A Lucifer Panini?
August 1st, 2011
07:23 PM ET
10 years ago

A Lucifer Panini?

Washington (CNN) – It's not likely to be found on any Washington-area menus soon. Congressional Black Caucus chair Emanuel Cleaver blasted the final debt deal brokered between congressional leadership and President Obama on Twitter as a "Satan sandwich" Monday.

"This deal is a sugar-coated Satan sandwich," he said. "If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."

The four-term Missouri Democrat continued his Twitter diatribe against the deal to raise the amount of money the nation can borrow and make a down payment on the federal deficit saying, "This debt deal is antithetical to everything the great religions of the world teach, which is take care of the poor, aged, vulnerable."

A Satan sandwich is not a tasty deal, Cleaver affirmed during an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room." And it's worse when it's been sprinkled with Potomac River water.

The deal provides for a bi-partisan congressional committee tasked with making long-term fiscal reforms that may include spending cuts as well as tax revenues. If the committee does not come to an agreement by the end of the year, a congressional vote on adding a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution will take place. If the amendment is not passed, massive cuts to defense spending and entitlement programs will be made, hitting key programs for both Democrats and Republicans.

Cleaver was especially irked by this provision, tweeting, "A special 'super Congress' to provide recs on cuts but not increases? Who said what we need in Washington is another committee?"

He's so irked that leading up to the House vote Cleaver was undecided about which way he'd vote and unclear about the road forward in Congress.

"I think we've got to figure out how we continue to govern in an atmosphere like we have here where everybody is nasty to each other and there's no compromise," he said. "We're here in Washington having fact-free debates."

Frustrated with what he views as a lack of any Democratic wins in the deal, Cleaver continued, "Republicans got everything they wanted out of this deal. They got everything they wanted except for the Democratic donkey."

The Satan sandwich may be absent from menus for now, but the not-so-tasty treat lives–on Twitter. It is now today's version of the Bronx Zoo snake with its own Twitter handle, @SatanSandwich, and it's own tweets: "Remember. If you don't pass me, people get hurt. If you do pass me, people get hurt. Hey... #WinWin."

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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. LouAz

    "everything the great religions of the world teach", thus excluding him from anything to do with the Government of the United States of America. What BS !

    August 1, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Clwyd

    It was more of a pork sandwich since the millionaires and billionaires get to keep their loopholes and their average tax of 17% while the rest of us foot the bills without any new revenue that would only take away their loopholes.

    August 1, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. a point of view

    I could not agree more with Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver. It appears to come down to voting for the least of the two evils. I heard a report that the three primary reasons for the current economic quagmire did not include (#4) Medicare/ Social Security/ Welfare.

    1. Iraq and Afghanistan Wars- essentially borrowed or credit card money
    2. The 2001 Tax Cuts
    3. The Crash of the Housing Market and Recession.
    * These events amount to circa $10 trillion dollars lost in the last decade or so.
    In all three cases the federal government generated less and less revenue to operate on.

    I'm beside myself when I hear politicians talking about cutting everything and just expecting the federal government to function on little to no revenue. When someone figures out how to improve our infrastructure (highways, bridges, High Speed Rail/ Intra rail, etc.) without raising taxes, let me know.

    The federal government is there to enforce what the state can't do on its own power. The United States needs to stay united! We may vote divided, but we do not have to operate dysfunctional.

    August 1, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Jeff in Illinois

    The GOP didn't get your Democratic donkey because they HANDED you your donkey.
    Obama is Jimmy Carter dressed as a black man continuing all the policies of George W. Bush. I can't figure out why the Republicans don't love him. He gives them everything they want. Even the health care thing is based on a GOP plan. Who's that guy? Oh, yeah, Romney, they guy in the lead.
    Obama stands for nothing so he falls for everything.

    August 1, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Roger Noe

    Thank you Emanuel Cleaver for having the backbone Barack Obama lacks.

    August 1, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. Albert

    Hey.. it's Richard Pryor and a the legend of 'The Broodwich'!

    August 1, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. scott

    He's correct, Obama caved to the GOP once more.

    August 1, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. anonCNN

    "This debt deal is antithetical to everything the great religions of the world teach..."

    I stopped reading after this quote.

    August 1, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. adam

    This man wants to talk morals. Thou shalt not covet. Heard of that one, Mr. Cleaver? Taking from the rich and giving to the underprivileged is rooted in covetousness. Trying to even things out where everyone gets an even slice of the pie has not only been proven to fail throughout history, it's based on a desire wanting what your neighbor has.

    Shame upon you, sir.

