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. Josh

    More importantly, dude looks exactly like Richard Pryor. Can't you just hear Pryor..."Man, this is just all ate up like a Satan Sandwich."

    August 2, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Rsprings

    Do you think a Satan sandwich has hot mustard on it?
    You can say all you want about the Repubs being for the rich but which party do you think get sthe most money from the wealthy? Look it up. Also, It's an easy message for the DEMS to stand up and say spend more and more for those in need. It is a much harder thing to tell the truth that we are spending ourselves into oblivion. The US takes in about 3 Trillion dollars per year and we spend more than we take in. We have racked up a 14.7 trillion dollar debt that need to be paid. How will we d that if we continue on the path DEMS want us to take? When GM and Chrysler were spending more than they were bringing in those companies failed. It will happen to the USA. Wake up

    August 2, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Eric

    How dare those evil people who still have jobs keep their money!

    August 2, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Ieatthepizza

    Did he just compare the debt limit plan to the Broodwich?

    August 2, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. us1776

    No true Christian could possibly support this deal.

    It puts the burden of paying for past unpaid wars on the backs of the poor and the disabled.

    It gives the rich a "Get Out of Tax Free" card.

    It is an immoral deal with the devil !!


    August 2, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Sniffit

    And because of the GOP's hostage taking and delays, the US Tresury had to pay $1.7B MORE in interest today than it would have had to pay 2 weeks ago if the right wing extremists weren't purposefully trying to drive the boat into an iceberg.

    August 2, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Jack in Florida

    When the deal displeases both the left and the right, then you know you are on the right course. That being said, it is time for the wealthy to take a tax hike and contribute more to this great nation.

    August 2, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Ben

    Michigan Don – It's not "Your" Bible, it's "The" Bible. Perhaps you should try reading it.

    August 2, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Sniffit

    And because of the GOP's hostage taking and delays, the US Tresury had to pay $1.7B MORE in interest today than it would have had to pay 2 weeks ago if the right wing extremists weren't purposefully trying to drive the boat into an iceberg. Investors are demanding higher interest on their T-bills as a result of this purposefully manufactured ideological temper tantrum driven mess. Know what that means? Investors are getting an increased return on their T-bills as a result of the GOP setting the precedent for the first time in our history that it's ok to threaten default and engage in brinksmanship in an attempt to force the public to swallow your ideological agenda. Translation: millions and millions of extra interest dollars are being funnelled to Wall Street. "How to Use the Debt Ceiling to Force a Redistribution of Wealth to the Rich...for Dummies."

    August 2, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. DC Johnny

    You people are unbelievable. How did the rich "steal" these things from the poor? Our budget has ballooned by tens of percentage points in the past decade – and the evil wars are not even the start of it.

    For the federal government to grow so massively, so quickly, with wasteful spending and bureaucracies, and then to pretend it's the selfish wealthy who want to restrict it back to a normal, sustainable size is an outrageous misconstruing of what's happening.

    Still, no plans offered by the most vocal liberals. Pelosi doesn't have a way to pay for this. Neither does Maxine Waters. Neither does this Lucifer buffoon. He can't close the $1.5T annual spending gap. Nor does he want to. He wants unfunded handouts to continue eternally.

    UNSUSTAINABLE. Look it up.

    August 2, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Anthony Thompson

    I like this guy a lot! He's talking common sense. Bluntly, the way it should be.

    August 2, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Big_D

    Murdoch is feeding us the Koch sandwich. The rich have won the battle.

    August 2, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. John

    What a bunch of hypocritical comments from readers! So many of you decry Congress' ability to compromise, and yet your own comments are incredibly partisan. Before you castigate members of Congress, try taking a good hard look in the mirror since many of you have the same problem.

    Try to understand this: Neither Democrats nor Republicans are evil. They're not Dumocrats nor are they Rethuglicans. Pretty much everybody cares about the country, but we do have different beliefs about the best way to move forward. The problem is that rather than trying to find and expand the area of overlap between these two ideological circles, we're trying to get only our own "circle" of things funded. We need to work on strengthening this overlap area and get that working well, THEN try compromising or negotiating on the things unique to each side. But guys, hollering at each other, calling each other names, etc. on these blogs doesn't help anything. Listening respectfully (even when we disagree with each other) and seeking compromise is the only way we're going to get things done.

