What they have really abandoned is the American public in favor of Tea Party wackos and a Grover Norquist stand on absolutely no tax increases. Some Democrats are at fault as well for not realizing there will have to be some painful, perhaps deep, cuts to domestic entitlement programs.
Gergen, who has worked with a number of presidents and has been a political analyst for several years, says the GOP wants federal spending cuts without raising any taxes. On the other hand, Dems claim the rich have increased their wealth on the backs of the “99%” and should be taxed as a beginning to righting the ship.
And yes, the White House has been severely lacking in its leadership on this issue by remaining seemingly either resigned to defeat, or not able to come up with the aggressive strategy to prevail. White House Secretary Jay Carney’s reply to this is that the responsibility for doing a deal belongs to Congress, not the White House.
But a CNN/ORC poll asserts there is an explanation to the Super Committee’s failure. Although most Americans agree on increasing taxes on the rich and major cuts in domestic spending programs, there is definitely a partisan divide that stands in the way of the committee’s decision. Two-thirds of the public wants increased taxes on high-income Americans and businesses, 32 percent don’t. However, Republicans oppose tax increases by 59 percent to 39 percent, and Democrats are against spending cuts by 57 percent to 42 percent.
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And there are yet other important issues that must be dealt with. There are pressing deadlines on extending the payroll tax at a cost of over $110 billion. A temporary extension of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed costing $55 billion with an added $130 billion for the minimum tax cost. Canceling doctors’ Medicare fees cuts will cost another $30 billion.
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