    August 1, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Singinglute

    It is the hard left ("leave it to Beaver" Cleaver) and the tin- foil wearing tea party on the right that is driving America into the sewer of a 3rd rate country at a time when Russia and China are surging and leaving America behind. You have to compromise and comments like this one only make matters worse

    August 1, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Chipster

    I couldn't agree more with Rep. Cleaver. Republicans insisted that the rich must not be taxed but they are determined to TAX Social Security recipients by cutting their benefits. That's a TAX, clear and simple, a TAX on the most vulnerable people in our society. Seniors have had no cost of living increase in 2 years. Unfunded Bush mandates to the states have increased state and local taxes and seniors are hit the hardest. Social Security recipients PAID for their benefits for decades. Those funds belong to them. Cutting their benefits is the cruelest TAX of all and you have to know that it's coming because Democratic leaders have no courage and have abandoned their principles. They couldn't do more damage if they were working for the Republican Party. Maybe they are. This President has been such a disappointment.
    Changing to Republican values is not what we had expected when we voted for him.

    August 1, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. A Real American

    Hahaha. The American middle class just got exactly what it deserves. Enjoy losing your retirement and homes, b!tches. Your grandbabies will thank you while they're killing brown people on the other side of the world over fresh water. Thanks, President Obama, for selling us all out to your corporate masters.

    August 1, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. sconch

    Hey, watch it! What about the separation of church and state?

    August 1, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. stephen

    More divisive talk. That's why I left the Democratic party. If they lose, the result is unprofessional characterizations.

    August 1, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Sounds like Healthcare

    "Republicans got everything they wanted out of this deal. They got everything they wanted except for the Democratic donkey." .... I didn't here this gentleman sound off when the (D)s rammed healthcare down the (R)'s throat .... I bet the Nobel Peace committe feel like idiots now.

    August 1, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. Ron

    Christians and their satan. For once I'd like to see them take responsibility for their actions rather than blame it on satan, their religions creation, btw.

    August 1, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. stormsun

    Well, Mr. Cleaver – not to be mistaken for Wally's and the Beaver's dad – complains about the lack of civility in the debate. I am 100% in agreement with him and I applaud his courage in making this observation. Unfortunately, he goes on to be somewhat less than civil towards the "other" party (which I find equally guilty of incivility). But respectfully, I would point out to Mr. Cleaver that while the "great religions" of the world may declaim the obligation to take care of the poor, etc., that we DO THIS already to a greater extent than probably any nation in history. Furthermore, this is a secular nation, so justifying additional socialist programs in the name of the "great religions" (does Islam currently qualify? they used to be on the list...) well, that doesn't sit well with a lot of us who don't want a theocracy or anything resembling it – not even to the degree it already does – in America. I say these things with respect and courtesy, and I wish the Congressman well. Just my .02.

    August 1, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  18. todd

    This was covered on the Aqua Team Hunger Force. It was called the Broodwich.

    August 1, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't like the deal either, but the tea bag people don't care about the country. They only want one thing - shrinking the size of government no matter who it hurts because they seem to thing that government in all its forms is bad.

    August 1, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. M.A.

    Thank you Congressman Cleaver! It's like going through the drive through after work requesting they hold the pickles. Ya only discover your sandwich loaded with them and some oddball grabbed a smack of sugar at the last moment to make the joke somehow more palatable to go along with it. That's pretty much what this is like. A handful just had to have everything their way. You were hungry and decided to take a bite anyway later discovering it gives you a particularly bad upset stomach. Not a very good bill for the long-term. Arguably not a very good one in the short term either but out of desperation that was the only choice. Ha ha we not only ate peas spoiled ones at that. We even get a commission to market this stuff.

    August 1, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. farmerjeani

    Cleaver is absolutely right and its much harder on black people than white. blacks once had 16% of the wealth in this country and now that figure has shrunk to 9%. That means when you see a black person who is doing well, a disproportionate share of blacks are in abject poverty. I"M certainly not knocking those who have attained success, I am decrying the poor we have left behind, black, white, Hispanic, old people, single mothers and children. And now we are asking them to pay for the irresponsible behavior of past administrations. Trickle down economics doesn't work and never has. Republicans complain about tax and spend democrats, but that's how you get the economy moving, not by moving all the wealth into the hands of the already rich hoping they will hire an extra maid or two! Republicans aren't tax and spend, they are spend and go into debt, as they did in George W's administration when they raised the debt ceiling 16 times! What we need to do is raise revenues through taxes and use that money to create jobs and the taxes that the newly employed will pay will compensate for the creation of the jobs, plus save all of the money now being paid out in unemployment, medicaid, food stamps and aid to destitute families.

    August 1, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. Ramrod

    Thss is a democratic Kamakazi defense. If they don't win both houses and the presidency next election, the Tea-beggars and the Republicans will have a big party hosted by the billionaires.

    August 1, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. dirtydog1776

    "This debt deal is antithetical to everything the great religions of the world teach, which is take care of the poor, aged, vulnerable."

    I thought Democrats were for the separation of Church and State? Now they are invoking Christianity, Jesus and all sorts of religious stuff. I guess they can be religious when it suits their purpose, but don't try to mention the Bible or pray in school.

    August 1, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. dirtydog1776

    Democrats don't like it when they have opposition. They would rather pass bills and then read them. Easier that way.

    August 1, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  25. klangster

    damn right .............. Tax the rich to pay for THEIR wars. The wars are the rich peoples wars,but for the first time in history they are paid for and fought by the poor and middle class.

    August 1, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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