Super Committee Failure: What Now?

Surprise, surprise-so the super committee failed to recommend at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction. What now?

From early in the year, it was generally accepted that the divided Congress would be unable to agree on a budget through regular procedures. Republican Congressional leadership (aka RINO’s) chose to capitulate to Obama’s doomsayers who successfully employed hyperbole about a potential government “default.” Hence, the birth of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA).

The BCA both imposed a set of discretionary spending caps to limit annually appropriated spending and established the super committee to recommend policies that would reduce the deficit by at least an additional $1.2 trillion through 2021. In return, the BCA included debt limit increases in three installments: $400 billion, $500 billion, and then $1.2 trillion. Great deal, huh?

The debt limit hikes were ostensibly contingent on deficit reduction and a vote on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. But in fact, under the language of the BCA legislation, they could be blocked only if Congress passed a joint resolution of disapproval. If passed, such a resolution would be subject to a presidential veto, requiring the usual two-thirds vote of both houses to override. Thus these debt ceiling increases up to $2.1 trillion were all but assured from the beginning.

The first two increases totaling $900 billion have already occurred, and the debt limit now stands at an astounding $15.124 trillion. It is up from the $14.29 trillion limit set in early 2010 and follows a history of frequent and growing debt limit increases.

The third increase of $1.2 trillion—projected to occur early in 2012 when the debt begins to again encroach upon the limit—would raise the debt limit to an unprecedented $16.324 trillion, or over 100 percent of GDP.

Thus, the debt limit will climb ever higher, accommodating the unbridled spending of the President and Congress.

Policies that promote reckless spending—forcing the government to borrow about 40 cents of every dollar it spends, while pushing total debt past 100 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)—are flat-out irresponsible.

Equally disappointing, both the existing spending caps and the automatic enforcement in the BCA are less than advertised. The caps contain flaws that may make them all but meaningless. The “sequester” mechanism that would impose spending cuts will not be triggered until January 2013, giving Congress plenty of time to rewrite or abandon it.

The overspending problem is still here. Congress has accomplished nothing but a worsening of an already alarming situation. It should do this without succumbing to pressure to hike taxes on Americans and further weigh down an already struggling economy. Remember, the problem is still Washington’s spending.

Congress should demonstrate that it is serious about tackling the problems of rising spending, debt, and deficits. That means reforms to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; transforming the maddeningly complicated tax system; and reducing the size and scope of government.

But they will not, because the House Republican leadership is made up of RINOs, liberal, spineless enablers of the progressive liberal left.

Even the 2010 elected “conservatives” offer excuses for their failure to vote by the principles they were elected to uphold. They say things like: “At the end of the day, we have to govern,” as they are seduced by the clamor to “compromise.” (pronounced surrender) and perpetuate the big government socialist agenda of a wonderfully effective president who plays them like a cheap guitar. All the while, they are outmaneuvered and outsmarted by a former community organizer with a wide anti-American stripe.

Every incumbent must go so that those not up for re-election will walk in abject fear of the people they serve.

***Ed Randazzo, is a nationally syndicated author. He has been a conservative activist and consultant for over 30 years and is currently the Chief News Editor of Life and Liberty Media***


4 comments for “Super Committee Failure: What Now?

  1. November 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

    You always evade, Ed. Ultimately, the specific horses are what matter. If you don’t have a candidate, your “every incumbent must go” cry is empty rhetoric. Show me the horses. Whom will you back to replace RINO Kristi Noem? How will you make that happen?

    • November 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

      Thank you for your confidence in my powers of control over the political landscape. I neither have nor want the power to decide who shall take up the cause and challenge Mrs. Noem. I am merely a voice. A voice that is dissatisfied with some of the votes Mrs. Noem has taken and desirous to make my opinion known.When, and if, that horse rears up and makes himself known, we shall have to decide on the differences in their philosphies, beliefs, values and positions. I will work first to persuade Mrs.Noem of the errors in positions already taken in the hope that she will truly support limited government and fiscal responsibility as promised in her campaign. Failing that, I will work to encourage and support a person willing to champion those causes. Every incumbent should understand that they are at risk in 2012. Every incumbent not supportive of limited government and fiscal responsibility should be defeated or we will continue down this road of self-destruction by a thousand cuts brought about by compromise of our Founding Fathers principles, values and faith in Almighty God.

  2. November 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    “Every incumbent must go” — that means Kristi Noem, right? Who’s your horse in the race? Is that why Brad yesterday tried to suggest floating a Tea Party candidate in the Dem primary, so you wouldn’t have to challenge Kristi in the spring? When does Gordon Howie announce?

    • November 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      I wouldn’t be calling attention to the horses. The best candidate you have is…………, whoops, you don’t even have one worth mentioning.

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