Reaction to Committee's Failure to Cut Deficit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Reaction to a special deficit-reduction supercommittee's failure to approve a plan that cuts at least $1.2 trillion in the coming decade:

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"I would have anticipated that the president of the United States would have spent every day and many nights working with members of the supercommittee to try to find a way to bridge the gap, but instead he's been out doing other things, campaigning, blaming and traveling. This is, in my view, inexcusable." - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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"One way or another, we will be trimming the deficit by a total of at least $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years. That's going to happen, one way or another. We've got $1 trillion locked in, and either Congress comes up with $1.2 trillion, which so far they've failed to do, or the sequester kicks in and these automatic spending cuts will occur that bring in an additional $1.2 trillion." - President Barack Obama.

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"Despite the danger posed by sequestration, I join the president in his call for Congress to avoid an easy way out of this crisis. Congress cannot simply turn off the sequester mechanism, but instead must pass deficit reduction at least equal to the $1.2 trillion it was charged to pass under the Budget Control Act." - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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"Manufacturers continue to be negatively affected by the rising debt crisis and its accompanying uncertainty and shaken consumer confidence. We are extremely disappointed that the Committee did not take advantage of the opportunity to restore confidence and stability to our economy by reforming entitlement programs and creating a tax code that promotes investment, growth and jobs." - National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons.

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"The American people are tired of their elected leaders listening to the extreme voices in their party instead of the voices of reason. I am disappointed that Republicans never found the courage to ignore Tea Party extremists and millionaire lobbyists like Grover Norquist, and listen instead to the overwhelming majority of Americans - including the vast majority of Republicans - who want a balanced approach to deficit reduction." - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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"They were trying to break out of the mess by being, in my judgment, even dumber - that is, creating a committee of 12 picked by the political leadership to magically get in a room to come up with something that 535 couldn't solve." - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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"Unfortunately, this opportunity has been wasted." - U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.


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  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    @RR Florida has had term limits since 1992. A politician is limited to 8 years in a state office. Have term limits done any good or are they simply churning the pool of politicians? If term limits have done some good, what good might that be? Term limits were part of the Contract with America in 1994. Once Republicans gained control of both chambers, no term limits. What a surprise. What a scam. Congress did manage to amend the Constitution and pass limits on the Prez's term in 1951. Congress probably won't limit its own terms at any time in the next 10 million years.
  • by RICKY BOBBY on Nov 22, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    This is not a democrat or republican problem, this is an american problem. we have been resting on the laurels of our past and now it is crunch time. I agree that everyone that is in congress now should resign due to derilect of duty,, these people have dropped the ball so they should be removed because of their neglegence.. I for one will vote against most incumbents particularly if proven that they can not reason with one onother because of a silly (D) or (R) behind their name shame on every one up there and to think that we are paying these goobers do this to us
  • by keep your eye on the ball Location: ....... on Nov 22, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    They got the debt limit raised. Who's worried about the super committee failing?
  • by Buddy Location: Madison on Nov 22, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    Obama and all career politicians should resign. Obama has no idea what he is doing and the rest are only interested in what government can do for them. We can not afford another term of this socialist Obama.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    The Committee failed just as Congress as a whole has failed to do the job they were elected to do. It is WAY past time to put them on equal basis with all other Americans (and legal foreign workers) who do not do their jobs properly - FIRE ALL OF THEM and make them loose the cushy benefits and retirements too! That will help cut government expenses. We see them make no changes because just like protecting their longterm job security they will not complete anything or will start a 'new' problem. @Gerry, either the public will have the last word or the Chinese will.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    It's kinda stupid to attack federal government spending as wasteful. Each penny the fed gov spends has to be approved by roughly 269 people: at least 50 Senators and 218 Representatives and 1 Prez. Each Senator is equal to every other Senator. Each Representative is equal to every other Representative. Couples, i.e., 2 people, often disagree, argue, and bicker, and often it is over spending. A business usually has 1 person who has the last word on spending. Congress has hundreds who have the last word.
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      by Duh on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:49 AM in reply to Gerry
      So what you are telling me, spending money on a shrimp running on a TREAD mill isn't wasteful.
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        by Gerry on Nov 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM in reply to Duh
        I'm saying the spending was approved by hundreds. They divided themselves into committees and the committees approved. Even in state legislatures, spending must be approved by dozens. No one individual will ever agree on all of the spending approved by a committee of many members. I'm sure the identical complaints about federal spending have existed for 220 years.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 07:28 AM in reply to Gerry
      So, are you saying there is no waste in government? Small businesses do have someone to control spending, but once a business is large enough to divide itself into departments and give each department it's own budget(like the government) it opens the door for waste, abuse, and duplication.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to
        Of course their is waste in government because every time Obama promises to cut the budget he does so by promising to cut waste and fraud. Yeah right.
  • by tom Location: madison on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    Congress has to cut 1.2 Trillion out of the budget in set categories now instead of voluntarily deciding where to cut 1.2 Trillion.....either way 1.2 Trillion is cut. This means if we last ten years we will be 22 Trillion in debt instead of 23 Trillion..... bunch of hot air over nothing.
  • by it is what it is on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Newt called this one as soon as the committee was formed. When you have idiots like John Kerry on a committee like this it is doomed to fail. Congress is a joke - vote them all out people. It's our way to put term limits in place.
  • by jc on Nov 22, 2011 at 02:32 AM
    Is anyone really suprised by this failure? Foxes still guarding the henhouse.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Nov 22, 2011 at 02:15 AM
    Now why would anyone think a committee with the same make up as Congress itself would be able to come up with different results? Perhaps a corollary to the definition of insanity should be "doing the same thing over again in smaller groups, and expecting different results is also insane." Democrats want to say Republicans are the party of no, and that they are intransigent in their beliefs. They have deep felt beliefs in spending cuts and, surprisingly as politicians, are sticking to their guns. If Democrats look in the mirror they will see the same thing is true in their case concerning tax increases. And they are sticking to their guns and saying no to Republican proposals. It seems BOTH parties, in this case, are the party of no and can't point their fingers at the other and blame them. Personally, I think it idiotic that Democrats are saying debt reduction requires MORE taxes, and MORE revenue. It is common sense to first attack useless, repetitive, fraudulent spending, which both sides of the aisle should be able to agree on, see what that accomplishes, THEN discuss tax increases if cutting doesn't do the trick.
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      by William on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM in reply to Georgia Boy
      The Republicans party has been fighting to make the Bush Tax Cuts that primarily benefit the wealthy PERMANENT! These tax cuts, enacted in 2001 and 2003, were set to expire in Dec, 2010. Obama proposed to cut domestic programs and raise taxes on people making $250,000 a year or more. The Republicans party would have none of it! To get a deal, President Obama had to agree to extend the Bush Tax Cuts until 2012. And here we are still. The Select Congressional Committee couldn’t reach a budget deal because the Republican members on the committee are unwilling to see the taxes increase on the wealthy. President Bush inherited a budget surplus from President Clinton. Bush and the Republican dominated congress began this deficit spending by starting a misguided war and cutting taxes at the same time. Now, the Republican REFUSE TO RESET TAXES BACK TO WHERE THEY WERE when this deficit began to develop. Why do we get the smallest part of the tax cut? I guess we are not part of the privileged class.
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        by GV on Nov 28, 2011 at 05:01 AM in reply to William
        The Bust tax cuts cuts taxes for everybody,idiot.And obama got the healthcare passed,he certainly cxould have eliminated the Bush tax cuts.They are no longer the Biush tax cuts,they are now the obama tax cuts,stupid.
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