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It Only Takes Seven

It Only Takes Seven

By Lisa Borders

The Congressional Super Committee tasked with reducing America’s projected deficits and debt
must make a deal. Failure is simply not an option. Our country cannot afford the repercussions if partisan and ideological gridlock block a substantive deal. If the committee does not make a deal or if their proposal is not passed by Congress, there will be deep, across-the-board budget cuts
to defense and other areas of spending vital to the interests of all Americans regardless of their party, which will lead to real, adverse consequences for the nation.

It only takes seven to give this deal a chance for success. If just seven members of the 12-person Super Committee agree on a deal, these dangerous automatic cuts can be averted in favor of well-planned strategic budget cuts.

A little less than seven weeks remain for the Super Committee to reach a deal. The stakes are high enough for these six Democrats and six Republicans to use this as an opportunity to put
together a deal which will begin to fix our country’s dismal fiscal situation.

Reaching a deal will:

1. Prove to America that Congress can get something done.

2. Raise our standing with the credit ratings agencies by showing that we are taking steps to put our nation’s finances in order.

3. Show our foreign lenders that we are committed to putting our financial house in order.

4. Send a signal to federal agencies that Congress knows across-the-board spending reductions are not the best way to go.

5. Show the rest of Congress that bipartisan progress can be made to address the country’s most pressing problems.

On the other hand, failure to reach a deal will:

6. Serve to re-enforce how dysfunctional Congress has become.

7. Bring us closer to a “tipping point” and the possibility of having a debt crisis in the U.S.
We all must stand up – united – and make a statement that politicians must put their labels aside
and work together for the good of the country. Now more than ever, a real commitment to bipartisan cooperation and action is necessary.

How can we let our voices be heard? By visiting and signing up to join the 150,000 strong and growing No Labels movement that is committed to forcing our politicians to work together to deliver bipartisan solutions for America.

With less than seven weeks left to get seven votes, America’s opportunity to put its fiscal house in order is now. The time to bridge the chasm between Democrats and Republicans is now. The time to restore hope in the American Dream is now. Let’s take action and move forward.

Lisa Borders is president of the Grady Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Grady Health System, the only Level I Trauma Center within 100 miles of metro-Atlanta. She used to serve as president of the Atlanta City Council and is a No Labels co-founder.

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8:34PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

"Does anyone really believe that the super commitee is going to make any more progress t
than the whole congress?"

Nope, but then I don't have much faith in congress (OR the house for that matter) either...

4:25PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

The last few 'bi-partisan' compromises were bad. Why would these be better?

7:57AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

If the seven won't do it, someone else will. The times they are a'changin.

12:14AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Does anyone really believe that the super commitee is going to make any more progress than the whole congress?

10:53PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Let's hope these people can work together.

10:02PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Republicans = People who want to rape you, kill you, rape your corpse, make a goblet out of your skull, and use it to serve baby blood to their rich masters.

Democrats have made good on some of their promises, and continue to advocate for the middle/poor classes.


The super committee forced on us by the Nazi Republicans is illegal BTW. I don't remember electing anyone to the super committee, and neither did you, and yet their decisions will have widespread impact on all Americans.

10:00PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

A message to those hating on entitlement recipients:

A business will only hire what they need to get a job done regardless of what their profits are.

Unemployment will continue to grow as the job pyramid shrinks.

People with no income cannot buy stuff because they have no money.

The economy will die because people can't buy anything.

Rich people will end up broke because their money/investments will be worthless after the economy dies.

Stop believing the lies of greedy stupid people. Giving more money to the rich will NOT solve Americas problems. It will just make things even worse.

People who are on government assistance are not losers. I don't know what kind of over privileged distorted reality you live in, but it obviously has no basis in this reality. The "losers" as you so kindly put it are made up of people whom circumstance has dealt a bad hand.

These days all it takes is one natural disaster, one accident, one hospital bill, one bounced check, one anything happening to a family struggling to get by to end up as one of the people you so heartlessly label as being a "loser."

I really hope you have the opportunity to become a victim of your own narrow mindset someday soon.

8:59PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

When push comes to shove, then goes beyond to what we now have, I see no reality of progress for the masses, do you?

8:56PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

I went to No Labels but I have little hope.

6:42PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Jim G. says, "I think that Obama's jobs bill is a good starting point."
I fully agree, I think that the Senate should at least let it go to a vote and try to end the stalemate that the idiotic cloture rule has caused.

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