A Lucifer Panini?
August 1st, 2011
07:23 PM ET
9 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. OneOfTheSheep

    Look at it as the glass half full or half empty.

    For the first time in recent memory the American people have gotten Washington's attention. There is FINALLY the genuine possibility of NEGATIVE government growth because everyone is now aware that the "money tree" is bare for the foreseeable future! The traditional "culture" of Washington and ever more government and spending is "on the line".

    Just think! Politicians are going to have to PRIORITIZE, and then stand in the winds that then blow. I find this both amazing and highly encouraging for the future of the country. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    August 1, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. Kevin

    That's what I was waiting for. The Speaker of the Parasites likens this to the devil. What does that tell the rest of us? It tells us that the days of the "Satan Sandwich" are here and this mouse of a man is hiding massive spending entitlements for which we have all paid for decades, behind "the poor, aged, vulnerable" usual Democrat screen of fear and race baiting.

    I am now convinced that we, as a nation, are turning in the right direction; it is time to put some responsible, accountable behavior in a large percentage of our population, who have had a free ride for too long.

    August 1, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. Zee

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

    And THAT i religions job, not a Government's job.

    August 1, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. AGuest9

    I agree with the guy not knowing what to vote. If you care about this country and it's people, you're damned if you do, and damned if you don't I just wish he didn't have to bring his imaginary friends into the fray.

    August 1, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. patricio

    mr. cleaver just came up with a great band name

    August 2, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. shaeneqa

    taking away student aid? satan would love that

    August 2, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  7. Tanbiker2

    If memory serves, Emanuel Cleaver is Eldridge Cleaver's son. Eldridge was one of the prime movers of the Black Panther movement and he spent quite a bit of time in prison as a result. Frankly, I didn't recall that Eldridge had a son, but I'm sure there are a lot of little black bunnies running about there who are getting a bit long in the tooth. Apparently, little Emanuel still hasn't learned the differnce between trying to harm America or help her. Sad, given that he has been in Congress for a while and claims to be a democrat.

    August 2, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  8. Marry

    Congressional Black Caucus chair Emanuel Cleaver is soooo correct! And I can feel with him. The result of the GOP/TP “compromise” will be a disaster for so many and party time for a few. If people do not understand by now what the GOP/TP are all about, than they can’t be helped. How can a party demonstrate more forcefully that they do not care for people but only for money?

    August 2, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  9. kat

    Guess you can"t campaign on more $$$$ for your district now. Games over! Just a start, let's get control in 2012 and straighten this mess out.

    August 2, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  10. fernace

    I've said it before & I'll say it again, "don't touch our necessity programs!" The working class Americans who pay for these programs from every1 of their paychecks, Own them! Not rich, Republican politicians who think that $$ is up for grabs, & they can use it for whatever they feel like! There are plenty of other areas to cut from, or to get $ that should be paid, but is hiding in a "loop hole" sanctioned by the same people who want to take my security away from me & my family! Just wait til November, all this unscrupulous wrangling will still be fresh in our minds & we will vote to Fire the lot of you!!

    August 2, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  11. Mike D

    I have a feeling this entire deal is a merely a move in a larger chess game.

    August 2, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  12. WTF?

    The only people that thinks America would default for the first time is Democrats! Wall St would not allowed a default. But, Democrats played in to this fake hysteria and now the country is about to turn in to "Hoover Town".
    No Jobs + No Revenue = Hoover Town Democrats. Fired up and ready to stay home!

    August 2, 2011 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  13. jesse

    I have to laugh at this. Dark humor, but still humor for me. They wanna make cuts? Have them cut out stuff like those special supersecret gyms that are exclusive to both comgress men/women and senitors. You know the ones? The ones with the giant high def. flat screens and such in them that were made all so publicised by the Wiener incident. How about them takeing a pay cut themselves since they insist on acting like a bunch of 10 year old girls..... I'm sorry, that was insulting to the little girls.

    August 2, 2011 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  14. Cory

    Why vote for something that's "not good" then?
    I've heard so many other ideas that were better than this one like Oh Idk

    1. Debt forgiveness
    2. Tax the Rich
    3. Stop spending so much
    4. Get the troops outta the middle east
    and so many more...I've heard so many ideas being thrown around why are we choosing something that the majority is uncomfortable with? I don't like this "satan-sandwich" and I want the country I have grown up in to get out of the hell they are putting themselves in.

    August 2, 2011 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  15. deployedmarine

    Another crazy person like Michele Bachmann, just this one is on the opposite side of the aisle. Well since he is also a Methodist Minister I guess he can preach about the "Satan Sandwich" on Sunday too...really convenient for him.

