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Republican Intransigence Kills Super Committee

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TomCat S (127)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 12:26 am
Itís official. The Super Committee has failed. Democrats put blood on the table, too much in my view. But meeting Republicans well more that half way was not enough. The best offer from Republicans offered 5% of budget savings from revenue enhancements, but also cut the top marginal tax rate for millionaires and billionaires from 35% to 28%. Republicans refused to negotiate. That is why the Super Committee failed. In the process, they may not know it, but they have given Barack Obama a major victory.

Ellen m (215)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 1:04 am
The democrats stood strong, and short of holding a gun to the repugs heads thats the best they could do.
And to everyone..the scrample on the right has already started.
If you want to see some pathetic pleas and absurd commentary on whats going on in their insani brains, sign up for the "grassfire nation" emails. They're infrequent, and a hoot to read..just don't let on you're not one of them! Thanks TomCat

P A (117)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 1:30 am
Have listened every second of the videos - most inspiring. God bless and protect Senator Bernie Sanders - and how desperately I hope Lawrence O'Donnell is right.

I am into my second re-reading of Eleanor Roosevelt's one volume biography - and again came across (amongst so many inspiring quotations) - that FDR WELCOMED the hatred of the Republicans as that meant he was doing a good job! I do so wish President Obama felt likewise.

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 1:54 am
What was the largest cut offered by Democrats?

Here's an interesting point in the video: First he says "Social Security has not contributed one nickel to the deficit." Then he said that Social Security has a "Two-and-a-half trillion dollar fund." It holds 2.2 trillion dollars in U.S. Treasury Bonds, having lent it to the federal government's general fund to cover ... the deficit. That leaves about 6% of its funds actually available to pay out benefits if the treasury cannot pay back its loan. Don't count on it.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 4:24 am
noted, thanks Tom!

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 5:54 am
They were doomed to fail from the start. I donít mind that though. The Bush tax cuts will expire.

Do they do any work in Congress?

Tuesday November 22, 2011, 6:07 am
Yes Obama is eating them up. Obama knew what he was doing While the Republians were running around like chickens with there heads cut off. Obama was getting things done. Which one was letting them know whos boss.

David C (108)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 6:42 am
When you sign a pledge and hold that stronger than your Constitutional responsibility (that you ironically claim to love) you can't do what is best for the country.......

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 6:59 am
i think we should recall the entire lot of those ass clowns.

David C (29)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 7:08 am
that is why the Super Committee failed. In the process, they may not know it, but they have given Barack Obama a major victory.

We have to wait and see Tom, hope you are feeling better!

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 7:13 am
Tom is 100% right. GOP intransigence, period, sank the Supercommittee. The GOP Supercommittee members had no intention of compromising. They do not want the economy to improve before the 2012 election. They certainly do not want it to improve if it means raising taxes on the super-rich, even the modest step of ending the "temporary" Bush tax cut for the rich, because the only interests they serve are the interests of the rich and fundamentalist fanatics. This is no great failure, anyway. The Supercommittee was a bad idea from the start.

Suzy F (94)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 7:49 am
Did anyone here VOTE FOR Grover Norquist??? How the hell can the Repugs continue with their stupid pledge in these times? Vote them all out!!! And don't forget to sign the petition to Congress to give up their health care if they voted against ours....sorry for the pitch, TomCat. I hope you are feeling much better today! Thanks for the article.

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 8:21 am
I figured from the very beginning that they would fail. Tom, thanks for the article and sorry that you have been sick. Hope all is well by now.

Terrie W (798)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 8:56 am
Love me some Bernie Sanders. Wish he would run for Prez but that ainít gonna happen. I am glad it failed! I donít think it really sinks into the GOP brain cell (yes, they only have one and they share it with each other) up there in Congress just what kind of victory they handed to President Obama! They donít get it. I LOVE it. I will love it even more if he doesnít cave in to their bills they will inevitably send to him in the next year to save their precious war machine which is vastly over bloated with contractors and wonderful unneeded toys. What scares me though is they will use the troops and their benefits as hostages and get what they want from Obama. I hope he doesnít cave to them yet again. I hope his new backbone stays in place and he vetoes every single bill they present that protects their corporate masters in the coming year!

Jarno Lahtinen (26)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 10:27 am
Of course it failed. It was a foregone conclusion, if you've followed at all what the Republicans have been doing. They are in full sabotage mode, and will not support anything that could actually be productive for the country, or help the country out of tough economic times. This simply because they have one over-riding aim that trumps all other considerations; making Obama look bad for the elections.

One can only hope that enough people have followed what's been happening closely enough to correctly assign the blame for the lack of progress - the republicans throwing a wrench in the works every chance they get.

