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Washington Fails Us Again

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    The crack committee has failed:

  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Let's see. Once again, one side bitches about the deficit, then when offered a plan that would reduce it even more, but would require the wealthy to pay more in taxes, it's a no go.

    Yep, sounds about right.
  3. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    Incredibly inept people.
  4. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I think there is enough blame to go around on both sides.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member


    Congress punts. Committee fails. Obama is silent.

    The "cuts" which aren't scheduled to kick in until 2013 -- conveniently after the next election -- will never happen.
  6. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    And the can gets kicked down the road again.

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  7. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    No. This bipartisan equivalency bullshit is just that. This is about one side digging in its heels and refusing to accede to reality. Although Democrats are not blameless, that the solution must include tax increases is obvious to anyone with more than three functioning brain cells. This is not a 50/50 situation, and it never has been.
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    But to say it's both parties' fault sounds so... so.... "fair and balanced."
  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Please note: All this means is that no REPLACEMENT deficit reduction has been proposed to substitute for the 1.2 trillion in budget cuts which will automatically come into effect in 2013. It's only after Congress gets rid of the defense half of the cuts and then enacts further tax cuts by extending the Bush tax cuts forever -- as will happen like clockwork next year -- that it's fair to say it failed.
    But why even pretend anyone cares about the deficit? Given their choice of losing Medicare and Social Security benefits or the deficit, Americans are going to say, deficit forever! At this point, if Martians invaded Kansas, the Republicans would oppose tax increases to pay for interplanetary war.
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    The committee is split 50 - 50 right?

    I think the Simpson / Bowles recommendations were the best way to go.
    Obama should have got behind them.
  11. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    This development is "news" in the sense that the next full moon will be on Dec. 10 is news. As soon as they announced the makeup of the committee -- equal parts political matter and anti-matter -- it should have been obvious to anyone with three functioning brain cells that no agreement would be reached.
  12. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    To reiterate. The political party that enacts the Simpson-Bowles recommendations will lose the next election in a landslide that'd make McGovern and Mondale feel better. Every public opinion poll, and there have been hundreds, show that overwhelming majorities not only oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, but do so with almost violent anger. The only budget proposals to gain majority support are cutting foreign aid (picayune) and increasing taxes on rich people, which in a country ruled by rich people is impossible.
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