Super committee: Who are these guys?
August 11th, 2011
01:16 PM ET
11 years ago

Super committee: Who are these guys?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - They are the "super committee" - and they have a lot of work to do.

Almost all men - they are the 12-member panel charged with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in debt savings over a ten-year period.


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  1. Huubris

    10 old white guys, the token African American and the token female. I am by no means advocating for affirmative action. Just an observation.

    Having nothing at all to do with my above statement, I wonder what they'll accomplish.

    August 11, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    "super committee"..........baaaaaaaahahahahahaha, now that's funny, "super committee". Maybe if Sen. John Kerry, the richest member of Congress by the way, threw in some of his $186.6 MILLION that would help with the $1.5 TRILLION in debt savings. Now what's that I hear about "spreading the wealth"?

    August 11, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Almost all men"

    Let's be a little more accurate. The GOP nominated all white men. The Dems nominated mostly men, but it's at least somewhat of a diverse group.

    The GOP nominated one person who looks to be someone who could possibly compromise, but even he hasn't done so yet. The Dems nominated 6 people who have all expressed and acted on their willingness to compromise in the past few months.

    BTW, Camp is a tax expert who was sent there to give the superficial appearance of legitimacy and weight to whatever misinformation campaign talking points the GOP decides to generate in its efforts to prevent any revenue raising provisions whatsoever from being considered.

    This whole thing is stillborn and will get nowhere as a result of the GOP choosing some of the biggest ideolgoues from its ranks to negotiate in bad faith, draw lines int he sand, insist on eviscerating Medicare and SS in hopes they can spread some of the blame for it to the Dems and, basically, to use the whole thing as an opoprtunity to grandstand about the economy and taxes, create more uncertainty and instability in the economy and thereby stall recovery, and use the whole thing as another attempt to hold the middle-class and poor hostage. I predict the first GOP tantrum and walk-away from the negotiating table will happen by mid-October (probably Toomey or Hensarling)....and it will happen because (a) the Dems insist on the approach being balanced and a compromise by including revenues and (b) the Dems will protect Medicare and SS BENEFITS from the GOP's blatant attempts to destroy the New Deal.

    August 11, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. gt

    they will all be hero"s or goats when this is done

    August 11, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. diridi

    Banks are out...they all look like manipulators....o.k, Fix, you need to tax who make more than 250k or more...

    August 11, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. FM

    I hope the super committee will produce the superb results!

    August 11, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Almost all men – they are the 12-member panel charged with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in debt savings over a ten-year period.
    I thought their mission was to find debt *reduction*, not debt *savings*.

    August 11, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    So cutting $150/BILLION a year from a yearly spend rate of $3.7 TRILLION is going to be difficult???? Are you SERIOUS???!!! This should be the EASY stuff to cut!! Give me a week and I'll come up with TWICE that amount to cut. This amount to a 4% reduction. Cut 5-6% from everything except SS, veterans benefits and military salaries.

    But somehow I think these "cuts" will all be back loaded to the last 3 years and then never happen. More smoke and mirrors that will leave the country bankrupt.

    August 11, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. TYpicalman

    Wait a freaking minute... there is something wrong with the republican picks... There is no Woman or any Non-white person picked on the committee... Oh heck i 4got the pub party is a party of WHITE MEN ONLY.

    August 11, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. New England Independent

    My goodness 12 people who do not have a clue of what the average american is dealing with. It is WE THE PEOPLES fault for not electing a congress that is truly representative of the people. Stop electing the rich and privileged and send hard woking, responsible, MODERATE middle class men and women to Capitol Hill.

    August 11, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    I say the 12 members should be complelled to vote "Aye" on any solution that they reach. Make whatever deals, compromises, and agreements they reach count for something.

    August 11, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    ONE WOMAN – that's the problem!!!!!! But at least the BLUE TEAM is diverse covering all grounds!!!

    Whenever you see Boehner making statements to the press, all you see behind him are MEN – WHITE MEN (especially CAN'Tor who we will FIGHT to get out of office). Every once in a while they would put a couple of women in the background but they will NEVER speak. The RED team could not get at least ONE WOMAN on the panel?????? Jeez!!

    All in all, I hope the entire committee will come together to FIX the problems of America. And once again, President Obama is pushing for bipartisan and compromise – which is the beginning!!

    I just heard that there are 3 Million jobs available in America – The question was, "why are 14 million Americans out of work?" Maybe the "committee" should start by finding out why those JOBS are not filled!!!

    August 11, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    No, they are notmsupermen/one woman.
    The teatards has chosen6 members who signed a pledge not to raise taxes for the rich.
    Thzt zutomztically makes them anti middle class, thd poor and the 82% of Americans polled who want the millionaires to pay their fair share.
    Once again, 98% vs 3% of erroneous planned parenthood kyl does not make me think that this committee will do a darn thing!! I hope they prove me wrong, but after what the teatards put us through withnthe debt ceiling and as I watch my 401k taking another hit thanks to the rethugs I am not feeling very positive.

    August 11, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. EarnYourOwn

    All these Politicians look lihe they have been there awhile. Why would you nominate a whole bunch of people who lead this country to the mess it is in as the people tasked to fix it? Where are the new blood Repubs and Dems that we saw debating during the recent discussions. Thos Politicians actually seemed to have new ideas to fix this mess we are in. Not these wind bags all over again.

    August 11, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    I love this. Check out the diversity among the Democrats...a woman, an African American, and a Latino. Once again, the Republicans are the middle-aged white guys' club.....especially whenever there is something important to discuss.

    August 11, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. JASON

    I love it! Look at the variety of culture this group is made up of, oh my bad that was just the democrats. Republicans continue to show America their TRUE COLORS!

    August 11, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Sorensen

    Yet another political farce. Those 12 jokers will never agree to anything substantial. Never.
    So why do we keep accepting these idiots who are trying to run the country?
    When does somebody responsible stand up and say enough is enough??
    The president??

    August 11, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |