Failure of Congressional Super Committee, “A Reckless, Irresponsible Gamble," Says David Gergen

David Gergen says the failure of the super committee to make a deficit reduction plan, “represents a reckless, irresponsible gamble…. It’s difficult to remember a Congress that has put the nation so much at risk in the service of ideology and to hold onto office. Partisans on both sides are grievously failing the country.”

Gergen has worked for four presidents. He is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  His CNN commentary today asks, “Have they gone nuts in Washington?”. Excerpts from the article:

  • Republicans complain that federal spending under President Obama has gone up dramatically and cuts should come there before any new taxes. Democrats say that the rich have increased their wealth much more rapidly than the other 99% of Americans, while their taxes have gone down, so that the first order of business is to raise taxes on them.
  • Such contentious disagreements have characterized our politics since the dawn of the republic, and in almost all crises of the past, political leaders have worked out compromises. …Our “leaders” of today, however, have tossed aside the wisdom of the Founders.
  • (President Obama) has been exercising the most passive leadership imaginable. Nor have the Republican candidates for president been any more engaged. Why are their campaigns so focused only on 2013 and so detached from a crisis that continues to deepen in D.C. right now?
  • Sorry, our noble leaders tell us, we have to focus now on election 2012. What was it that Louis XV used to say? “Après moi, le déluge”?
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3 comments to Failure of Congressional Super Committee, “A Reckless, Irresponsible Gamble,” Says David Gergen

  • Gergen is simply wrong; this “both sides are equally to blame” is a MSM mantra designed to shield the Rushpubliscums from taking the blame for what they, and they alone, are responsible for.

    You’d have to be deaf and blind to not see how far the dems have bent over to accommodate Rushpubliscum ideology. The problem with the dems is that they absconded from THEIR traditional positions a long time ago, NOT their supposed intransigence.

  • Rick

    So they did not agree? We still will have a reduction in the increase in spending in the amount of $1.2 trillion. It’s a start.

    This committee was set up by the Democrats to fail so that could use it as part of the effort to re-elect the President. It’s just politics.

  • Ice Bandit

    …imagine a dozen hardened and unapologetic crackheads sitting around trying to decide when to swear off rock. This scenario isn’t too dissimilar to a group of legislators, addicted to spending other folks’ money, who can’t agree to cut even a miniscule percentage off an Everest sized debt. The solution is rather simple, just deprive these money junkies of their tax fix and the problem will take care of itself. It’s an act of toughlove, and though the immediate whining and hand-wringing will be pretty loud and pronounced, we will all be glad we did it later…

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