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August 10th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Faith in "super committee" to fix debt woes?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The saying goes "where there's a will there's a way"... but it's not clear if our leaders have the political will - or the backbone - to fix the country's serious debt troubles.

We'll find out soon enough when the so-called super committee gets to work. We're starting to learn who will make up this powerful group... including John Kerry on the Democratic side and John Kyl for the Republicans. Their job is to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

To do that, they must take on the issues of tax increases and entitlement cuts. So far, Congress has refused to touch either issue - even though the country is insolvent and now has had its credit rating downgraded for the first time in our history.

With an election coming up next year, what makes anyone think they will suddenly make the tough decisions now?

Consider Washington's track record on the issue of deficit reduction:

Last year, President Obama named a bipartisan debt commission - which had a lot of this stuff in it. The proposals came out after the midterms, and were ignored. Then there was the gang of six in the Senate which also recommended tax reform and changing entitlement programs. That went nowhere, too. The last time there was a significant drop in federal government spending was 1954. This is all cheap political theater.

A new CNN/ORC International poll shows 63% of Americans want the committee to recommend higher taxes for the wealthy and business. 57% say the proposal should also include major cuts in domestic spending.

But majorities of those polled don't want major changes to social security and medicare... or tax increases on the middle class and poor.

It's the "have your cake and eat it" syndrome.

Here’s my question to you: How much faith do you have in the "super committee" to fix our debt woes?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rich in Texas:
Another committee in Washington. What a novel idea. What's different about this committee than what's been done before? You leave politicians in charge of anything that involves money and the loser is always the American people.

Frances:
None! The Republican leaders have chosen six right wing people who signed Grover Norquist’s pledge to never raise taxes, no matter what. How ignorant is that. They will never negotiate or compromise. They are still the party of "No and "Hell No."

Anthony on Facebook:
These are the same people who put us in this situation. Zero faith!

Pat in Michigan:
Sorry, Jack, but I think I can safely speak for a lot of Americans who have lost faith in anyone in government, with the exception of our children who fight for us in the armed services.

Mark in Phoenix:
Former Senator Simpson believes the research has already been done. But it is not the Super 12's research. The Super 12 committee needs to do 3 or 4 months of more research, then argue for a few weeks, reach no real conclusion, do absolutely no compromising, and let the automatic cuts kick in. Does anyone REALLY expect Congress to make any real decisions? Any hard decisions?

Jim in Chicago:
The Super Committee, which had replaced the Excellent Committee, which had replaced the Outstanding Committee, will someday be replaced by the Super Duper Most Excellent and Outstanding Committee, by which time the debt will be so out of control, there will be no more need for committees.


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soundoff (384 Responses)
  1. Bill

    None what so ever. These guys are incapable of getting anything done. They know nothing about "we". All they care about is "I". Going down this street is just more wasted time. Untill you stop the lobbists from putting money in there pockets we as a country will done. There is little to no hope for the middle class and the working poor.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  2. Jk from Minnesota

    Sim and None, Jack and Slim left the room.

    This is a ridiculous committee set up so that the majority of Congress doesn't have to actually earn the money and benefit we pay them and come up with a long term solution to the debt that is the best for the country as a whole and not just for their next election.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  3. David of Alexandria VA

    I have a lot of faith that they can come up with a balanced solution (like Erskin-Bowles and the G6) But, my test of faith is whether Boehner, Reid,can manage the Looney left and Righteous Right of their parties and Obama can keep his populist rhetorical oratory out of it. Getting a plan will only take some photocopying. Getting a deal will take a miracle.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  4. keeny

    none what so ever.its stilil a 2 party monopoly paid off by the same non elected agenda..

    August 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  5. John in Alabama

    Jack: I thought it might work until I heard the criticism from the Republicans about Senator Murray(D) selection. I think the less said about the selection of the 12, and more substance about their task might be more beneficial to this nation. Criticism of members before they attempt to accomplish the mission does nothing for the morale or purpose of the committee. If the committee has not come up with a solution which is accepted by Congress before November 23 there will be a 4% across the board cut of governemt spending. Defense, Homeland Security, and on, and on...

    August 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  6. Darrell - Ohio

    Does girdlock ring a bell!

    August 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  7. ranch111

    Zero faith.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  8. Linda

    I have no faith that this group of senators and congressmen and women can work together. Before any talks begin, ALL problems need to be put on the table. That includes tax increases for the wealthy and a few adjustments to Medicaid. I don't feel Medicare is an intitlement because I paid into that program many years. They all need to forget about the next election and start working for all the people of this country.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  9. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    About the same kind of faith I have in the tea party to raise taxes on a rich which means no faith at all. It really makes me mad when Congress forms a committee to do the job they should have done in the first place. They really must think the American voters are stupid. They will find out how stupid we are in the next election.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  10. Mark in Phx

    Former Senator Simpson believes the research has already been done. But it is not the Super 12's research. The Super 12 committee needs to take 3 or 4 months of more research, then argue for a few weeks, reach no real conclusion, do absolutely no compromising, and let the automatic cuts kick in. Does anyone REALLY expect congress to make any real decisions? Any hard decisions?

    August 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  11. Loren

    How can you have any faith in a committee composed of people who got us into the problem in the first place? Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Time for a real change in Washington, throw them all out and start over with as new a Congress as we can get and keep throwing them out until they get it right.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  12. Tina Tx

    Are you kidding? These are the foxes that were watching the hen house and now they are supposed to fix their mess along with their other cohorts? Not on your Nelly that I trust these people but what are we to do? Many more people will be loosing their jobs when all is said and done and D. C will still be spending money on junk we do not need.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  13. Roy Brown

    absolutely none, Jack. People like Murray and Mcconnell?? May as well kept the gang of six.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  14. chris

    well jack based on past committee's i got as much faith in them as a store clerk at a gas station performing surgery in my leg

    August 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  15. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Because they will be operating under a pretty strict timeline/deadline, I believe that this committee will surprise us all and get the job done. Another reason they will get the job done is that they all know the dire consequences that will adversely affect many Americans and they will be unable to protect any special constituency if the process is allowed to go on automatic mode. They all will lose any and all control of the outcome if the auto pilot provisions go into effect.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  16. John in Illinois

    Well is there a time limit ? If not I would trust them as far as the leader of a middle east nation ! ( Like Fox? )

    August 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  17. Pat (Missouri)

    About as much faith as I had in the "gang of six" which is to say that even if they come up with intelligent, rational, far reaching recommendations, congress will not accept them until they are so watered down as to be ineffective.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  18. Pete in Georgia

    There's no way to address this question with a straight face or laughing out loud.
    Super Committee.
    This is where we've come in our pathetic decline in leadership in the White House.
    Imagine for a moment Harry Truman or President Reagan putting up with this nonsense.
    Nuff sed.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  19. MNResident

    Governmental committees are what elected officials create when they don't want to accept responsibility for their failures. "Got as problem-shovel it off to a committee". And what this committee is going to shovel is NOT going to be dollars, I am afraid.......

    August 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  20. Greg in Arkansas

    Not much, however if the Republicans had been allowed to pick the Democrat members and the Democrats allowed to pick the Republican members of the committee, something would probably get done.....but this 12 member panel is akin to a murder suspect being allowed to pick his own "12 member jury".....

    The only thing I expect is 24/7 live coverage of political posturing until the next election while the economy continues to tank so politicians can have their "I Told You So" moment when they want our votes for reelection.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Wrong question – they're just supposed to come up with the plan... Congress, once again will have to vote to implement the plan. Even if the "super committee" is able to agree on the details... Congress will be just as dysfunctional when presented with the plan

    August 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  22. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Considering that the Republican Study Group got a seat, no faith in it at all unless Obama can sell them on designating a permanent tax cut change for every cut – and they start with the 10% rate and the $1000 child tax credit.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  23. virginia - Atlanta, GA

    Very little, I'm afraid it will be more of the tea party type attitude and another stalemate. At least the debt ceiling won't be hanging over us and the Democrats can show their strength.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  24. john thomas

    I'm afraid the twelve disciples are going to be a mixed bag of the same thing we just had. If anything comes out of it, you can bet it want be anything good for the average income, old or poor Americans.
    John T. Marathon, Fl. Keys

    August 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  25. Weldon from Fredericton NB Canada

    About the same as those who put us in debt in the first place ! !

    August 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  26. Peg from NY

    I have no faith at all in a "super committee" to fix the debt issues. A day late and a dollar short, to say the least.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  27. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Not much faith, Jack, but some hope. The way the debt deal was structured will result in a poison pill for both sides that might... MIGHT be able to get congress to actually do their job! Profiles in courage they ain't!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  28. Kevin in CA

    I have faith that whatever they do will not help or be beneficial to the average American.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  29. pete simpson

    If congress would stop spending on PORK the budget would be easy to control.After the health bill was passed a home town t paper published how much was added to the bill which was more than the original bill and we did not get to vote on it. That is where our money is going. I live in A small town near sam rayburn resevoir in east TEXAS.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  30. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Less than zero. Especially as there have already been a few committees/panels that discussed, and came up with, viable plans that were ignored. I fear we will see much of the same when it comes to this latest committee/panel.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  31. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    They're all politicians aren't they? I have yocto-faith in ANY politician to actually get ANYTHING done at ANY TIME.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  32. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    As much faith as i do in our current congress and senate-0. Do you think this committee will get anything done, except argue? More talking points and no action, the story of the past 2 years.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  33. pat in michigan

    Sorry Jack but I think I can safely speak for a lot of Americans who have lost faith in any one in govt.with the exception of our children who fight for us in the armed services

    August 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  34. Ron WPAFB

    Absolutely Not! The Super Committee is already dead in the Water, lines are drawn! Hell, the Republicans are already complaining about the Dems on the Committee! And while we're on the subject of Republicans destroying our way of life, the Congress needs to come back to work NOW! How do you go on vacation when the Economy is tanking due to something you did, there are people out of work and jobs bills to be put in place, on and on, and on!
    But if Boehner keeps up with this Hostage game every time good legislation is presented, legislation that over 2/3rds of the country wants, then we're done Jack! It is purely and only in the hands of John Boehner and he is hiding from everyone here in Ohio!!!
    Until we march on Washington, The Capitol Building, nothing is going to happen! Do you like what you see in London, Jack? If Boehner keeps doing more harm than good, it's going to happen here!

    August 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  35. Bobby Jackson MS

    None whatsoever after all they are still politicians right ?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  36. AB

    I have faith in President Obama and the Democrats on this committee. I am not so sure about the Repubicans. I am hoping that the Republicans on the committee are reasonable and are serious about resolving the debt crisis. Some of them will put the country first and politics last.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  37. Dan K

    Jack, I have no faith that anything constructive will come out of this committee! With the bickering that is ongoing and the attitude of the “Tea Party”!
    IF, anything does come out of it will be detrimental to the survival of the middle class, and add to the plight of the poor! You can bet these millionaires will not do anything detrimental to fellow millionaires or corporations (like repeal the tax breaks for only 4% of the richest tax payers or repeal tax deductions for major corporations)!
    Dan K
    Owens Crossroads Alabama

    August 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  38. Bob D Iowa

    Jack with the Republicans picking all 6 that have SIGNED THE PLEDGE they never wanted this work. Their goal is still only one thing and that is to destroy Obama and they don't care if the economy goes down too. Why do people like these continue to exist?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  39. ASGs

    Jack, the most cogent comment I can come up with on this "super committee" was made decades ago, by a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division:

    "There must be some kind of way out of here,"
    Said the joker to the thief,
    "There's too much confusion,
    I can't get no relief.
    Businessman they drink my wine,
    Plowman dig my earth
    None will level on the line, nobody offered his word, hey"

    - "All Along The Watchtower" Jimi Hendrix

    And some say nothing useful came out of the '60s....

    August 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  40. Darrell - Ohio

    We don't need no stinking Super Committee:

    Solution: Get gas back to $2.00 a gallon & hold it there for at least 6 months & I bet the ship & the economy will start righting itself. People will have extra money to buy things & this will jump start everything. Come on Government & Wall Street....make it happen & see...or then again maybe you are making too much money from Oil & like things just the way they are!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  41. Ruth from Indianapolis

    None at all. The "super committee" is there to protect Congress from criticism when it further cuts benefits to individuals and continues to allow the super rich to become richer.

    The responsibility lies with Congress. Unfortunately, they would continue their deadlock rather than allow revenues to figure into reducting the debt.

    We are still without reason or solution.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  42. Ed from California

    I have better faith in Campaign Finance Reform and outlawing any and all Lobbying and putting all elected leaders on a low income w/out any benefits what-so-ever as a better way in fixing "our' debt problem. And even better way of fixing our debt would be getting all of big and beautiful rich people to pay their fair share in taxes, just like the rest of us have to. Or, how about bringing all of our outsourced jobs back and getting the middle-class paying all of the taxes again, just so the rich don't have to. Maybe that would work.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  43. Joe CE

    The previous cmision appointed by Obama made afew good reommendations and a lot of bad ones (cut enitlements). Nothing resulted. Look for the same result from the super committee. The Administration & Congress wait for the recomendations at their peril.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  44. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack I have more faith in winning the power ball lottery and not even buying a ticket. Another committee in Washington. What a novel idea. What is being done different with this committee then was ever done before? You leave politicians in charge of anything that involves money and the loser is always the American people.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  45. Ralph Santillo

    Cape Coral, Fl

    Fat chance with the lineup the GOP put in the game.
    They are so far off of reality they can't or won't see what is happening to us middle class citizens untill we are all bankrupt, which by the way who's rights have been diminished by the revised bankruptcy laws favoring the financial industry and big business. I wish we had the guts to revolt in this country so we could at least go down fighting instead of getting our asses kicked every day.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  46. nancy kay leutzinger

    not much Jack, I think it will be the same old, same old. STALEMATE. PRESIDENT OBAMA should just go back to the Simson-Bole perposal and tell the Congress and Sentate to pass it and he'll sign it (but we know that won't happen) GOD help us middle-class people! , as long as the tea party have their way, again ! Thanks Jack, Nancy from Michigan.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  47. Chicago Jim

    The Super Commitee, which had replaced the Excellent Committee, which had replaced the Outstanding Committee, will someday be replaced by the Super Duper Most Excellent & Outstanding Committee, by which time the debt will be so out of control, there will be no more need for committee's.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  48. riley oday

    I do not think they will get it done. If they do the GOP will get their way.

    The GOP insist on no new revenue . Not a good start.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  49. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    If the Tea Party downgrade gives Boehner has a change of heart , the Super Committee could work. If he appoints only people who'll swear not to negotiate, it is no-business as usual.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  50. George, Clarksville Tn

    The only faith I would have in them is if it were so that if they didnt get a debt plan approved then they would not be getting a pay check

    August 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  51. Luis Bearga

    Are you kidding us Cafferty, haven't you seen that they can't even agree to disagree.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  52. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Jack
    This is funny. It's kinda like who will get fed to the lions. Another level of bureaucrats incapable of doing their job. Super Man or Comittee is a joke...... Don't be surprised if they give eachother a raise and go on vacation.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  53. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The Dirty Dozen will not fix America's debt woes--and as far as my having faith in these individuals-–A faith that hasn't been tested can't be "trusted."

    August 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  54. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack, when Obama took office the National debt was 10.5 trillion dollars. It is now over 14.5 trillion dollars. We were involved in 2 wars when he took office and now we are involved in 3 wars. Never in the history of America has our credit rating been less then AAA. Now under Obama we are a AA+. We have over 9 percent unemployment in America and more people on food stamps now then ever in the history of America. That being said there is not much else Obama can do to impress potential voters outside of attacking those that might be able to do better at his job.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  55. Donna

    Jack; the first thing President Obama should do is call in former President Bill Clinton to help oversee the Debt panel; with his expertise, (and we know all about that) our Country would at least have half a chance of getting back on track.
    Imagine the optimism if President Obama would appoint former President Clinton to that committee. Our stocks might soar.
    President Obama should call everyone back from Summer recess; with all our problems facing our Nation, it's time to get down to brass tacks.
    If all else fails, President Obama should step aside, and Hillary would most likely run in 2012. God only knows we need a Clinton in the White House. Run Hillary Run!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  56. Jim Machtel

    Jack

    I have faith that the only thing that the SUPER COMMITTEE will accomplish is to create SUPER GRIDLOCK

    Jim S.C.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  57. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    This must be a joke Jack. Six people that won't budge on revenue and think that jobs are created by the rich and six that want to expand spending. I have more faith in my 4 year old grandson to have the courage to fix our debt issues than these bozos. Yes, there is a real sense of cynicism with Congress to fix anything. They get an F in all areas.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  58. Allen

    The super committee is another fraud against the people of the USA. It was designed to allow Congress to eacape and deflect any blame for tax increases and/or budget cuts. And NOT DO WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ELECTED AND WELL PAID TO DO.... Which is to honestly conduct the Nation's business.

    The Bowles/Simpson has already addressed this issue in a competent way. Anything more from Congress is the standard political game.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  59. Rich McKinney, Texas

    You know Jack Obama is going to have a hard time convincing people to reelect him because of the lack of his own merits. Obama had nothing to do with getting Osama Bin Laden that was all our militaries doing. While he may claim to be responsible for it and his polls went up after it happened he was nothing more then the one sitting on the toilet when the roll of paper ran out. It happens to all of us from time to time. What I will give Obama full credit for is being the first president in history to lose Americas triple A credit rating. Perhaps he should have studied economics instead of community organizing.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  60. Greg of Mechanicsburg, PA

    I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that the super committee will get bogged down with political wrangling. The Republicans have already said they won't appoint anyone to it who would consider "raising taxes" in any way. That just about puts an end to the idea of compromise. Besides, I liked the ideas that came out of the last budget committee, but they may as well have been spitting in the wind for all the good that it did.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  61. cal

    NONE. Look were the menbers come from congress. This bunch could not stop a pillow fight.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  62. Rick McDaniel

    I think we should be looking for the auto-kick ins.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  63. pad

    Jack , these are the people that made our DEBT WOES how could anyone have faith in them. They just pasted a bill to barrow more money and raise the debt limit.They should all resign from office to save the U.S.A.
    Paul
    Ames,Ia
    Term limits!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  64. James

    No faith at all. You have no-new-taxes republicans on one side and save all entitlement democrats on the other side. Nothing will ever get done so let the anarchy begin!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  65. Doug

    Zero. The people that picked them couldn't, so it is a dumb question. Doug.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  66. Annie, Atlanta

    My faith in all politicians is gone. Until we realize they're all bought and paid for, and not by us, there’s little hope left that we’ll ever move forward again. Dylan Ratigan went on an incredible rant yesterday. It was a sight to behold. Almost everything coming out of congress is geared towards moving money upwards to the richest, paid for by those of us who can no longer afford it. Until we stop it, we’re so screwed.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  67. curtis in philadelphia

    Ha! You're funny Jack. Faith in the super committee, Ha! What a comedian.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  68. Tom in Desoto, TX

    If what they come up with would be law then it might have a slim chance. Since it would have to get though both houses of Congress then I'd say you could first breathe on the moon without a special suit..

    August 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  69. Dan

    There is already discontent between the parties as to whom the others chose. My G.O.P. Senator from PA seems unable to concieve of any tax reform that increases revenues. The Dem. Senator from Washington seems to think that entitlements are sacrosanct. My hope is that they neutralize one another and cooler heads will prevail to really compromise for the good of us all.

    Dan
    Stewartstown, PA

    August 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  70. Kim Smith

    These guys are going to be recruited from the same group of idiots that got us in this mess in the first place, so I have absolutely zero faith in anything they come up with. There is nothing "super" about a dozen politicians, whose only allegience is to lobbyists and their own interests, sitting around and deciding the next best way to run America into the ground. It is the text book description of insanity, and they are doing everything they can to eliminate the American people from the equation.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  71. Pat - NJ

    Raising the debt ceiling
    Left the world reeling

    Faith in a comittee?
    Its not going to be pretty

    August 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  72. John James

    Oak Hill, West Virginia. I feel that this committee after more infighting will finally do something positive for a change. The first thing to do is see that everyone which includes corporation pay their fair share as well as the rich and middleclass, as the poor can not pay. Need to set caps on how much Medicare can move up in one year-need no more than 5% increase, same for health benefits. Cut taxes everyone pays would spur the economy and get us moving. All corporations awhich make a profit are to pay at least 7% of their profits in taxes.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  73. Jerry Driskell

    I think a quote from Will Rogers on this matter is appropriate.

    "Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even."

    Does that answer your question ?

    Jerry
    Blairsville, GA

    August 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  74. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,

    Only if they address the debtor (themselves) as well as the debt.

    Start by recommending term limits, a ceiling on campaign expenditures, the banning of all lobbying, and Congressional salaries and perks tied to Gross Domestic Product growth. Regaining the confidence of the electorate first will make a bitter pill easier to swallow. .

    August 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  75. becky - Las Vegas

    I have little faith in a super committee. There already has been a committee who put forth SEVERAL good/viable ideas which were ignored by both sides of the aisle and the President.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  76. Ron - Georgia

    It would make more sense if the Democrats picked the Republican committee members and Republicans would select the Democratic members. I think we would reach a much more sensible and realistic solution that way because Democrats would pick Republicans more sensitive to their concerns and Republicans would do the same.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  77. Dave

    Griswold, Connecticut
    The only super committe members I have faith in are people who are really interested in change. Change like the Tea party.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  78. Noel Sivertson

    No faith at all.

    The committee is stacked with no tax Republicans and will come up with a plan to gut Social Security and Medicare without new taxes or loophole closings. Either the Democrats will yield to those demands or deadlock.

    The Republicans are counting on a deadlock which will automatically kick in Draconian Social Security, Medicare, and defense cuts. We already see Republicans, the Department of Defense, and defense contractors lobbying to water down those defense cuts in anticipation of that.

    I don't think Republicans are comfortable with a democratic form of government. They have already demonstrated they want total power so they can tell the opposition and the American people, "Shut up, sit down, and do what we tell you."

    Noel
    New Mexico

    August 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  79. Jim

    Are you kidding Jack? Reid has already appointed a blue dog on the committee and the republicans that have been appointed have all taken a pledge not to raise taxes. Get the picture? Gridlock will continue until 2012 when hopefully we can throw the tea party out and elect some folks with sanity and ethics to represent the people who elect them for a change. BTW, the republicans are happy with this setup because gridlock means the triggers take effect. Shameful!

    August 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  80. Stella-Northern New York

    Hello Jack. Debt Woes HUH...more importantly JOB WOES should be fixed. Members of both parties will slash and burn the middle class,the elderly,the poor,medicare,social security,our soldiers benefits, and education to name afew all in the name of fixing debt woes. They'll pat themselves on the back for their hard work because you and I are nothing but a joke to them. They will not touch their sacred cow programs for the rich/tax loop holes for millionaires and business/unfair trade agreements/banking system/wall street/endless wars/incentives paid by our taxes to ship jobs out of the country and many many more. Who is looking out for main street America? NO ONE!!! Let's face it folks we're going to send the same vultures who have been cutting our throats for years right back to Washington in the next election to cut our throats again and again and again. You and I are very angry but I sense most Americans
    are also afraid. When I was a young women in the sixties WE WERE NOT AFRAID. Do the old people like myself (68 and still working) have to take this fight for our Country and our livelihood to the street again for all of America?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  81. Kathie

    Zip Zero Zilth. The previous recommendations were ignored so why would this bunch of nonrepresentatives be any different. Neither side, especially the GOP, will give an inch. The GOP allegiance is to Norquist, Limbaugh and their own self serving interests.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  82. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    So far, each 'leader' has chosen hard-line partisans to seats on the committee and included not one of the 'Gang of Six.' We're in for a long ride of continued shrill and stubborn discourse. We can only pray that we're blessed with a moment of statesmanship.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    August 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  83. Joe in Arizona

    None. No politician has the guts to do what really needs to be done to fix this country. Completely revamp the tax code, stop all foreign aide, stop all needless grants for useless studies, close the borders, put limits on welfare like unemployment, stream line government, no vacations for any elected official until this is fixed. Jack I could go on for days.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  84. Al in Delaware

    It's a waste of time. All of the Republicans have sworn an oath to some little turd named Grover not to raise taxes, so it will not go anywhere.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  85. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Homer penned in The Iliad:
    "We, the Gods, will live as long as the humans believe in us. The day the humans no longer believe in us, all the Gods will disappear."

    Thousands of years ago hundreds of thousands of Greeks believed in these Gods, so much so they died and lived for these beliefs, today they are only legend and myth.

    One day we will look back as a people on what is labeled Republicans, Democrats, or Tea Party's, and understand that their beliefs in their one sided absolute ideologies, their enslaving pedagogy were but myth and helped no one, least of all us.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  86. Gordon NJ

    None, especially since the Republicans can gain political victory by refusing to compromise. If there is grid-lock, there are cuts to entitlements and defense. I can hear it now .. Democrats refused to compromise (by further tax cuts to millionaires) and now we have to weaken Amercia's defense because of Dems. Who designed this plan, Karl Rove?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  87. Dan in Aluququerque

    Not much confidence, Jack. But, if nothing is done to get both cuts AND revenue, the automatic cuts and a repeat of a "no compromise" attitude by exremists on both sides will doom us to a much greater loss of jobs, larger debt and probably more downgrades. The majority of people want cuts AND revenue. If they ignore America's majority middle ground, they will suffer greatly in 2012. By then, it probably won't make a lot of difference. The damage may be virtually insurmountable for decades.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  88. Brian (From Chicago)

    None....if we keep repeating ourselves. Here's the solution Jack. The Republican leaders should be made to select the Democratic Six, and the Democratic leaderss should be made to select the Republican Six. If the leaders are free to choose their own most partisan members for this committee, a compromise will never happen. This approach forces bipartisanship and avoids super partisanship and politics from the beginning.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  89. Dave - Phx, Az

    Zero, in fact -522.93 faith. Just like the rest of the stock market.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  90. Bill - Fort Wayne, IN

    Isn't this committee made up of the same people who got us into this mess and have failed for years to address the issues causing it? What makes them any smarter, or more motivated to fix the underlying issues, just because they are now part of some "Super Committee? The only fix to this mess is to clean house.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  91. Dave, Orlando, FL

    None. There are only 2 ways this can possibly turn out. 1.) The spineless, gutless Democrats on the committee will cave as usual; or 2.) the clock will again run out invoking the trigger. Either way the wealthy will get even more tax breaks, that is those who haven’t yet found a tax lawyer to eliminate their tiny tax burden completely, and the rest of us will have our taxes raised while everything else we depend on is cut back.

    Having said that, there seems to be some misconception that Social Security is the same as welfare. It is NOT. It is our money that we were forced to save for ourselves – like a bank account or a 401k. Cutting SS is exactly the same as breaking into a bank and stealing money out of everyone’s retirement accounts. Stealing that money, as the Republicans want to do, is nothing less than criminal and morally and ethically corrupt.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  92. Jim

    Jack,

    I fully expect the Republicans to once again dig in their heels with completely unreasonable demands and force a stalemate. I don't think they're capable of anything else.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    August 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  93. marybeth, massachusetts

    Absolutely none at all. Having an even number of members on the committee and having each side pick who they want to serve on it guarantees deadlock, unless the Democrats cave as usual.

    This is deliberate–having Republicans on the committee guarantees that tax cuts for the wealthy will continue while they can say they pushed for spendings, but for those dastardly Democrats.

    Having Democrats on the committee hopefully means that social safety programs (social security, medicare) remain intact and they can say they pushed for tax increases, but for those repulsive Republicans.

    It is all about catering to their respective bases, not about solving the problem.

    The American public has it right–to fix it there will have to be increases in taxes (and not just for the poor and middle class, but for the wealthy too) AND spending cuts. If you want to lose weight you have to do 2 things–increase your amount and level of exercise and decrease your caloric intake. Doing one without the other won't get you the results. Same here with the fiscal crisis–both tax increases and spending cuts are required in order to get fiscally fit.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  94. Donna from Wisconsin

    As long as the Republicans appointed have the party mantra ingrained of "no taxes', they won't go far. None of these Washington Congressmen will do what we the people want. That is Everyone pays their share–including the rich and cut spending. Balance is balance is balance. We already had the 'Gang of Six'. All Congress would have to do is vote yes on thier proposal and we would be going right now. So this won't go far. Everyone wants to get re-elected. They will let the extremists again take control.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  95. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    Tax breaks for the wealthy (inclulding businesses moving jobs offshore) have to go and since the guys in this super-group are all wealthy, I won't hold my breath. Additionally, as much as I support our valorous military, we spend more on the military than EVERY other country combined! Doesn't anyone else see something wrong with this?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  96. steve in pensacola

    As long as this super committee isn't made up of the same pirates that walk the deck of congres.............Oh, never mind. The answer is zero.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  97. Ed from Texas

    None. Sen. McConnell has said he won't appoint anyone to the committe who would raise taxes. So, even before the members are selected, we already know there won't be any compromise. See you in Hooverville, Jack.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  98. Brandy

    Just remember these same disgraceful members of Congress fought over raising the debt ceiling are now called the super committee. Why we we think they can come up with any solutions now? So America needs to brace for the fallout.

    Newport, Ky

    August 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  99. cathy

    Very little Jack,
    I believe that destroying this great nation is more of a priority to some in Congree via political posturing than doing what is right for the Country.
    Want to bet on what happens in 2012?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  100. Bill in New Mexico

    This "super committee" is taken from warring, polarized parties out of two dissimilar bodies (the House and Senate.)

    This four-way "odd couple" committee will have a great deal of luggage:

    A.) The Democrats have been criticized by their angry members as having caved.

    B.) Republicans who have now decided or realized that they have been the winners.

    C.) Although they are catching criticism, the Tea Party is still holding onto no tax increases and eliminate the debt, now. They are not bulging.

    This group will fight and refuse to bulge. This super committee will watch the dreaded "block cut" descend making cuts across the board.

    This is the "Christmas Cut."

    No the super committee won't do anything. And, if they don't–what use is the super committee going to be?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  101. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    First I don't like the idea of a "super committee". This reaks of the few dictating to the many. Where did the transparency in government go!
    I elected more than one person because I don't want one idiot or misguided individual to make choices for me. This is nothing but an escape for Obama from taking any leadership role. Oh that's right it's just par for the course for this lame president.
    It's going to be a waste of time because none of these career politicians have lived in the real world.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  102. Bo (Tulsa)

    Faith is belief in things not seen or not proven. We'd have to all be fools to have faith that a Congressional committee will achieve anything unless the Vice President gets to cast the "tie-breaking" vote. That's the wasy the framers of the Constitution set up the Senate.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  103. RickFromDetroit

    NONE: If the 535 members of Congress can't solve our debt woes, then how is 12 of the same members going to solve it?

    The super committee will receive all of their input from the Bankers, Economists, Wall Street, etc., like they have for years, but all of them and the Congress have a "vested interest" in their own policies.

    It will be business as usual, allow the gangsters to steal at random, while the government turns their backs and makes millions for themselves.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  104. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    I have no faith in the supercommittee at all, Jack. So far, gangs and committees have gotten us nowhere, and this will be yet another failure to add to the list. Why bother? These committees are all made up of the same members of Congress who refuse to listen to the people they claim to represent and are selling us down the river. We need to vote them out. Oh, and by the way...term limits, anyone?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  105. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Jack, this "committee of super-sized egos" won't be able to agree on what time to each lunch, let alone agree on how to solve our debt troubles. God help us.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  106. Layne Alleman

    Jack, About as much as I have in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus getting married there in New York, and settling down to have a family. I am sure, however, that they will spend lots of money having dinner-meetings, traveling around the country 1st class on "fact-finding missions", and of course the mandatory spots events/ photo-ops, all the while telling anyone who's listening(?), how "hard these decisions are to make", and it will "probably take another ten years, or so", before coming to an agreement. Anyone waiting for anyone in "Congress" to get us out of this mess should be locked in a padded room by their family members for their own good. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  107. Sylvia from San Diego

    As long as we have "big spend government " Democrats on the committee, nothing will get done....