    August 2, 2011 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  16. Amber

    Washington needs a balanced budget amendment so that the people can be somewhat protected in the future from runaway spending, mostly on the left, but also on the right. This is common sense. Do DEMS really think the people are willing to give them a blank check forever? Are THEY that stupid? Cuts need to happen. We don't need govt telling us when we can use the toilet!!!! We can and will take care of ourselves. Those who choose to do so, that is. When the SHTF you better believe we won't be helping out our DEM neighbors because they are who put us in this position over the decades. They can starve due to the famine that will come and the high cost of food due to the higher taxes on BIG BUSINESS-the enemy of the left. It angers me that the left doesn't have the capacity to see the big picture. The dirty little secret is the re-distribution of wealth DOESN'T distribute to the POOR. It distributes to the ELITE and GOVT. The govt takes all and then decides who gets what or nothing. Great system, huh???? Think twice before electing any DEM because we are closer than ever to loosing all of our freedoms and liberties that many have died preserving (except for DEMS, they're against wars, even necessary ones). They never seem to fulfill any patriotic duties in the military, but leave that to others to take care of them even though they complain bitterly about it.

    August 2, 2011 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  17. Terry

    Since the Middle Class, Elderly, and Poor make up the majority of the country, these groups must take the full brunt of this deal. The days of the Middle Class making a good wage are over. The Elderly are going to be hit hard with restructuring of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The Poor, well the Poor will now understand how it feels to live as a Third World Minority, with a US Address. All in all, it worked out well for the wealthy. The tax code will not change much, if at all. Wall Street will make another trillion dollars, since the valuation of the market dropped that much over the last eight days. Way to go Congress. Day Traders will be doing just fine after the Senate Vote.

    August 2, 2011 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  18. john

    I have to agree with Rep. Cleaver The Teabaggers were able to push through what they wanted and put the average american on the list to have their lives punished to satisfy The Rich!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Again this president shows that he has no backbone can't stand for his principles.I was a voting Democrat now I am a Independent.

    August 2, 2011 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  19. CarmenSo

    The Republicans do not care at all for this country. You can not compromise with someone that is willing to destroy the entire country.

    August 2, 2011 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  20. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    "This deal is a sugar-coated Satan sandwich," he said. "If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."
    The same can be said of the entitlement society you've turned this country into.

    August 2, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  21. Rebound

    He's right. He nailed it. I have come to realize that the only solution for me, and I emphasize ME, is to simply get out, get off the speeding train to now where. The country, as it stands, is too far gone.

    August 2, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  22. Henry

    I am a Democrat but I cannot believe Mr. Cleaver and the rest of the Democrats. Where have your voices been during the past two years. You are all a bunch of cowards. At least pretend to be like the Republicans and stand together so you give each other cover. You will never be successful as those Republicans crooks unless you start working together for the greater good of the people. WHERE HAVE YOU DEMOCRATS BEEN?

    August 2, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  23. Tony in Maine

    It's unfortunate that a media shallower than Great Bay in seacoast NH has chosen to make fun of Mr. Cleaver's comment. It's also unfortunate that Mr. Cleaver used those words to describe continued Republican rape and pillage of the American economy on behalf of their corporate masters.

    August 2, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  24. John Richardson

    How many economies of European social democracies do you have to see before you realize that government is already far too huge and the spending party is over? And yes, that includes such favorite spending items of the right as a sprawling military and the drug war, etc. Both parties have been gobbling down Satan sandwiches galore for many decades now as they built their respective spending empires. The suckiest thing about the current bill is that there is no provision to hold any of the wastrels accountable for the massive damage they have already done.

    August 2, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. Ken

    Democrats are so funny. Look how carefully they use the words "Revenue Enhancements" instead of the words which kill political careers "TAX increases". Of course Cleaver was one of those who supported getting rid of ALL the Bush era tax cuts. That includes the one that went to the middle class. Sure the tax on those making over $250,000 would earn about $70 Billion a year if removed. But Cleaver salivates at how the remaining tax cuts for those making under $250,000 a year would earn $300 Billion a year if removed. At least that's what the CBO says. But that's what Cleaver wants. Avoid making changes to any programs or trying to control costs. Simply eliminate all the Bush era tax cuts, and eliminate certain deductions or industry related subsidies on supposed fat cats ... there's $400 Billion a year to start, or around $4.6 Trillion over 10 years (with a 3% assumed GDP per year growth). That's his plan. Tax them to pay for everything then tax them some more to give even more services. Turn all men into wage slaves to good old Uncle Sam.

    August 2, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
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