We weren’t alone in writing on the failure of a bipartisan congressional supercommittee to sort out a plan to reduce the federal deficit; our colleagues weighed in, too. Here’s a selection:
Epic political cowardice and cynicism have compounded America’s fiscal disaster.
The bipartisan congressional supercommittee tasked with finding just $1.2 trillion in debt reduction over 10 years — to avoid across-the-board spending cuts in 2013 — has failed.
Even a small group of supposedly reasonable Democrats and Republicans proved incapable of reaching consensus on bailing out less than one-tenth of the red ink set to sink the ship of state.
Now, the United States can be mentioned in the same breath as Italy, or even Greece, for governmental failure to address a national crisis. …
— A miserable failure: Editorial, Daily News
… Don’t let lawmakers off the hook. Demand that they at least act soon on such pressing matters as the extension of the payroll tax and unemployment benefits, which expire at the end of the year. If they don’t, expect more economic turmoil.
Vital spending programs should have been part of a sensible supercommittee deal. But stubborn Republicans, in particular, refused to even consider a combination of revenue generators such as a tax on the wealthy and deep spending cuts. The tax could have helped pay for the extensions.
Never mind that a new Pew Research Center poll shows 6 in 10 Americans support the mix of a tax increase and major program cuts. Despite historic low ratings, lawmakers would rather take their chances kicking the can. Voters need to do some kicking — booting them out of office.
— Lawmakers fail again to address deficit woes: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
… The members should have done the right thing and united behind a sensible balance of spending cuts and revenue increases. But the Republican negotiators, true to form, have dug in against any tax increases beyond the $250 billion or so expected from a tax reform proposal that rides along with tax cuts for the rich. It’s further evidence that the Republicans would rather have the election issue of huge deficits and a listless economy than work cooperatively toward solutions. …
— Congress shirks its duty: Editorial, The Buffalo News