    August 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  108. Wayne

    ...hummm lets put the most partisan group of politicians in the same room, hand them six votes a piece and ask them to vote. I wonder what the outcome will be……duhhh.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  109. Luella Lappe

    They don't worry about fixing anything. All they are looking for is ways to win the next election

    August 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  110. barbara in nc

    As soon as the republicans put 6 people on that have SIGNED AWAY ALL OF THEIR LIVES TO NORQUIST, I knew it was doomed.

    I just hope Baucus doesn't cave (as he's been known to do). I'd rather see the whole thing hit the triggers that WILL get meaningful reforms on both sides - BOTH SIDES. NOT just cutting benefits to the people who have paid in to them all their lives.

    I'm sick of the entire government coddling the wealthy to the extent that they have. The wealthy are NOT and have NOT EVER paid their share.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  111. Gus from CA

    Can't imagine how this committee can accomplish anything. The only rational solution is revenue increases thru closing loopholes, halting give aways to ag and oil, and reverse the Bush cuts. Then you make limited changes in Social Security, like raising the retirement ages and nominal tax increases (Need more, because the ration of paid out to paid in is poor – simple concept). Medicare would probably work better if it were a sort of single payer system. It is expensive to only insure old people.

    With the reds saying they will not consider taxes, and the blues saying they will not consider adjustments to entitlements without taxes, you get gridlock. And nothing done but attempts to blame the other side.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  112. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl i'm going to hold my breath starting right now! the day our politicians stop spending is the day china repo's america for non-payment, which may before we have our next or last election.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  113. Gary H. Boyd

    The Super Committee will succeed if it has dynamic, charismatic, intelligent, thoughtful and completely unbiased membership. However, since the six who will comprise it will be coming from a disorganized, washed out, totally biased and polarized mob in both the House and Senate, the chances of that happening are slim and none, nada and nil. You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear.
    This committee is doomed before it's first gavel falls.

    Gary H. Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  114. Zach S

    I bet they can't even agree on what they should order in for lunch.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  115. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    None at all. When the "super committe" fails, maybe they will create a "super duper committe" and after that maybe a "double super duper committee". Any way you get my drift. Who comes up with this Looney toon crap anyway?
    Don't they know we are adults and have been around the block a few times? "SUPER COMMITTEE"? BUT WAIT THER'S MORE! LOL.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  116. Bill in PA

    Jack

    In a word: N O !

    Faith in "super committee: minus 100%

    They, or the Congress will will fire them, either way things get fouled up worse.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  117. John from Limerick, Pennsylvania

    I have very little faith in the "gang of six", "super committee", or any other catchy name they come up with for a group of people funded by corporate greed. Americans are divided on a lot of policy issues but one thing is clear, we all recognize the middle class is disappearing while the wealthy benefit from our demise. It's obvious our "Representatives" don't represent the will of the majority of Americans. They represent the supposed "job creators" who sit atop a mountain of cash while unemployment sits at 9.1%. The worst thing we did was give tax cuts to these leeches as part of the stimulus package. Welcome to the United States of Fascism.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  118. Sean

    Maybe they should focus on jobs. That would increase tax revenue better then taxing the rich would, don't you think?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  119. Aaron

    There will be no compromises, just talking points and finger pointing. I think this congress is an embarrassment and they should all be voted out. We need to start over. Nuff said.

    State College, Pennsylvania

    August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  120. Rusty S.

    Not much at all especially considering that the members are being drawn from the same Congress that recently brought us to the brink of a default and whose gridlock helped precipitate the recent credit downgrade. What we need is a super committee drawn from everyday folks, economists and scholars. These would be people who have a strong, vested interest in tackling the issues WITHOUT the gridlock mentality and partisan baggage that Congressional members obviously have.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  121. Sam Martin in PA

    I have a lot of faith in Congress. I have total faith that it will not succeed in a way that the voters want. I don't know about all the others, but putting my 2008 elected super-Senator on it makes sure its sessions will be filled with valueless rhetoric- which I fear I will have to listen too.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  122. wayne, va beach, va

    non what so ever.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  123. Dennis north carolina

    waste of money!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  124. Kevin in CA

    My faith in them is ranked -520 points.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  125. Gigi Oregon

    I'd have more faith if, they ran a lottery made up of 6 voters paying taxes and over the age 35. .

    August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  126. Jan From DE

    I only have faith in the next election because no one in office now will survive it except Obama. The Legislative Branch is full of political chronies who only care about power. It is so far detached from it's constitutional purpose that it needs a complete renovation. This so called super committee will just continue the arguing and name calling. Why do anything when the outcome has already been determined?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  127. Mr. D

    Super! I'll take regular. Here we go again-another committee that won't be listened to. Lets lock the entire Congress in a room, along with the president, and no one leaves until we have tangible results in regards to the country's financial situation. Oh wait, it's vacation time.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  128. Paul From Austin Texas

    Faith? Can any of us faith on anyone on Capital Hill now? On faith that they will screw up the mess even more. Vote them all out no matter of party Republican, Democract, or Tea. Maybe we should start the Mushroom Party because you know what line they feed us and try to keep us in the dark throw them all out.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  129. Paul

    Jack, I have followed this whole situation now the last couple of months. I'm from Europe where politicians listen to their voters. Look at what happened in The Netherlands YEARS ago: raise taxes for the wealthy (and wealthy companies), tax the companies higher who polute the air more, etc etc etc etc. Where are they now: AAA rating and a 4.2% unemployment. Mr. Obama should put his fist on the table and tell these super 12 what he wants (and is needed) and get them to work! Isn't it so that 63% of the US people want a tax change?

    Just my point of view.
    Paul – The Netherlands

    August 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  130. Gigi Oregon

    I'd have more faith in a lottery made up of tax payers over thirty five and they drew six names. Now that is a Democracy at work.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  131. Thom Richer

    Another pseudo committee to misdirect attention from real problems. Another committee to waste American's time and money to bide time and protect their political behinds while doing nothing...again. Smoke and mirrors all over again without any apology or responsibility to working Americans. Pretending to do something while actually doing nothing is what our government thrives on. Something voters need to remember at the polls in 2012 when considering a vote for an incumbent. That along with remembering, church and state must remain separate. Any candidate professing "God" spoke to him or her and told them they should run for office or use their belief in God to achieve political or personal gain, must be weeded out before election day. Look at the countries in eternal political, economic and humanitarian turmoil and you will see they are all religious based governments.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  132. Paul P.

    My only hope is they actually stop pointing fingers long enough to look at the polls, listen to a majority of financial experts, look at the credit rating downgrade and the stock market volatility and conclude that they really need to accomplish something balanced and very substantial. That may be asking too much of them, however.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  133. Scott Stodden

    If Senator John Kerry Is Included In This Committee Then I Have A Lot Of Faith That They Will Do What They Have To Do To Fix The Debt Problem And The Country's Problems But The Only Way We Can Fix The Debt Problem Is To Raise Taxes On The Wealthy And Make Cuts In Etitlement Programs!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    August 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  134. David from Herndon, VA

    None whatsoever. Just kicking the can down the road. Again.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  135. Peter from Wisconsin

    Entrenched positions doom the "super committee." I predict the triggers in the recently negotiated deficit agreement will kick in. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 519 points today. Imagine the point drop when there is an automatic federal budget cut trigger.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  136. Joe

    Jack, how can we have faith in a process in which the stated agenda for one party is to annihilate all who support the President?

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  137. Gus from Texas

    Jack

    The super committiee is unconstitutional and completely violates my rights. Having voted neither democrat or republican I now have to sit and wait for 6 Democrats and 6 Repuclicans to decide how I am going to be taxed. The first rule of forming a committiee is you don't have an even number because it causes deadlock and prevents action from being taken. I am an independent and I am not being represented here. Unless a 13th seat is made for an independent this is taxation without representation.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  138. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    The Super Committee is supposed to fix debt? No, I don't think so. The Super Committee is to fix POWER woes. To speed things through congress and breeech the separation of powers between the branches of government and corporate interests. This isn't a committee, it's a coup.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  139. Michael Genentz

    I have little faith in the "super committee" ! The real problem at this point is the election next year. The battle of Republicans against Democrats is just going to continue and neither side is going to adjust their "game plan". A "super committee won't change that all of a sudden !
    It is about time to touch the taxes of the wealthy. It's not like they will turn into middle class citizen...

    August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  140. Mah, Seattle

    Judging by the members of the supercommittee the Republicans just chose, there will be the same gridlock in the supercommittee as there was in Congress 2 weeks ago.

    Good riddance to America!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  141. deborah ballweg

    Those particular 12 people could'nt agree on lunch

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  142. ejmounsey Granville Ohio

    If the media will stop using the term "tax increases" and use instead the term "closing the tax loopholes", it will be a start to changing the conversation for the better and the gang of 12 will hear from the voters.

    EJMounsey, Granville, Ohio

    August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  143. Viv from NY

    If there is a REPUBICAN OR A TEA PARTY member on the committee I have little faith anything will be solved. All we need to do is two small things to solve the problem,
    1. Let the Bush tax cuts expire or just those for the wealthy 2 %
    2. Eliminate the employee cap on income subject to FICA.
    If they stop just looking out for themselves and start looking out for the country we can easily fix the debt.
    Time for the president to lead and have the country do whats right and bring in more revenue.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  144. Ralph Nelson

    I remember watching how FDR worked with the Republicans to overcome the Great Depression. How Lyndon Johnson worked with the Republicans to pass the Civil Rights Act, Clean Air Act, and other legislation we relize today was for the good. And how the Republicans worked with Biull Clinton to pass his economic program (51-50 vote in Senate) that set off the second bigest economic expansion in history, balanced the budget, and ran surpluses. Yes, it is clear this committee well be successful. You can always count on the Republicans (1929, 1958, 1969, 1974, 1981, 1991, 2008).

    August 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  145. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Faith!? In our politicians? Let me get back to you after I stop laughing, that ought to be sometime next week. Which will still be a lot sooner than anything gets done in Washington.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  146. Christof in Austin, TX

    Well Jack,
    This is just another fine example of what politicians do best; appoint a committee made up of misfit political allies, draft knee-jerk half-measures to solve the problem at hand, ignore the recommendations, then kick-the-can down the road until election time. Members of the senate, and especially the house of representatives, deserve to be booted out of office. Its their job to raise revenues and appropriate the budget. Have these wing-nuts even read the constitution? One has to wonder.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  147. dave in nashville

    Faith in 12 people who have assisted in creating the same debt, you have to be joshing . Note they start in November to create the cure for cancer, no reason to rush, the patient is half dead anyway. Next!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  148. Christof in Austin, TX

    Jack, the answer is "NONE".

    Seems like we should learn from history; the Fall of the Roman Empire comes to mind.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  149. Rick D.

