Supercommittee – Business As Usual

Nothing has changed.  The Supercommitte for deficit reduction is business as usual.  The talks are moving behind closed doors and John Boehner is out with the “NO NEW TAXES”  mantra.    I guess the members of the Supercommittee and Washington missed the recent polls that clearly show Americans think unemployment is the number one issue.  It also seems the members also didn’t have time to review the recent Census Bureau Data for 2010 that shows median household income decreased, the number of children living in poverty increased and the number of uninsured Americans also increased.

Now I realize the main goal of the Supercommittee is to reduce the deficit and it is a worthy goal.  But recent polls also show that only 12% of Americans believe it is our most pressing issue.  Politicians seem to love to talk about mandates from the people.  Excuse me but I think the American people have given Congress, the President and the Supercommittee a mandate and its called job creation.  The last thing the American people and the economy need right now is to be saddled with a Supercommittee that has a singular mission to cut the deficit.   But we are stuck with this ridiculus committee and in an attempt to avoid another debacle like the Debt Ceiling foolishness of last summer, I have a few suggestions:

  • All negotiations should be held in public. – I’m tired of Democrats hiding behind the excuse that the Republicans just wouldn’t let us increase revenue so we had to roll over and play dead.  Likewise I’m tired of the Republicans hiding behind the excuse that Democrats were not willing to budge on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  If the negotiations are held in public the American people can judge for themselves who was actually willing to do what.
  • All proposals to cut the deficit must be accompanied by detailed factually supported estimates of how it will support job creation.  - Job creation is the number one concern of Americans.  Any major new program (and this deficit reduction is a new program) should be made to demonstrate that it enhances job creation.  Empty rhetoric about protecting the job creators should have no place in these discussions.

Americans have such little trust in our elected officials that open honest debate is the only way Congress can begin to bring the Country together to support deficit reduction.  Holding private meetings of the Supercommittee only allows politicians to put political spin on the negotiations and the results.

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