evidently we are in for some serious hardship as a country before any changes are going to be made. I cannot imagine what four more years of our inept President would do to this country but the combination of destructive policies and devisive politics will make it even worse. All I can say is I am glad I saved my money because I think I will need a lot to live on and and equal amount to capitalize on the decimation that is in our future.

    November 21, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The Republicans have often stated that they want deep spending cuts without any new tax revenues. A compromise strongly suggests tax revenues. Lack of a compromise by the committe means automatic deep spending cuts without any new tax revenues.

    The whole idea for the supercommitte was born out of the Republican objections to raising the debt ceiling. They proposed the whole thing, sequestrations and all. It was written to be a political win-win for Republicans. Now that people can clearly see through the gamesmanship, the Republicans are trying to blame Democrats for a failure to find compromise. Where the definition of compromise seems to be to do it the Republican way.

    November 21, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. BJ

    I am not impressed and this does not come as a shock to me. The Republicans will bring this country down before they stand for a Black man to win 2012. They are working from all angles: (1) the ballot box; (2) changing voting laws taking the country back to the 1950's; (3) rigging the elections (i.e., Florida and Ohio); and, (4) doing what they do best – twist the truth. So, am I impressed with their antics? No, this is how they do it. My question is what are you going to do about it Dems? Back down like you did in Florida, Ohio and more recently in the rigged election in Wisconsin for the Supreme Court judge there? What are you going to do Democrats?

    November 21, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    There's no question America needs to deal with the very real threat to our nation's future, $15 trillion worth of debt. No terrorist ever posed this much of a threat to us.

    So let's look at the competing plans. The Republicans have presented the Ryan Path to Prosperity which grows the economy and reduces the debt. On the other hand we have the Democratic Plan which is...that uh... hey, the Democrats have no plan!

    I guess the Democratic plan is to drive it up to $25 trillion before they come up with a plan?!?!

    November 21, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    The GOP purposely selected 6 centrist appointees in the hope to negotiate a compromise. Democrat appointees are left-wing Liberals that stuck their eliteist noses up at over 300 Billion dollars in GOP recommended revenues generated by the removal of IRS write offs and loopholes that the "so-called one percent" would have contributed! Today alone, the Stock Market today lost 600 Billion dollars in wealth. Now Obama has more campaign ammo to add to his ongoing diatribe of GOP vs. DNC, Rich vs. Poor, Americans vs. Americans. The Grand Socialist-in-Chief is the happiest man in Washington tonight! The Great Divider will prioritize on this and other derisive campaigning to keep his unquestionable accountability out of the public eye regarding the total mess we're in today. Our National Debt is increasing 64 Billion every 24 hours yet this Bozo wants to borrow and spend more! Change we can NOW believe in for sure! Please wake up to what this anti-business, tax and spend Socialist and the Washington Liberals supporting him are doing to the Country we all love!

    November 21, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. AZ Dem

    Its funny watching all of the Right-wing talking points being spewed in this forum. The Democrats have a plan and President Obama has a plan. The GOP rejected them. Whether it was a party line vote in the house or a fillibuster in the Senate the Republicans have fundamentally said they don't believe in ANYTHING the Democrats want to do, and the voting public confirmed their behavior by voting them into a majority in the House. They feel they are doing what they were sent to D.C. to do. Now 2012 will determine who has the agenda the majority of Americans wish to follow.

    November 21, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. BigJim

    the was five trillion when clinton left office and TEN TRILLION when bush left with the economy on verge of total collapse thanks to TWO WARS WITH MONEY BORROWED FROM CHINA, UNFUNDED MEDICARE DRUG PLAN TO HELP HIS BIG PHARM DONORS AND BIG TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY GOP DONORS.
    GOP YOU MUST ACCEPT END OF BUSH TAX CUTS IN ORDER TO PAY FOR YOUR 2001- 2008 SPENDING. PERIOD!

    November 21, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. BigJim

    the DEBT was FIVE TRILLION when clinton left office and TEN TRILLION when bush left with the economy on verge of total collapse thanks to TWO WARS waged WITH MONEY BORROWED FROM CHINA, UNFUNDED MEDICARE DRUG PLAN TO HELP HIS BIG PHARM DONORS AND BIG TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY GOP DONORS.
    GOP YOU MUST ACCEPT END OF BUSH TAX CUTS IN ORDER TO PAY FOR YOUR 2001- 2008 SPENDING. PERIOD!

    November 21, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Larry L

    The Grover Norquist fans want America to fail. The Republicans sworn to support him will do anything to discredit the President, including destruction of the American economy.

    As the Social Security checks fail to come, the Department of Defense grinds to a halt, and Medicare stops providing healthcare insurance for the elderly, those Tea Party radicals can explain it to America.

    November 21, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    AZ Dem
    ...The Democrats have a plan and President Obama has a plan.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Raising taxes is not a plan. Are you privvy to something they haven't released to the rest of us yet?

