Driving the Week: Super Committee to Fail
Like we were at all surprised.
CNN reports that the 12 members of the super committee who were supposed to find at least $1.2 trillion worth of deficit reduction will announce failure. Aides from both political parties said that the committee is no longer trying to reach an agreement and is now trying to spin the story in their favor.
This means that the painful sequestration will take place. Against the warnings of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, $500 billion worth of defense cuts will go into effect starting January 1, 2013.
According to the Miami Herald, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are writing legislation to prevent the $500 billion worth of defense cuts. This comes in light of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) statement that he would be bound to the sequestration and President Obama’s threat to veto any attempt to avoid it.
While Leon Panetta has come out to defend our military and denounce the heavily defense-sided sequestration. No one on the left outside of Congress has spoken out against cuts that were put in place to bring Democrats to the table. A senior Democratic aide even told The Hill:
“Sequestration is worse for Republicans, you don’t see Democrats talking about trying to reverse it. The Republicans don’t have a gun to our head like they did earlier this year.”
It just shows how favorable the sequestration is to them and why they had no incentive to come to an agreement. In fact, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) came out and said:
“If they’re going to try to protect defense, there’ll be pushback.”
Right. How dare Senators try to protect the men and women who serve in our military, or the people of this country.
Our country needs leadership, not a weakened military, and not devastating tax hikes.