    Faith in another political committee that in the end will get blown off by our congression leaders again? Yeah, right? I have total faith that this is again a waste of time & tax payers money. Might as well go ahead get a pencil and circle on the calendar the date when the default cuts kick in because this congress will agree on nothing meaningful and nothing that really needs to be done.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  150. Donald in New Mexico

    Faith and politics don't mix. Have they ever done anything that would instill faith in anyone? I have a pessimistic view of politics that might be mistaken as a lack of faith. When low expectations are realized, is that faith?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  151. Randy

    If you mean fix as in the "fix" is in to destroy social security and Medicare/aid sure I have faith in that.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  152. dennis in pa.

    i have no faith in any part of our government to fix anything that they broke!
    i think there should be increased taxes on everyone we all need to fix the problems the government created. taxing the rich isn't the answer everytime. those 50 percent or so who don't pay any taxes should pay their share. i am not rich or very well off put i am tired of people who make money paying for the people who don't,won't or could care less. last time i checked we are all created equal. the government got us here we all need to get us out of it.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  153. ADEAN

    From MA.

    I believe in a two party system and I believe each party has the right to their opinion. I do not like or want to listen to fingerpointing, nasty name calling, arrogant people who think they have all the answers. I am really disgusted with all the news channels and their opinions. I just want to hear the facts as best they know them and I will make up my own mind. Lots of people feel the same way. We are tired of the talking heads, the arrogant politicians and the fighting while our Country which has helped so many for so long is now being destroyed.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  154. Jayne in Jacksonville, FL

    If they'll take a scalpel to the table and slice out the spending for things that aren't necessary, I believe a committee could be the right choice to at least make a start in fixing the debt problems in America. No one wants to be the "bad guy" and cut funding for things someone thought were worthy of funding at some point in the past. Bridges to nowhere, fighters we'll not use or don't need, social programs for people who want to buy things they can't afford.... the places to cut are obvious if you've been paying attention, just seems to me that no one wants to deliver the bad news to the 'patient'. Maybe someone in Washington should spend some time with a surgeon... learn the difference between what can and should stay, and just how much needs to go to make it work.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  155. judy wilson

    There is only one way the deficit can be fixed...by taxing the wealthy and everyone making over $250K. So all this talk about Washington doing anything is just so much bull and everyone knows it.!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  156. Donnie Shelton

    None! This is a colossal battle between the richest and the rest of us. The wealthy – and corporations – are in charge. Instead of doing their job of creating jobs, the wealthy are trying to get rid of Obama – so they can make even more money with no government or tax intervention. They should care about what they call the best country on Earth – and they should care about We the People. But we aren't the only customers any more, so we mean nothing to them! We can only hope the People continue their waking up process so they will vote down the Tea Party – and give the Dems a landslide in 2012.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  157. judy wilson

    The Super Committee is more crap to kick the increase of taxes for the wealthy. They will accomplish nothing but more despair for the middle and lower classes. They are all bought and paid for.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  158. Donnie Shelton

    P.S. I'm from near Lyons, CO

    August 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  159. Curt, Avon, Indiana

    Hey Jack, have you ever seen a committee that could fix anything? I would have more faith in Larry, Moe and Curly coming to a reasonable solution than a dozen millionaires who have a vested interest in keeping their taxes low and seem to enjoy screwing old people.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  160. Dale Kerns Jr

    It is an absolute fallacy that a few hand picked members of congress are going to put the world world back together or for that matter a puzzle. We have a constitution that does not outline this mess. It is sad that so many members of congress gave up their rights with this new super power. With all the egos standing up there in Washington you have to think, did they even read the bill?

    Dale Kerns

    Eddystone, Pa

    August 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  161. Justin

    Jack,
    Telling Jesus to take the wheel didn't take us to the moon or create the Hoover Dam. As history has shown we need intellectual ideas based on facts and science accomplish huge feats, not faith in ideas that come from an Iron Age metaphorical text. Let's get real and solve our problems before its too late!

    Justin
    Athens, GA

    August 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  162. T Jonathan Morse

    Wait Wait this is a super committee of economic royalists or elected officials who are beholding to them for campaign funding. I am a very middle class Retired working guy living on my ss check I should be represented in this issue But I feel I haven't been represented on any thing for years. I would Ask why we need to be fighting these wars. Don,t we have enough need here at home. Why not tax the rich the so called job makers,only true if you count jobs over seas. I would tell them stop exporting jobs Stop importing goods And you will have jobs Guys like me are stuck on a merry go round of lack of money so we are forced to buy the cheap imported goods. I would tell them Make all container ships off loading imports subject to the Jones act so at least our own sailors and ship yard workers got jobs. Yes I would tell them But they don' hear me I am just a weed to the Royalists

    August 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  163. Bob in Kansas City

    I seriously doubt anything this committee proposes will see the light of day...too many folks in DC can't stand to see the other side benefit.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  164. Charly in Del Mar

    Absolutely none. They are all in re-election mode. As was brought up one one of the comedy channels. They are all lawyers and they are taught to win the argument – regardless of whether they are right or wrong – it's just a big debate class to them. "We" are not even part of the equation.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  165. John Colorado Springs

    I trust the committee to come up with a fair and balanced plan as much as I trust them to run the country instead of running for reelection. Less than not much.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  166. John

    I'm sure I have no faith, Jack. This committee looks destined for pure gridlock, unleashing the mandatory cuts anyway. Like it or not, to get out of this, there will be pain in the form of personal tax increases, a corporation tax decrease while eliminating all deductions, and cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Sorry, that's what you get when the largest group of the population has paid relatively low taxes through much of their working lives while wanting it all in retirement. I surely won't have it so good.

    John
    Mesa, Az

    August 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  167. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    I have faith in the Government to fix anything as much faith I have to have Jesus come back and fix the mess we have in the Holy Land.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  168. Ted from Hershey PA

    There will be NO solutions from the super committee, and it is doubtful if any triggers will be employed effectively!! The stock market knows this, and it is reflecting our US, the EU and other nations problems that we have all overspent our credit cards and don't want to pay for our excesses – but someone else can now bail us out!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  169. Chris in Ontario

    The current troubles do have a little to do with spending/deficit. Mostly though, its the polarization and politics that are scaring the rating agency(s). They saw how long it took and how much effort went into something which in the past was so trivial and that scares them. Markets don't like uncertainty. Care to take any bets on how long it will take this super committee do do its job? First they'll have to define what qualifies as "rich". The 1930s were similar, but they were nothing like this situation.....

    August 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  170. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    I have no confidence at all, Jack.

    Didn't someone once say that the camel was designed by committee? And look how that turned out!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  171. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    I have no confidence at all.

    Didn't someone once say that the camel was designed by committee? Look how that turned out!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  172. Ron WPAFB

    Absolutely Not! The Super Committee is already dead in the Water, lines are drawn! Hell, the Republicans are already complaining about the Dems on the Committee! And while we're on the subject of Republicans destroying our way of life, the Congress needs to come back to work NOW! How do you go on vacation when the Economy is tanking due to something you did, there are people out of work and jobs bills to be put in place, on and on, and on!
    But if Boehner keeps up with this Hostage game every time good legislation is presented, legislation that over 2/3rds of the country wants, then we're done Jack! It is purely and only in the hands of John Boehner and he is hiding from everyone here in Ohio!!!
    Until we march on Washington, The Capitol Building, nothing is going to happen! Do you like what you see in London, Jack? If Boehner keeps doing more harm than good, it's going to happen here!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  173. o'dell

    If the super committee can put this mess back together then somebody needs to ship them Humptey Dumpty! No one in Washington has any guts and our president keeps Harvardizing everything...he needs to name names now and kick...oh well.....I am afraid that the only person who can help is Harry Potter

    August 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  174. Donna

    Jack; the first thing President Obama should do is call in former President Bill Clinton to help oversee the Debt panel; with his expertise, (and we know all about that) our Country would at least have half a chance of getting back on track.
    Imagine the optimism if President Obama would appoint former President Clinton to that committee. Our stocks might soar.
    President Obama should call everyone back from Summer recess; with all our problems facing our Nation, it's time to get down to brass tacks.
    If all else fails, President Obama should step aside, and Hillary would most likely run in 2012. God only knows we need a Clinton in the White House. Run Hillary Run! Donna from Ohio

    August 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  175. Phillip

    Automactic tax increases and automatic cuts in spending here we come!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  176. Gail Hunter

    Few will agree, but the Neo-revolution began several years ago. How many old-tyme Republicans fled to the Independents about the time of Goldwater? Ross Perot was "before his time" – ditto others. The rumble is on...Hey, leaders – Pay Attention. Or is it too late?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  177. Ron Dayton

    Absolutely Not! The Super Committee is already dead in the Water, lines are drawn! Hell, the Republicans are already complaining about the Dems on the Committee! And while we're on the subject of Republicans destroying our way of life, the Congress needs to come back to work NOW! How do you go on vacation when the Economy is tanking due to something you did, there are people out of work and jobs bills to be put in place, on and on, and on!
    But if Boehner keeps up with this Hostage game every time good legislation is presented, legislation that over 2/3rds of the country wants, then we're done Jack! It is purely and only in the hands of John Boehner and he is hiding from everyone here in Ohio!!!
    Until we march on Washington, The Capitol Building, nothing is going to happen! Do you like what you see in London, Jack? If Boehner keeps doing more harm than good, it's going to happen here!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  178. Jeff in The Villages Florida

    This country is in a major crises financially. Why isn't the Congress back in session and the so-called "recess' (recess was for grade school) boon-doggles cancelled?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  179. Eric B

    no Jack I have NO faith in at all in it. Just look so far at who the GOP has picked. They ALL took the pledge not to raise taxes at all so why even have that discussion. This is just a waste of time and tax payer money...tax payer money because I know they are not doing this for free.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  180. MrKnowItAll

    Grab hold of the hand rail, Virginia, this is going to be a bumpy ride! I have as much faith in the super committee as I do people, companies, and politicians as a whole. Real people are suffering, children are homeless, sucicide rates are climbing and no one really cares. When people are willing to cause real harm to others, for political gain, moral principles, or religious beliefs.........WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  181. Dave Miller

    None Jack. Both sides are picking ideologues who reside far from the center and many of the republicans have signed that stupid pledge of Grover Norquist. Why not sign a pledge to their constituents that they will do their job. Whoops, how silly of me, I momentarily forgot this is Washington. So my hope is none, nil, nada.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  182. James Graves

    That's a tough one Jack. How about zero.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  183. BH Auld

    It has to be real, substantive, quantifiable change in the budget.

    From the Sheraton in Columbus OH

    August 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  184. Janet

    None at all. More commissions? I'm sick of commissions. Give me some results.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  185. Brad Griswold

    One word, "None".