    November 21, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "The Republicans have presented the Ryan Path to Prosperity which grows the economy and reduces the debt"

    More manure talking points from our favorite GOBP deathcult member. The Ryan plan would be a disaster and certainly would NOT "grow the economy." Instead, it would destroy it. You Foxbots are apparently intellectually incapable of accepting that tax cuts for the filthy rich do NOT "grow the economy." And privatization and vouchers are just more corporate welfare for the 1%ers. If you really want to blow your mind (doubt you have one, though) check out the progressive plan to reduce the deficit and grow the economy. It's far more practical and realistic than the deathcult's unicorn dreams and fairydust.

    November 21, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Larry L

    @Keith in Austin

    "The GOP purposely selected 6 centrist appointees in the hope to negotiate a compromise."
    -----------------------------------------
    You consider Joh Kyl a centrist? This guy said he'd walk away from the committee if Defense cuts were on the table. Can you name any of the members who would even consider tax increases for the wealthy? What kind of negotiation starts with one side agreeing to absolutely nothing except the magnitude of the other side's concessions? Don't they have anything but Fox News in Austin?

    November 21, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. THE LONE OKIE

    Cut across the board, no exceptions. Kick Grandma out in the streets. Purge the eivil out of everyone, pain is good.

    November 21, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    You get what you vote for. Thanks for Nov 2010, morons.

    November 21, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Soooo, watch how fast CNN fails to report that the deficit goes away by 2015 or so if Congress does NOTHING. That's right...let those Bush tax cuts expire, don't pass doc fixes etc....do NOTHING...and poof, no deficit in a couple years. The math doesn't lie. But you see, putting that kind of analysis and the charts that help explain it front and center would really make it hard to keep the alarm bells ringing so the GOP/Teatrolls can continue running around like their hair is on fire screaming and yelling and behaving like the apocalypse is tomorrow....and, thus, would make it hard for CNN and the rest of the MSM to keep sensationalizing all of it.

    November 21, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Butler

    Its only going to get harder for those on the lower end of the financial spectrum. We are divided as a country and our lack of leadership from either party does not lend much hope. Partisanship is alive and well. We would be better off just splitting the country in two between red and blue states.

    November 21, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. New Age Independent

    The Democrats have tried to use this committee as a forum for another tax and spend plan. The Republicans even offered as much as 640 Billion in tax hikes, but this was even nixed by Democrats. Why? because they want to spend more! The cycle never ends, get more then spend more, then they want even more still. It's sheer lunacy. The average American knows better. This line of thinking by Democrats cannot continue and it completely irresponsible.

    November 21, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. David M

    "That's right...let those Bush tax cuts expire, don't pass doc fixes etc....do NOTHING...and poof, no deficit in a couple years."

    Your kidding right. I thought you were smart. Our idiotic politicians would never let that happen. You would have a better chance of winning the lottery than our government officials doing NOTHING destructive for a couple of years.

    November 21, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Tired of the nonsense

    Of course it was going to fail. The GOP are only interested in not allowing anything good to happen to this country. They want this country to fail and have been working towards that end for over the last 12 years.

    November 21, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Patrick from Minnesota

    Every American who voted Republican shares blame for the "super' commitee's failure. The Democrats have agreed to several compromise plans of both tax reversions (repealing the Bush tax cuts) AND spending cuts. Wheras the Republicans have their feet in their mouths by not accepting any tax increases, even if it's a comprimise! I hope the Republicans have enjoyed their power, since they'll be back in their rightful minority status on November 7th next year...

    November 21, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Mikey

    @Keith in Austin
    "The GOP purposely selected 6 centrist appointees in the hope to negotiate a compromise."
    *************************************************
    Are you a comedian by trade???? Really??? 6 centerists??? Each of whom signed the Norquist pledge and refused to consider any tax increases as part of the solution, even on those who have benefited greatly over the past three decades while seeing their tax rates slashed over and over??? Really???

    Please give me a break. AZ Dem is right. The right wing nut taliking points are in full bloom here.

    Let's see one of you righties endorse a plan that slashes $3T in expenditures and increases revenues by $1.5T (80% from the top 1%) over 10 years. That's a 2-1 ratio. Come on endorse it or admit you do not want a balanced approach. The problem is that the Republicans in Congress are afraid of the Tea Party extremists, Grove Norquist, and the uber-rich and mega corporations who own them.

    November 21, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Don't forget that the whole debt ceiling debacle restarts in January.

    November 21, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Mikey

    @THE LONE OKIE
    Cut across the board, no exceptions. Kick Grandma out in the streets. Purge the eivil out of everyone, pain is good.
    *********************************************
    Does that include taxes from the wealthy. Is pain good for them, too??? or just for the poor and middle class???

    November 21, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. madmadda

    Jared Lee loughner had it right Make a difference! Shoot a member of congress today Bullets,not Ballots are the only hope of ever getting these thieves in buisness attire to get back to serving the people

    November 21, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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