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Kyl Threatens to Walk if Debt Panel Hits Defense

Kyl Threatens to Walk if Debt Panel Hits Defense | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it

Sen. Jon Kyl (R.,Ariz.) threatened to walk out on the special deficit-reduction supercommittee if other members push for new cuts in defense spending, a threat that could shatter any hope for compromise or bipartisan cooperation as the deficit... 

 

As talks had only begun for the Super Committee, some officials already had threats of sabotage. Sen. Jon Kyl (R, Ariz.) threatened to end the committee before it even truly began, when he put forth his "deal-breaker" stance on Defense cuts. The Senetor threatened to walk out on the committee if it decided to cut defense spending. Though the Super Committee was formed with the intention of bridging the disconnect of polarized partisanship of Washington during this period, there was evidence that narrow sighted politicing was already in full swing (the thing is that if the Senator effectively ended the committee, the defense cuts that he oppossed would take effect in 2013 anyway...). At this time, though the committee still had much deliberation ahead, signs such as these should have been red flags to those both inside and out of the chamber that was home to the Deficit Panel's bargining processes.

 

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CBO to Super-Committee: Increase the Deficit! | The Nation

CBO to Super-Committee: Increase the Deficit! | The Nation | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it
“In our analysis, to provide the greatest boost to the economy now would be to cut taxes or increase spending in the immediate term, then in longer term cut spending or increase taxes,” Elmendorf (CBO director). Wise words. In the earlier days of the Super Committee, with the fallout over the in ability for congress to reconsile the debt ceiling still looming like a blck cloud over Washington, it seemed that many notions were offered and many, including myself, felt that there was hope for this Super Committee to come to a super, bipartisan agreement. THough this was never to happen, at least not as far as the Super Committee was concerned, the early days of the Committee brought forth ideas, wether truly good for America or not, that at least gave america a direction to head in.
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The Impasse (visible holes in a sinking ship)

The Impasse (visible holes in a sinking ship) | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it

The first blatent sign that this ship would, indeed, never see port was the early November proposal leaks. Though much of the Deficit Panel's business had been "hush-hush" up until this point, the signs of the Committee at such an impasse, so late in the game, seemed to make the gentlemen and lady of the committee begin speaking (though I had not seen it yet, feigned support and bravado, was actually just political posturing for future damage control...like small mamals leaving a sinking ship).

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How the Tea Party killed the supercommittee

How the Tea Party killed the supercommittee | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it
An interesting article that surface the day the Super Committee was set to announce, a not so climactic, failure. This article gave a left, but not unrealistic, view of how America had reached the impasse that it currently stood before. Though there was more behind this delimma than just some "ultra-rights" being voted into office, this article gave a good view, albeit biased, of the most blatant reason for the Super Committee's failure.
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Back to a Sequestration Future

Back to a Sequestration Future | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it

This article takes a look at "the most promising feature of the Budget Control Act" (Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif.): Sequestration. If the bugdet Supper Committee could not come with a "deal" that could help, albeit not completly balance, America's books, then sequestraion would kick in. Sequestration is a measure that would automaticaly cut spending if America could not find a way to do it its self (basicaly dropping a bomb on virtualy everything, across the board). This sequestration would come in the form of $1.2 trillion, that some congresspeople say would not be very beneficial to America. If the Super Committee failed, the bombs dropped. I feel that at least sequestration is something being done!

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Hensarling: Still Hope for Super Committee : Roll Call News

Hensarling: Still Hope for Super Committee : Roll Call News | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it
"Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said today that he hasn't given up hope that the super committee in charge of restructuring the nation s debt will meet its Nov. 23 deadline." Even through much of the conflict inherent in the polarized party views, many Congresspeople, both Rep. and Dem. seemed to have optimistic views of having a fair and acceptable outcome to the decisions of the Super Committee, though it was apparent that there was still a lot of ground to be covered to bridge the wide gap between the two parties. Even with the deadline looming near and no apparent descisions being made, there still seemed to be hope that a desision preventing 1.2 trillion dollars in automitic spending cuts (sequestration) would come out of this "all powerful" committee.
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Norquist: Democrats Want Supercommittee to Fail

Norquist: Democrats Want Supercommittee to Fail | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it
"Norquist: Democrats Want Supercommittee to Fail..." Even with such a necessarily vital time of decision making for the future of American debt, some were finding time to accuse their colleagues from across the isle of politicking and disreputable intentions. Whether such allegations were true or not, the fact that our elected officials would be participating in such school yard name calling during such an important time was proof that the Super Committee was no full proof organization that would, enevitably, succeed in putting America back on the right track and overcoming some of the, too strong, Electoral Connection that the parties had caused America to suffer from in the past.
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As Super Committee Deadline Nears, Tax Reforms Become Focus Point

As Super Committee Deadline Nears, Tax Reforms Become Focus Point | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it

As the time for decisions and the showing of some semblance of a positive direction drew nigh, it was beginning to look as if the GOP was starting to get the picture, "Bush tax cuts, and lower taxes, cannot profit America in any way, at this point, even if it is a smart thing to do politically." Wether these tax hikes, or lack of cuts would be part of the final "plan" that the Supper Committee members would ultimately produce was yet to be known, though it, at this point was looking as if there was no way to rationalize further tax cuts.