Even most of their OWN constituents agree that the rich should be taxed more fairly, to have them contribute to saving the economy. Even many rich people agree that they should be taxed more. So who they are representing is a small portion of the 1%, the most selfish portion. I wish people would finally see that and show their disappointment with the current crop of Republicans in future elections.

Roger Skinner (14)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 11:16 am
Is anyone really surprised by this? Given the Republicans intransigence over approving ANY revenue "enhancements" and the necessity of doing so, it was a foregone conclusion this wouldn't work. Despite poll after poll showing that a great majority of Americans think the rich should pay more and the Republicans saying they listen to the people, it is all BS.

Rosemary G (79)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 1:34 pm
That might not be such a bad thing because that might just be the bullet in their own foot, come election time!
Americans usually vote with their wallets and especially now. Every penny counts!

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 3:03 pm
both parties are useless.. GOP is just BS

Jim Phillips (3247)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 3:22 pm
Glad that the super-committee failed.

Maybe the people will wake up and realize that the g o p are not the kind of politicians they think they are...
Maybe the people don't understand what just happened. After all, most USA citizens have less than a 5th
grade education. It would be very nice if the people in USA woke up and get those g o p pukes out of office.

Ty, Tom.

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 3:49 pm
The Republicans are only interested in the ,millionaires and billionaires having a free ride at the expense of others. They certainly do not care about the people out of work, losing their homes, not being able to pay their bills or children going hungry.

Bill Koeppen (0)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 5:36 pm
So the stupid committee failed ,, like the republicans always have,, Well Its time we the people VOTED out the pukes and the T-Bags ,, so we can get America back on track, and out of the gutter where they put US ! ! !

Mary T (178)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 6:51 pm
Thanks Tom, I never doubted it would fail, The republicans are only interesting in one thing to do everything they can to make Obama a one term president and to keep giving the rich more tax breaks, Vote these idiots out of offices they should not even be earning their own wages since they are really not doing anything, Kick the SOB'S out.

Charles Wallis (111)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 7:37 pm
ďThere's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odiousómakes you so sick at heartóthat you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.Ē
― Mario Savio

Joe Shults (37)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 8:06 pm
Obama wanted this to fail. Now let's look at the congressmen. 6 Dem and 6 GOP (Super Committee). From the news reports I heard: (1) the Dem's were waiting on the GOP to purpose something while (2) the GOP were waiting on the Dem's to purpose something. Today is the 22nd, tomorrow is the 23rd and the date this group was to come up with something. Check the record: they only met together 1 time. In 22 days only one meeting with both groups together. How can you work out a problem by this method? Call me dumb, but if it was so important, should they have not been together more?

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 8:46 pm
This "Super Committee" was all a bunch of crap anyway - they Knew what Had to be done & they decided this Fake Committee would take the fall.. No one on the Committee was Progressive or in any way Forward thinking - it was a bull$hit idea to begin with & CONgre$$ got a couple of months Free to screw us in other ways!:(

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 9:22 pm
Couldn't agree with you more, Tom! Thanks for the update and for sharing your perspective! And thanks for all the great comments. They made for a great read!

TomCat S (127)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 9:47 pm
Thanks to almost all,m and I'd like to answer John here. You suggest that we should stop affixing blame and start fixing the country. I'd like nothing more. Obama and the Democrats tries desperately to compromise with Republicans for years, but even when Democrats gave Republicans everything they said they wanted, Republicans changed their demands and said no. It is important that we point out the reason that we cannot male progress. Republicans are sabotaging America, preventing all attempts to fix the problems, so Obama will look bad. Until they are removed, no progress is possible.

reft h (66)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 10:08 pm

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 11:44 pm

Marco C (31)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 6:55 pm
A pledge to Grover Norquist supercedes the pledge of office to the constituency? Are they are working for Grover? Eric Holder and the legions of blind, deaf and dumb in the justice department, are they in a coma over there? have they been kidnapped by drug cartels or being held hostage by Karl Rove?

There is something in that we already have more than enough money in government and revenue. The spending is out of line. Obama is right and I agree that it is balance that we need in spending, revenue, social and defense spending.

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 6:56 pm
Edward Scissorhands is alive and well living in DC as a Republican Representative, but retiring.

Lawrence O'Donnell did a great job of outlining the results of the failure of The Super Committee as a win for Mr Obama. I think what Mr Obama did was to out fox the Republican/Teabagger foxes. He has managed to put in place large cuts to defense spending, a Republican/Teabagger sacred cow, and salvage social security, medicare and medicaid from Edward Scissorhands. Do I think it was a bit of a gamble, yes. Putting sacred cows on the block is a risk. But I think he has understood the Republican/Teabagger speak and knew they would not cave to their 'no tax increase' mantra. I also think that the Republican/Teabaggers are so caught up in the 'Obama a one term president' idea, so fixated on it, that they didn't watch what he was really doing.

TomCat S (127)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 9:50 pm
Thanks all!
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