Entries Tagged as 'Supercommittee'

Super Failure

November 21st, 2011 at 3:32 pm 62 Comments

“Failure is not an option.”

“Well, clinic maybe it is.”

Such sums up the work of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (JSC) formed last August with the task of finding $1.2-1.5 trillion in deficit savings during the next decade.

Some sort of cobbled-together semi-deal may emerge from talks Monday afternoon, cialis sale but it will be far from $1.2 trillion in real savings. Worse, JSC’s abject failure leaves Congress with a 45 day period in which to address or postpone serious issues.

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The Republican Supercommittee Offer

David Frum November 18th, 2011 at 11:00 am 70 Comments

Question for the supercommittee:

Suppose the real purpose of this exercise is to frame the choice for 2012. Dems are offering the country a path to budget balance that relies heavily on tax increases. Republicans are offering a path that relies more heavily on spending cuts.

OK, got it.

If that’s the goal, shouldn’t the Republicans be seeking to make their version of the choice as appealing as possible to as many people as possible?

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Will the Super Committee Act Out of Fear?

October 7th, 2011 at 5:30 pm 6 Comments

“Messiness” has been a prime characteristic of legislation since the days of Solon. So, cheap the mess surrounding the operations of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and Congress’ “work” on a jobs bill shouldn’t surprise anyone. What does always seem to surprise observers almost every single time is when the messiness turns into legislation.

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