    -Brad Griswold
    Pleasant Valley, CT

    August 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  186. Larry

    Super committee – super snafu.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  187. Terry in Virginia

    I have more faith in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  188. Jeffrey Sodusta

    Simple, None. If Congress made it last minute, why expect the super committee to to fix our debt. Republicans and Democrats can't comprise anymore these days.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  189. Pat Ritchie

    Short answer: very little.
    Shorter answer: None

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  190. Keith

    depends on whether the public is ready drop their laptops, notebooks and cell phones and MARCH ON DC!

    really sad! this could be solved with some really common sense
    solutions.

    Keith

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  191. John Fortier

    How much confidence do I have in the "Super Committee" to come up with a workable compromise solution to America's debt and deficit problems?

    None whatsoever.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  192. Ray

    NONE, the failure is built in with the partisan choices appointed.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  193. Josh B in Los Angeles

    I have No faith at all.... if Congress's Track record is anything to go by, it will be more and more bickering and infighting. Look at the debt plan. Neither side was happy with it. What makes you think they will get anything done in this "super committee?" If you ask me, its more like a "show committee." It's just a show to the public that congress is trying to do something, and we all have already seen what happens when congress *TRIES* to do something.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  194. Larry in Omaha

    About as much as in flying pigs. BTW, I would not call this cheap political theater – it is very expensive and getting worse. Notice the Stock Market today?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  195. jeff foster

    Simple math for that question – ZERO ! Maybe the Government should try some simple math.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  196. Sarah R

    How much faith do I have in the 'Super Committee'? About as much faith as I have in ever seeing a pig fly.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  197. Menker

    Why is Cafferty such a whiner? Every time he comes on I have to change the channel because he has nothing positive to say and acts like he knows everything and can solve every problem than those who are actually doing the job. I think you should lighten up a little bit. You make me change the channel and make me miss what Mr. Beard guy has to say, which I like listening to.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  198. Nelson/mvy

    Somewhere less than zero!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  199. Eric D.

    The Democrats will cave to the Republican's demands. So, moving forward with failed trickle-down policy leaves me about as much confidence as I have in Republicans doing something about climate change – ZERO. Bring on the triggers.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  200. Sherry Cooper

    Jack, No confidence whatsoever. One problem is that since they will not get anywhere at all the default will kick in and no one will have to take the blame for the cuts that are made through the default...what happen to government by the people and for the people...sherry San Tan Valley AZ

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  201. Ron Ernst

    Jack
    I have complete faith in the committee. I have absolutely no faith in congress implementing any of their recommendations.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  202. Nicholas Miller

    How much faith do I have in the Super Committee? About as much faith as I have in our government (better, our politicians) to deal with governing our country in general......very, very , very, very little. Sadly.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  203. Marvin Feir

    LEADERSHIP FIRST

    Nearly everyone I know finds that politicians are ruining our country. It is time for our elected and appointed officials to show some real leadership. Before the next round of fiscal discussions, they must address the excesses the public believes elected officials have. This includes cutting in half the pensions of active and retired officials, cutting current and future pay and allowances, eliminating special health benefits, and reducing staff costs by 50 percent.

    The executive branch of government must cut first. This includes the President\\\'s salary and benefits as well.

    This must be done before any action is taken cut everybody else\\\'s
    financial situation. Only then will people begin to realize what dire
    straits this country is in.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  204. Bill

    Given who has been named to the "Super Committee" thus far-none. This will be the same old Washington game playing, only with a more dramatic backdrop. I used to have at least some confidence in the ability of our elected representatives and president to do what is in the best interest of the country. Not anymore.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  205. John from California

    Jack

    Absolutely NONE!

    I have a feeling this supercommittee will have 6 people on each side that put principle before country, who put party and reelection before the job they were sent to accomplish and we will have the same tired old arguments and the same old tired solutions steeped in outdated ideals by both parties.

    As Albert Einstein once said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

    Both outdated ideals from both parties got us here. How do you think more of the same will get us out of it? News flash to all of those partisans, IT WONT!!!!

    John
    San Jose, CA

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  206. Sue

    Does anyone think the 6 Republicans, all who have signed Grover's pledge, will compromise? They won't. Look for further downgrades by the rating agencies. You get what you pay for and too many people paid for a seat at the Tea Party table. Pandering.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  207. Tom from Nebr.

    Surely you jest Jack. The whole thing is a stupid idea. Why don't our Reps just do their dam jobs instead of passing the buck to this sham of a committee. The deck is stacked by both sides and it will end up being a Super Stalemate.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  208. Marg Anne Locke

    None – nada – zilch – They will NEVER reach agreement. Lock them all in a room until they fix it – and no ordering pizza...........send in cheese sandwiches and maybe an apple.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  209. David Ramsay

    The "Super Committee" actually has thirteen members. So long as all Republican members have signed the Grover Norquist pledge, they will have to ask Grover before they can agree to anything. The first qualification for this committee should be to repudiate their allegiance to Norquist and reclaim their constitutional duty to legislate.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  210. Ronald, Goldsboro, NC

    I dont Jack, i think its pointless that you sign a pledge to basically say "No" yet again. Republicans need to get a grip and stop using the american economy as a pawn.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  211. edwin guthrie

    I have no faith at all anyone will get a fair shake I am so ashamed of my Country God help us all

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  212. Walter

    If the committee cuts Social Security benefits for future beneficiaries, that would be terribly wrong. Because Social Security is paid for with regressive payroll taxes, each taxpayers should receive a benefit worth at least as much as he or she paid in taxes. But the current system is unable to meet that requirement. Cutting benefits – for example by increasing the age of retirement – would only make a bad deal worse.

    So no. I don't trust the committee to do the right thing. The public has been groomed for several years to think that people are living longer and that this justifies cutting benefits by increasing the age of retirement. That is a bogus argument. The issue is whether taxpayers are getting their money's worth. And even now, they are not.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  213. Jim Schroeder

    Absolutely none, because they do not even mention stopping the wars, which should be the first step in solving this problem, then we can talk about other cuts.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  214. Ashleigh in Washington

    None at all. They will end up going back and forth with each other and too stubborn to just go for the middle ground. They have their heads so full of air that they have forgotten us common college age students who are watching as our dreams and tuition go up in smoke. I think it's time for them to get a couple of pages from the history book that students have to understand the concepts from no and a days.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  215. Pete in Florida

    I have absolute faith in their ability to CHANGE our debt woes. The GOP's stated #1 goal is to deny Obama a 2nd term. They will achieve that by destroying our economy and blaming Obama. Then they'll elect a new uber-conservative who'll drastically cut spending AND taxes, which will make our current debt woes seem minor by comparison. By 2014, we'll be the new Mexico, and our working class will be slipping across the border into Canada, looking for work.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  216. Edward from Fla.

    Jack, I think you (as president) and Wolf B. (VP) have a better chance of winning in 2016 than the Super Committee has of doing anything of any consequence. Shoot, I'd vote for you two.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  217. Jim Dyer

    absolutely zero !!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  218. neil proffitt

    If we understand that any "super committee" will be "superficial" and have effect only on a surface level and not get to the root of the problem then our faith in it can only be skin deep.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  219. Austin Hager from Vancouver, BC

    Hey Jack,

    If the entire Senate and Congress couldn't agree on raising the debt ceiling until the final hours before default how can we expect such optimistic results from such a small group. Particularly when they are picked by their own party leaders rather than by the voters who are effected.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  220. Joe A from sarasota FL

    As a conservative Independent I cannot for the life of me understand how they cannot fix this issue. An easy fix is cut all the fat before a tax increase on anyone making over one million (not 250k) cut the overlapping and unnecessary agencies, put tarrifs in place, etc, etc.

    However if you really want to see them move,take away their private pensions, their private medical plans, private security (Joe Biden) impose term limits and eliminate any future raises until our debt is under control. Let's see how long it takes for them to get on board!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  221. Jan W.

    Jack, that's a huge leap of faith! If "The Dozen" come to the table in faith, I'll be quite impressed. So, let's see.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  222. m. benfield

    None, wich is equal to my faith in congress to do anything efficiently!!-Texas resident.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  223. Paul

    Super Committee? Storm the Bastille!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  224. John (Atlanta)

    Will they be wearing Super Committee capes, and fight Super Committee villains? Shall I wait for my first issue of the Super Committee comic book? How much will they charge for that? I think I'll save my trillion dollars and wait for the movie version.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  225. Clyde Adams

    No. Deffinatly no. Espicaly from what they did. They`re just a joke for the people to give them a sigh of relief. Them and Congress are a joke, after what happened from the Dept stuff.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  226. Phillip Y.

    If its been since 1954 since a major cut in spending I don't think any politicians never know what the truly is. Pushing cuts 5-10 years down the road won't work, that's happened for years. Perhaps Obama should pass around 1955's Profiles in Courage written by Senator JFK about political compromise. Or maybe the Tea Party Republicans should realize the founding fathers had major differences but came to a compromise to form the country.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  227. shirley

    not much and if they start that back and forth "do nothing" again, we should be able to send them down the Potomac w/out a paddle

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  228. Barbara Johnson

    Jack...I have no confidence whatever in the so-called "super committee"; in fact I have no confidence in Congress at all. I believe we should send these posturing blow-hards home and the people should vote directly by internet (there would be some way to insure a fair count on the vote I believe) and we'd have this country moving again and in great shape. You notice of course we never really do have the last word because of the Electoral College which I believe while we're at it should also be abolished. There you have it...my solution,

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  229. Stephi

    About as much faith as I have in the Fox protecting the chicken eggs. No, that's unfair to the Fox!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  230. Doug

    Absolutely Not! The Super Committee is already dead in the Water, lines are drawn! Hell, the Republicans are already complaining about the Dems on the Committee! And while we're on the subject of Republicans destroying our way of life, the Congress needs to come back to work NOW! How do you go on vacation when the Economy is tanking due to something you did, there are people out of work and jobs bills to be put in place, on and on, and on!
    But if Boehner keeps up with this Hostage game every time good legislation is presented, legislation that over 2/3rds of the country wants, then we're done Jack! It is purely and only in the hands of John Boehner and he is hiding from everyone here in Ohio!!!
    Until we march on Washington, The Capitol Building, nothing is going to happen! Do you like what you see in London, Jack? If Boehner keeps doing more harm than good, it's going to happen here!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  231. eric

    About as much as I have that the super rich will stop bribing the politicians to make sure it doesn't happen, Jack.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  232. peter b.

