Rep. James Clyburn on the Super Committee

Friday, November 18, 2011

It's mid-November which means that most Americans are thinking about the home stretch towards Thanksgiving: packing bags, confirming reservations, looking up recipes. But in Washington, there's a whole different kind of scramble. This Wednesday, November 23, the bipartisan congressional "super committee" must come to a deal on a strategy to reduce the deficit or face serious penalties.

But at least one of the 12 members of that committee is expressing skepticism that they'll make it. Rep. James Clyburn is a Democrat of South Carolina. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, reports on the committee's latest activity from Washington.

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Nov. 23 2011 11:53 AM
mike howard

Body is required!
You and your partner (chicago thug-obama) allowed the super committee to come about rather than have the states elected officials DO THEIR JOBS.I have been disinfranchised and have no representatiion. Thanks to bumbbling fools like you (polititians). A frigging retard could find a trillion in cuts for one year no less 10 years and never hurt America. You and the other corrupt scum of the earth (politicians) are simply not seriousor credible but you are at the top of your game for corruption, elitism. If I had to choose, I would rather choose to spend my time with Jerry Sandusky than the even lower scum of the earth (a polatician). Politicians destroy everyones life (except there own-to busy enriching it) not just a few families like the unsavory Sandusky.
No energy policy in 40+ years. Lets see. If we drill here, build new refineries here then the jobs & payroll stays here. We also would send less money to those who hate us ( the same way America thinks of its politicians) and you would lower costs, put more money in to American pockets to spend on their families (the lifes you politicians have destroyed) again.
All positives. Unfortunately the bought and paid for corrupt steaming piles (politicians), are beholden to highest bidders not what is best for America. How you look in the mirror every day and not puke from seeing that steaming pile is beyond me.
You would almost be believable if you elitist steaming piles were on the same bancrupted health care system, social
security system (full of IOU's from scum-politicians).
Well it time for me to go.I'm now going to send Jerry Sandusky a note letting him know he is so lucky he is not a politician (then he would really be loathed). I'm so incensed at the self serving scum that is running my country into the ground. America first, not you scum (self serving politicians)

Nov. 21 2011 11:46 AM

If it is "vitally important" to cut the deficit than where was the media over the last four years when Pelosi nearly quadrupled the deficit and Obama added over 4 trillion to the debt? Where were they?

The media was viciously defaming and deriding the Tea Party who presciently warned of this mess with the same zeal they support the execrable OWS movement today and their thousands of arrests.
How can a thinking person support historic and massive over spending and than suddenly when political fortunes change demand dishonest cutting back and over taxing and then express amazement at why the economy is so bad? How can we pretend that Medicare and Social Security will be there forever when they are clearly going broke if nothing is done?

The same way they can demonize a law abiding movement trying to save the republic and then support a criminal one trying to destroy it.

"Shame" indeed.

Nov. 18 2011 11:22 AM
JP from Denver

Stalemate! Very disappointing. Expecting our representatives to be reasonable human beings instead of zombies of their party is too much to expect.

Nov. 18 2011 09:28 AM
Patrice Showers Corneli from Salt Lake City

Gee whiz! Your "take away" from the Clyburn interview was gratuitous as it ignored the wise and committed stance of the Congressman. Instead you used it to support the tired old line that the two parties are widely separated.

Clearly, polls tell us that most of us - including people like me who are fairly well to do - do not want to weaken entitlements to accommodate people like Grover Norquist.

Much better that the super committee should fail and that Congressmen be held responsible for their individual wise or poor stances.

Nov. 18 2011 07:28 AM

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