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FACTBOX-U.S. deficit super committee's 12 members

FACTBOX-U.S. deficit super committee's 12 members | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it

Who were these Senate and House representatives that sat on the unsuccessful Super Committee? 6 Dems. (equaly spilt between House and Senate) and 6 Reps. (equaly split as well). All but one were men and all but one were white. Some were older vets. of Washington (like Sen. John Kerry) and others were newer. These were the members that failed in the endevoring of securing a bipartisan agreement to cut $1.2 trillion in the next 10 years or face debilitating cuts across the board in 2013.

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Millionaires lobby deficit-reduction supercommittee to please, raise its taxes

Millionaires lobby deficit-reduction supercommittee to please, raise its taxes | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it
In an interesting turn of events, it appeared that even some of the nation's most successful people were willing to take tax increases (increases that GOP senetors would label as unfair and detrimental). In the last weeks of the Super Committee's existence, a group of millionaires actually came to ask the committee to tax them! Either these men were self loathing masochists, or sensable Americans that were willing to take one for the team (the histories and successes of these people, not to mention the presents of Ben Cohen, founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, would lend credence to the later). With events like these, it would seem that there was hope yet for the Super Committee's ability to reach a desicion
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Interest Groups Try to Catch Debt Committee’s Ear

Interest Groups Try to Catch Debt Committee’s Ear | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it

As one might imagine, interest groups flocked to the ears of those on the most powerful congressional committee ever to be formed before that date. With the wide reach and broad power of the Super Committee, everyone from big defense contractors to those who fight for the impovershed had "their people" in Washington, vying to insure that those on the Deficit Panel knew that their money was important and needed. Though such things were certiantly to be expected, it most certainly set many minds to wondering: "In situations like these, who will the nations representatives listen too, who will they fight for? Though cuts are needed (none, so far, have denied this), will the men and woman of the "all powerful" Super Committee take hard line, uncompromising stances or will they go against the grain of the current political atmosphere, struggleing with polarized partisan politics, and make "unpopular" decisions that would drastically cut government spending in a wide array of areas?" EIther way, the loybists were most definitely working over-time on this one, even as the committee had decided that public eyes would most likely be kept from "prying."

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Super Committee Throws In the Towel : Roll Call News

Super Committee Throws In the Towel : Roll Call News | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it

After three months of negotiations, and reasurences by its members, the Super Committee ultimately failed (fell flat on its face). Only hours after, surely each member as well as their respective parties already had preconceived comments in hand, the Super Committee admitted defeat, political name calling and partisan rhetoric began. Each party blamed the other in worn out atempts at damage control. The Republicans blamed the Democrats for using "wierd gimmick[s]," the Democrats said that the Republicans would not budge on taxes, and the President took a dual opportunity to perform his own damage control while campaigning as the "stern, father figure" that scolds his foolish, bickering children and makes them sleep in the bed they've made for themselves, by declaring that he would veto any attempts to stop sequestration (all the while the clown mobile that is the executive and legeslative branches drove around Capitol Hill, to the tune of the circus song played by the media as Wall Street kicked rocks in the background). November 20, 2011 was not a good day for the American Democratic Experiment.

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Supercommittee? Most Americans don’t care

Supercommittee? Most Americans don’t care | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it

Even as congressmen and women, like (R-Texas) Jeb Hensarling, were showing some optimism (or bravado?) as the deadline for the Super Committee drew near, there was proof that many Americans still had serious doubts that thier governemnt could put them on the road to solving the problems that their nation had been suffering from as of late. There seemed an almost ominous air about the American public, or at least those of the pubic that knew of the Super Committee's existence and purpose. Perhaps this, as stated in this article, would be the incentive needed for the legeslative branch to come together and remeber: In order to get things done, many times there must be compromise. In order to compromise, you have to give something up too. Another question, one that could not be answered, perhaps until the end and decisions were made, or not made, was: would this, apparent, lack of public interest give congressmen and women the wiggle room neede to break from thier electoral connection and make the tough and necessary decisions? It could not be answered at this time.

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Super Committee Gets Recommendations from Senate Finance Republicans

Super Committee Gets Recommendations from Senate Finance Republicans | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it
Even in the debt panel, Republicans sought to end "Obamacare." Even though many said that this plan would save money, the Republican Party tried to bring this fight into the ring. Though many of these Republicans were obviously acting in accordance with thier constituencie's views, this was one instance when the Electoral Connection was a hinderence, rather than a positive aspect of American politics. A panel that was formed to make the tough and proper descisions for the good of America was, unfortunaty, not devoid of political squabling and power plays.
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Depends on What You Mean by ‘Meeting’: Super Committee Expected to Be Super Secret

Depends on What You Mean by ‘Meeting’: Super Committee Expected to Be Super Secret | Deficit Supper Committee | Scoop.it
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction met for the first time September 8th 2011. This committee, one more powerful than any other congressional committee, began its time much as expected, with rule making. One thing that may have been a little troubling to some Americans was the committee's decision to reserve the ability to conduct its business behind closed doors. It was not clear, at this point if this would, indeed be the case, but it was definetly an opition that the committee felt was nessecary and productive for them. After its first meeting, many Americans were asking numerouse questions: whose ideas and plans would be set aside during the following months? Whose would win out? Would the proclaimed "deal breakers" that some of the members brought up cause the committee to fail? Or would agreements be reached? The most important question Americans seemed to be asking though was most definitely: would this "all powerful" committee find the common ground that had been so vacant during this congress?
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