    No faith Jack. Fire the committee and hire Steve Jobs. He overtook Exxon Mobile temporarily yesterday. The man knows how to run things!

    peter b.
    Seattle,WA

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  233. C. D. Scott

    A big fat zero, on thursday I'm buying a porshe, shifting investments to Gold & Silver and a Condo in Costa Rica! If the USA goes down I'm doing it in style w/gold & silver in my pockets!!!! Ha

    C. D. Scott

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  234. Hank Corbett

    It's insane, Jack. We are looking for gridlock and the same old blame game for the next three months. I mean, how can we have negotiations with people who won't compromise? Where is the logic? Why can't these morons just repeal the bill they approved and pull the Bowles-Simpson Plan out of mothballs and end this thing?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  235. Gary

    I have absolutely no confidence in the government of the united states. promises are constantly made and broken. the candidates for president are selected by the money they have at their disposal, not for what good they can do for the country. its such a cluster it will never be fixed. every great empire will fall. Looks like we are next.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  236. Marilynne

    I would place better odds on growing a money tree then this commitee being able to accomplish anything worth while.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  237. david mc cann

    i used to listen to howard stern a few years back in the morning going to work at the time of the elections ,and donald trump was often on the show . he used to get asked constantly by howard who he was voting for, and each time he would say he was edging toward obama,but would'nt give a straight answer.
    eventually he said he was going to vote for obama , and so should the rest of the country ?
    nowadays he's constantly on tv saying its the people who voted for obama's fault that the country is in the state its in ???
    now i've been in this country 11 years and i'll never understand how and why this man is so rich and powerful...i'm scottish by the way .

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  238. Rocky in LA

    Absolutely zero faith. This will simply be a smaller version of the debaucle that we just witnessed, especially given the fact that the Republicans have all already signed the 'no tax' pledge. The word compromise has become a 'dirty' word in Washington and nothing will change until that does.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  239. Joe Seefried

    Colorado

    Super committee?

    A camel is a horse designed by committee.

    The members of the super committee will most likely be the same people that got us into this mess in the first place. I predict the results will be a super-mess, not just a mess created by them in the first place.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  240. Terry Glaser-Needell

    Absolutely, positively, unequivocally, NONE.

    It's a disgrace that this is what our 'government" has come to.

    Why don't they all 'pledge' not to take any corporate/union/pac /etal, money. There's a pledge I could support!!

    Sarasota, Florida

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  241. Guy from Hawaii

    Hey, lets just call in Superman... Nothing I've seen in decades out of Washington that could be called "Super." This needs to break...the fix will come after it is completely broken...next time hopefully we won't use cards to build the economic house!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  242. JoeInMA

    This is a smoke and mirrors show. NOTHING will be accomplished and there will be across the board cuts. Obama will claim some sort of victory (because he will say the Tea Party Extremeists caused gridlock). My disgust level is now 11 and climbing.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  243. Ralph Novak

    Faith in the 6? NONE. GOPers will not violate their immoral no-tax pledge and the Dems don't dare agree to something that doesn't raise taxes. They will not agree and throw it into the mandatory reductions file and that will result in nothing except campaign talking points.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  244. Tracy from Delaware

    Plain and simple. No!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  245. jim

    From Sedona:
    Ha, Ha, Ha!!! Congress is 535 comedians masquerading as serious citizens.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  246. Jeff

    If only they would work half as hard to find solutions as they currently work to find fault and fix blame, there might be a glimmer. Unlikely at a moment when our so-called leaders would rather put party ahead of country.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  247. Neil Wernick

    When each member of the panel puts 50% of their salaries and 50% of their pension on the line to be forfeited if there is no agreement by a specific deadline, there MAY be some chance of success. If they fail, at least we will have a downpayment on the debt reduction. Then, apply the same standard to all other critical legislation. I would call that "progressive."

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  248. Joe

    Jack, It's nice to know that Grover Norquist runs the country. All these Republican members to the super committee have signed an agreement to not increase revenue by taxing the rich more of their fair share; therefore, does Grover run the country? Who is the real money behind Norquist? The media needs to answer these questions.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  249. Jyothi

    Nil to None–To think we can actually have "Statesman" like behavior from the current crop of politicians–democrats, republicans and worse still those Tea Partiers– is a cruel joke. I wish we could fire all of them with one vote. It is disheartening😦

    Jyothi

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  250. WiIlliam Palmer

    The deficient commission's report had ways to use both tax increases and cuts that would have done far more than anyone has proposed to date.
    Those elected leaders who sign pledges to never raise taxes are unpatriotic and concerned with the wrath of Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers. Bottom line for them, better to look out for one's reelection than to do what it takes to help our entire nation.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  251. Grant in San Diego

    By stacking the deck with those that all know will not support a balanced approach. It has a very small chance. If they are Grovers sycophants, what chance does it have? Conservatives politicians only represent the top 2%. We don't have a chance.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  252. gary (phoenix,az)

    Congressional debt negotiations... you can eilminate or reduce corporate tax deductions, personal tax deductions, reduce spending and raise tax rates. I will know the "super congress" is for real when they do all four...otherwise it's just more theater for show...but I don't think it will happen.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  253. Linda in Arizona

    Republicans, who have a higher loyalty to Grover Norquist and the TP than they do to the country, and weak, spineless Democrats, including Baucus, who is really just another republican, make up the unconstitutional, illegal "Super Congress" that represents nobody, deciding our fate behind closed doors. The only hope is Pelosi, and I doubt if her choices will be any better than Reid's. Faith? Faith in the devil.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  254. Sue R.

    Faith in that committee? Hardly. One of the Republicans was the OMB director under GWB. The same GWB that did NOT fund the Afganistan War, the Iraqi War, No Child Left Behind Act, and the Medicare Drug Act. Do you think he will be any help? NO. And why is it only funding CUTS they are looking at? They need to do away with the Bush tax cuts, Big OIl subsidies, and tax loopholes for Big Business.
    The Supercommittee is a joke, and the public is screwed.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  255. Nardo Cape Coral FL

    I would have more confidence in the 12 jurors from the Casey Anthony Trial to do the right thing than the infamous 12 on the so called super committee,

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  256. Mark from Aberdeen

    I have about as much faith in them fixing the debt woes as I do that you will smile, Jack!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  257. Mike from NY

    Jack,
    How about none, zilch, zero, nada? Why do you think they formed this committee in the first place? Congress couldn't make the tough calls as a group, these people will not be able to either. So what will be left with? Automatic cuts that none of these spineless bureaucrat's have to take responsibility for, and all will use to continue to blame the other party! It amazes me that they think we are that stupid! IN the private sector every single one them would have been fired already. I can't wait until next November. Swept in, swept out!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  258. Deb Kanter

    I have more faith in my cat than the people who are "suppose" to be looking out for our welfare. The only thing happening in Washington, right now is in-fighting and childlike attitudes; I'm taking my marbles and going home!.I bet most Americans would vote out Congress and the Senate right now if they had that opportunity today. If the politicians continue this ridiculous behavior, most of us will wish we were living in a foreign country; like France.
    Deb K
    Yarmouth Port, MA

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  259. Perry

    I don't understand why we think a super committee made up of the same morons who got us in this situation to start with will matter...We have some of the most brilliant financial minds in the private sector at our disposal....Why not a super committee of real economist...What a concept !!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  260. paul

    The republican's have already signed a document saying they won't compromise, so no I don't think this committee will do jack.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  261. Ron Ernst

    Jack
    I have complete faith in the committee. I have absolutely no faith in congress implementing any of their recommendations.Indianapolis

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  262. Joanne

    Hi Jack, you tell it like it is, I am wondering about these 12 commitee members, may be we do not need all the senators and congress men if they think 12 can come up with a better way. We would save on thier paychecks alone. No one cares about the Country only thier careers Joanne from Bartlett, Il. .

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  263. Alan Kestenbaum, MD, Purchase NY

    Why is this issue so difficult? This is nothing but balancing your check book. If we ran our households this way, we would have to declare bankruptcy. The political parties should cut the crap, stop spending money, make some tough decisions and get on with it. Cutting 2 trillion over 10 years is nothing. They should cut spending now otherwise we will never recover from this debt load. Raising the debt ceiling was a huge mistake.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  264. Louis E Glapion III

    Really Jack really do you have to ask the question how faith in people that have shown they could'nt care less about a serious solution to OUR debt problem not theirs. Faith, none at all

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  265. Luke

    I think the super-committee will succeed. Have you noticed how quiet the Tea Party has been since the S&P down-grade? I'm sure they now realize how serious this is, which makes me have some faith for now.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  266. Shawn IL

    I have no faith in the super committee or Washington politicians in general. I will say this, Henry Morgenthau had it right when he testified before the Senate Ways and Means committee in 1937. He said "We have spent more money than we ever have before and the unemployment rate is still the same as it was eight years ago and now we have a large national debt to boot". We didn't learn before and we haven't learned anything now. Cut to the quick....the US economy will not recover until the government learns what millions of Americans have learned. Want to stay in the black, cut spending....even if it hurts a little.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  267. kathlyn Parks

    Zero chance. The republicans are not just willing, but eager to gamble with the economy of the nation. No matter what the damage to this country, they will to hold to their idiotic philosophy of no taxes for the corporations that own them.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  268. Jyothi

    Nil to None–To think we can actually have "Statesman" like behavior from the current crop of politicians–democrats, republicans and worse still those Tea Partiers– is a cruel joke. I wish we could fire all of them with one vote. It is disheartening

    Jyothi
    Grafton, MA

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  269. Brian from Maryland

    I think we need to figure out a way to increase revenue and the the most obvious way is to legalize and regulate marijuana distribution on a federal level. Tax it steeply like they do alcohol with all the same restrictions and what not. Not only will the government stop wasting Billions upon Billions to fight marijuana but start making money off of it!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  270. Jan W.

    Jack, that's a huge leap of faith! If "The Dozen" come to the table in faith, I'll be quite impressed. So, let's see.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  271. Corey

    No, I do not have any faith in the super committee. We have had plenty of committees to do the same thing before, yet Washington just ignores what Americans have to say. Why would they start now?!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  272. Zach, Monrovia, MD

    Zero faith. How do these "super-committee" republicans plan to add revenues into the debt deal when they've already signed a pledge not to... Unless they plan on being two-faced, my faith is down the toilet, Jack.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  273. Don,

    I would not trust this “Super Committee” to mow my lawn.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  274. Bob Wilmoth

    Jack: Why not stop the future indexing of all Government employees retirement checks. There is no private company in the county who indexes a retirees pay. The indexing can and has allowed retirement checks to double over a ten year period to a level higher that the original pay at time of retirement. This is what the state of Wisconson did to save the state millions.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  275. Adam

    I don't have faith in the supper committee, period! I wonder how the greatest country in the world allows itself to be deceived by politicians who are self seeking and whose interest is only to win elections by hook or by crook. I pity America. Only God can save you from your current leaders.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  276. Tom T

    I believe the GOP is: 1. destroying Obama's Presidency; and 2. driving the economy down and waiting for a buying opportunity in the stock market. They have the money (hoarded) so when the time is right, their greed will kick in and they will start buying stocks again. It's all about greed and money. The politicians are bought and paid for. They do not care one iota about the common man. I have no confidence in the committee. None whatsoever. The only way the unemployment rate goes down is when those looking for a job stop looking and then won't be coun ted. We are a sad country full of greed. I feel sorry for the average person but I also feel sorry for the rich.........their "reward" will be in the next life!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  277. Patrick

    Jack, you know very well that politicians always use the same line when faced with a tough decision. Passing the buck onto a committee, to look into something we all know the answer to, is simply a display in cowardice. Every committee that has dealt with this issue has done a fairly good job and has taken the issue seriously. The problem is when Congress votes to implement the recommendations. That is where my lack of faith resides.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  278. ken barker

    Sad to say,but, NO...this new panel will not "come to terms" with each other and accomplish what it is they are being put together for...
    Our political landscape at this time is being pulled in opposite directions more than anytime I can remember with everyone pointing their fingers at the "other side"...too bad, because it hurts us all.

