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The SuperCommittee Was a Complete Failure, As Expected! by The Elephant's Child

The SuperCommittee, a select group of Congressmen supposed to accomplish what the full body could not, in finding ways to cut the budget, reduce the deficit, and introduce a little sanity to government spending, retired to back rooms, labored, debated, and accomplished pretty much nothing at all. No one is surprised.

Democrats want to raise taxes. That old bit about ‘never raising taxes in a recession,’ they assume to be just another Republican lie. Raising taxes is a kind of trifecta. With more revenue coming in, they get to spend more, more spending means that  the economy will grow (they’re still Keynesians), and they get to direct their spending to buy more votes. What did you think spending is for?

What you need to know about the SuperCommittee is that it’s not Obama’s fault. Press secretary Jay Carney made that clear today:

This committee was established by an act of Congress. It was comprised of members of Congress. Instead of pointing fingers and playing the blame game, Congress should act, fulfill its responsibility. As for the sequester, it was designed, again, in this act of Congress, voted on by members of both parties and signed into law by this President, specifically to be onerous, to hold Congress’s feet to the fire. It was designed so that it never came to pass, because Congress, understanding the consequences of failure, understanding the consequences of inaction, the consequences of being unwilling to take a balanced approach, were so dire.

Now, let me just say that Congress still has it within its capacity to be responsible and act. As you noted, the sequester doesn’t take effect for a year. Congress could still act and has plenty of time to act. And we call on Congress to fulfill its responsibility.

… What Congress needs to do here has been and remains very clear. They need to do their job. They need to fulfill the responsibilities that they set for themselves.

Mr. Carney also reminded the press of the President’s role in the SuperCommittee.

The President, at the beginning of the process, at the beginning of the super committee process, a committee established by an act of Congress, put forward a comprehensive proposal that went well beyond the $1.2 trillion mandated by that act and was a balanced approach to deficit reduction and getting our long-term debt under control.

You remember that one. It’s the budget that not even the Democrats would vote for.  Mr. Carney also reminded the assembled press that, while the SuperCommittee was Congress’s job, with which the president had no involvement whatsoever, the Administration’s efforts to encourage Europe to address their ongoing debt crisis:

As you know, Matt, with the President and Tim Geithner — Secretary of Treasury — and others have been very engaged with their European counterparts on this issue, offering advice because we have a certain amount of experience in dealing with this kind of crisis. And we urge them to move forward rapidly.

The quotations from Jay Carney’s press briefing come courtesy of Keith Hennessey, who explains the President’s missed opportunities for deficit reduction.

That “we have a certain amount of experience” bit is astounding.  Victor Davis Hanson explained it in a brief essay titled “The Imaginarium of Barack Obama.” “The presidency of Barack Obama is full of funny things that need not follow any sort of logic.  Images and ideas just pop in and out, without worry of inconsistency, contradiction, or hypocrisy.  It’s a fascinating mish-mash of strange heroes and bogeymen, the imaginarium of our president.” Do read the whole thing.  It’s an excellent explanation of the oft-inexplicable actions of this president.




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