    August 2, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Ernie

    If the congressional Black Caucus who Obama needs who is not in favor in increasing the "Debt" if they leave him Obama would lose all their support. The Black Caucus is very strong in the black community. As of right not only 90% that's down from 96% of the black voters who will vote for Obama. If this number goes down any further Obama is goin go be in trouble.

    Black Caucus chair Emanuel Cleaver him self said raising the Debt Ceiling is a bad deal. When the Black Caucus goes aganist Obama then there is trouble brewing. I believe that Obama should be listening to Black Caucus chair Emanuel Cleaver but as everyone can see Obama isn't listing.

    One thing more while Obama was Campaigning for President he said that he would reduce the Debt by half in his first 4 years as Preaident. Not only is this a broken promise but he has increase the Debt by more than 3 trillion dollars. Obama thery is "Spend Baby Spend" I can see that Obama is following Geroge Soros instructions. The people who voted for Obama, sooner or later they are going to find out that they made a huge mistake for voting for Obama.

    August 2, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. hypatia

    He's right, but I think his speech writer is the Church Lady.

    August 2, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "and the evil wars are not even the start of it."

    You're right. The Bush tax cuts came before the wars.

    August 2, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. dutspup

    The goal is to destroy the dollar people, is still strong and this is just a delay here comith the Amero.

    August 2, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. BobZemko

    Always be sure and order a DIET Coke with a Satan Sandwich.

    August 2, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. RS, CA

    Wherever did this notion come from that government makes people rich or poor? People do that (to) themselves - they either work hard or slouch around waiting for a handout. Want to help others who truly need a hand up? Give generously via your religious affiliation or other philanthropic endeavors.

    August 2, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. S. In California

    I agree. I'm totally disappointed.

    August 2, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    @DC Johnny: Cut off farm subsidies to folks like Michelle Bachmann and her family ... cut multi-billion-dollar subsidies to oil companies who don't need it ... stop no-bid contracting to companies like Haliburton ... stop funding bridge-to-nowhere projects ... close tax loopholes that reward companies for shipping American jobs overseas ... collect taxes owed by American companies who off-shore their profits to avoid paying their fair share (even while they utilize American infrastructure)

    How about those ideas? If we collected all the taxes owed, our financial house would be a lot stronger.

    August 2, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. ZysPsyk

    Against everything that religions teach? So according to religion we have to take care of the poor and old? Well lets get with that separation of church and state..we will be much better off. Religious nutbag.

    August 2, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. madasheck

    Follow the money
    It is the wealthy that are robbing from the middle class
    And it is not a matter of "coveting their goods" its the FACT that the wealthy have rigged the system to steal from the rest of us. They cheat steal and change the law when they get caught
    So if they are cheat us we are not coveting!

    August 2, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Ralph

    Shame on any elected Democrat for not standing up to the selfish Tea Party bullies.

    The Democratic party has surrendered the best chance to restore taxes to realistic levels and thereby have the necessary tools to repair the damage caused by 8 years of President GW Bush policies.

    The Democrats "compromise" reminds me of Richard Chamberlain's placation of Adolph Hitler.

    President Obama, VETO this legislation, and then use your authority under the 14th amendment to raise the debt limit. THEN address the other critical issues to repair the destruction that resulted from GW Bush.

    Their kicking the can down the road will only make the inevitable that much harder.

    The Tea Party are mostly selfish bigots that don't realize they are assisting the rich Republicans exploitation of ALL of us!

    August 2, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. rsjacksonus

    Another unintelligent message from an unintelligent Congressperson. Seems to not be limited to either side these days.

    Some of these previous comments: GOP's fault. Obama's fault. Dem's fault. I'm tired of it. Someone previously alluded to the idea that a minority of the population is hijacking the majority. You know, that minority segment, despite some of their wrong beliefs, at least show that some people are willing to stand up for principles (even if they're wrong) rather than just complain. This debt ceiling showdown was necessary to get everybody to wake up to the fact that this country is in deep debt and nobody wants to do anything. I actually applaud those who stood up and nearly brought us to the brink because it got us to think. When you live in a country of consumerism driven citizens who live and thrive on celebrity and little ethical or moral positions, or basically a bunch of addicts, you have to have an intervention. Guess what, its here. Regardless of who started it or who brought it to our attention or some of the wrong things done recently, wake up. We all are going to have to come off this spending high at some point. So we're all gonna have to give. Get ready.

    August 2, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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