Super Committee Comes Up For Air

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Deficit Reduction Super Committee holds meeting. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

The Joint Deficit Reduction "Super Committee," put in charge with finding $4 trillion to cut from the deficit, held their fifth public meeting on Tuesday. But the fate of the Super Committee remains unclear as it is unlikely they will come to consensus any time soon. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, says the hearing was both a pep talk to the committee but also partly a threat. There is a lot riding on them to succeed and a lot of heads could roll if they fail.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

Angel from Miami, FL

The national debt increased due to deregulation of financial institutions, funding two wars and weapons research, and giving tax breaks to the rich.

Add to that our push to get corporations using Chinese cheap labor and you get a fat book called "How to Shoot Your Own Foot." That's mostly the work of Republicans. It's what they do.

Nov. 03 2011 10:12 AM
listener

Where was the "no brainier" high handed lectures from our "intrepid" journalists for two years when the Democrats controlled the Congress and Executive branch when the 14 trillion dollar debt was being increased and high unemployment was ignored in favor of the unpopular Obamacare?
Where was the "super committee" when the Republicans were in the minority? No effort to compromise then, was there?

No mention from our "intrepid" hosts that the findings of the Simpson/Bowles commission was ignored by our "intrepid" President? Did he fail the country while offering a joke budget that was defeated in the Senate 97-0?

Again, it was the Democratic Party leadership that created this unprecedented massive debt that is saddling the current Congress with the full support of the President. Is he listening to talk of the US "being a second rate power" and was that part of the fundamental transformation of the United States of America he promise? Many found that remark "chilling" while his vapid supporters were cheering and now we are supposed to blame a 10th month Republican majority in the House that actually provided a budget and spending plans.

Unlike the Occupy (whatever) mess being played out, the Tea Party was a legitimate political movement that sounded the alarm bells on the economy for three years and they were viciously slandered and defamed by the same journalists wringing their hands today wondering what happened.

Nov. 02 2011 10:47 AM

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