    We all must remember what Washington is doing to us come November and "vote out" any and all incumbants.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  279. Sandy grant

    I'll bet what's left of my retirement fund that we will get more of nothing from these clowns. I have zero faith in what this administration is doing...or pretending to do.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  280. Joel in St. Paul

    We need our politicians to start worrying about our country instead of trying to get re-elected. The american people understand that we need compromise and want both spending cuts ad increased revenues. Why can't Washington figure it out. We as a country need to come together in the middle and start fighting against the extremes. It is time for the middle to stand-up and be heard. Get this thing fixed! There may be some short term pain, but we can handle the pain if we really fix the problem. As far as retirement goes it doesn't matter if the retirement age stays the same, no one will be able to retire anyway, just raise the agr for SS and let's face reality!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  281. Beth Robinson

    A big fat ZERO! Why would Congress suddenly be able to do, what they could already do, just because they added an extra layer? They have the power to spend our taxes and run our country, they just don’t have the ability. Super congress changes nothing.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  282. Ilene

    There is virtually no chance that any compromise will be reached. Just more party politics/drama to unfold and a lot of sabre rattling, finger pointing, and blame gaming. There isn't one politican worth his salt with the cahonies to really make the changes necessary to fix this because all these politicians care about is getting reelected. Their priorities aren't anyhwere near where they need to be. If we really want to see reform we have to outlaw the lobbyists and then pass a term limit bill. That would really shake things up. Then maybe, just maybe these guys would be willing to make some real compromises in order to do the work they were sent to do insead of working on becoming a successful career politician.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  283. Swathi

    Let's see. For the last few months all we have been hearing is about the economy is in trouble. Even when there was pressure from the people to do something, Washington did nothing. All we will get is a group of poeple who get more money than they have sense to do nothing but will pretend that they have been working just as hard as they will be working for the next month. Oh wait, that's right they're on vacation while the rest of us are worried about whether we will be able to pay our bills. Thanks Washingto

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  284. jim Pell

    I think the American voters should take a pledge...That being if these jokers on this super committee
    don't meet the objective they should be fired and voted out of a job. Just the makeup of this group is showing all the signs of failure.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  285. Sean

    Mr. Jack
    I can not beleive you are asking me about the same people who put up the dog and pony show just weeks ago. You know it and I know it that the country is more polarized than ever before. One side is claimig to protect the job creators ( wall street bosses ) and the other side is claiming to protect the middle class ( the union bosses) while they both know that they are cheating the Americans who elected them in the first place. Here is my prediction : another wave election.
    Sean
    Montreal

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  286. Robert

    I have faith that it will work. There will always be bumps along the road to making a stable way to fix the debt. However it puts our government in perspective when both sides have to be forcibly put into a group to fix this problem.
    But like everything in democracy, it takes tweaking and time.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  287. Alfred Smith

    Hey, Jack.
    The problem is really jobs.
    Republican supporters, Big Oil, Fortune 500 companies, are the ones who closed down companies here in the US and sent the jobs to India, China, and South America. How is Obama supposed to create jobs from that?

    Raising taxes on the rich is the solution. They've had their straws in the gravy bowl for way too long. They've already imposed taxes on the nine million unemployed, now they want to go after "entitlements" that people worked and paid into all their lives? Entitlements? I thought corporate jets were entitlements, and running companies into the ground, but still collecting seven figure (or more) bonuses.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  288. JB

    A better idea is for voters to take the risk and perform a S I C C...

    Super Incumbent Cleanout Campaign...
    For the next 2 elections everyone registers Independent and vows to remove all incumbents for the next 2 elections.

    It's Mr and Mrs. Smith go to Washington to clean house
    .
    We have nothing to lose and it will change the way we are governed forever and for good.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  289. Tony

    Jack: Now we are going to have 12 people make the cuts on the budget? Kind of thought we had 50 state here??? Sounds like SOCIALISM. Obama's back room politics again... Super Committee, ya super tax money waste. This sounds really fishy Jack. Ya I did write the word SOCIALISM here.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  290. Michael S. Houston, TX

    If they want to fix the economy they need people spending money. Well if the banks borrow at zero then turn around and charge 30% interest on credit cards, no one is going shopping. Additionally we have over corrected the mortgage industry, no one can get approved. The housing industry dive half the jobs in the economy. Unless both of these issues is address we will just continue to case our tails....

    August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  291. Roger from phoenix

    The super committee nick name (Dirty Dozen) . The same dirty dozen that got us in this mess is now going to get us out of this mess. Jack sounds like a movie deal may be in the works.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  292. Ruth Graszl

    Why do these committees always have some catchy title? Come on! Super Committee, Bluedogs, Gang of Six? What a joke these blunderers are-like they really think they can fool the citizens of this country? Well, maybe they have, because we keep voting for them and paying their salaries. Here's a catchy title for them: No jobs, no money, no hope! Keep doing what you are doing, Jack. It's refreshing to hear your comments.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  293. Robert Harris

    Absolutely NONE!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  294. mike R. n.j

    Jack

    I have no faith at all.. Silly me.. I wonder why I'm so mistrustful ?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  295. Anthony

    Even though the Obama Admin has worked several miracles it'll never be enough. Change was promised I guess this was the CHANGE. If all this happened during the Bush Adm Pre. Bush would have resigned before he took office. Big Ups to Barrack for staying strong!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  296. Dan

    Most of the people I know (slightly to moderately conservative – all successful in the business world) all agree that this problem could be solved by 5 semi-intelligent people in a couple of hours. Having said that we have no faith in the gang of 12. We would fire everyone if we could.

    The deal should be big – $5Trillion and attack every area. Dust off Simpson-Bowles. They already did the hard work.

    Any why do they get a vacation??? After the charade the world just witnessed!! They should realize they are all on probation

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  297. Pat crotty

    No jack-i think the super committee will indeed be a joke. The problem is we have 2 ineffective political parties that are so stuck and unyielding in their positions, they will not pull out all the stops and save our country from financial ruin. They would rather worry about their next election and their pledges to people like grover Norquist.
    We dont have a chance Im afraid. Boy, do we ever need an FDR!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  298. Barbara

    So Jack – Don't we all know this Super Commitee is nothing but another stall – Neither side has any respectable solution. Here's and idea....They should use all of the party campaign donations and pay down the debt. I'd love to see Wall Street chew on that. We don't exactly have anyone to vote for anyway. Let's start a "Campaign Donation Party", I'll be the first member!!!!

    Thanx for letting me speak, Barbara
    Eugene, OR

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  299. Marguerite

    Goose Eggo. By the way did you notice that the Republicans only selected white maies for the Committee? So far the democrats have selected a very qualified woman and I hope that Nancy P selects some qualified minorities and women to add to the mix. The Republicans are suffering from a severe case of group think that makes it next to impossible to get anything done when you have closed mines, closed ears and open mouths.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  300. Steve - Worcester, MA

    Absolutely none, zip, zero, nada, no way jose (politically questionable)

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  301. charles I

    super committee? I fear that the government is being run by fools.
    These people would rather have their way even if it ruins the country, They should not be in ant kind of public or responsible office. In fact should they be allowed to be loose? Some of them seem not legally sane.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  302. Darius from Birmingham, Alabama

    Where is the leader who can put forth an economic solution without pitting poor against rich? Everyone...republican, dem, rich, poor will have a role to play in any solution. Develop a plan, assign roles and responsibilities then rally the people! (Sigh) I suppose leadership is waiting on leadership...

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  303. Tim

    I have lost confidence in this government,so when you ask this question I laugh. Isnt the answer obvious? They just got down graded. If u really need to know none whatsoever. Maybe if we heard of a third party it would bring hope and change. Oh that slogan has been USSSED already. Heres one for ya. Lets just vote in third party so we can have satisfaction of sayn yahoo we really fired em this time

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  304. Pete in Knoxville Tennessee

    I think the remaining credit agency's should lower our debt rating further. Then congress may get off their butts. Also, all those in congress should have their personal credit scores dropped to 600 or less.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  305. Glenn Alber

    Jack:
    Unless these members are willing to put country first they will not succeed and the chance of that happening is nil to zero. Kerry accuses the Tea Party for causing our problems, those guys have been around less than a year and they did not spend us into this mess. With that kind of ignorant attitude how in the world is he going to contribute,

    Glenn in Florida

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  306. Alfonso

    No, but that's because it is not really possible as things stand. The voting public elected the Tea Party and Republican pledge signers. Misguided seniors, independents, and working class folks were duped into believing that spending cuts without new taxes could heal the budget woes. Now that Medicare/Social Security is threatened, people are waking up.We the people need to vote out anyone who makes a pledge in order to get reelected instead of voting for the public and country's well being. Then we mayl have compromise!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  307. Vann Downer

    The SC is just a subset of all the "haves" who can't steer this country while we "have-nots" continue to underwrite them. I don't think any of them, both the SC and Congress at large, have a clue as to what to do. If it wouldn't end up being rigged, we should develop a new reality TV show called "Undercover Congressmen". It' shigh time we face the fact that it's time to turn to demand side economics, not a diastrous allegiance to supply side economics.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  308. ruben rodriguez

    if the rich payed more taxes they will not lose so much in the stock market

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  309. Frank

    Jack,

    I did not worry over the "Y2K" scare in 1999. I did not worry when the religious nut jobs were warning of the end of the world. And I'm not worried about the 2012 "Mayan Calendar" end of the world.

    Today, in response to the announcement of the "super" committee being fielded by congress, I have started stocking up on food, and other supplies. I'm not worried that they may fail. Instead, I am certain that they will fail.

    If these losers could do a job and earn a real living they would have a job and would not be leaching a salary and free health care from us.

    They will fail. Count on it.

    Frank in Ohio

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  310. Ed Fern

    Jack, Tax reform, i.e., sending more of our income to those idiots in Washington, doesn't seem very bright. They'll just spend it and borrow more to go with it to build bridges for turtles.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  311. Pierre Angiel

    Miami, Fl

    Since both Parties are lying about taxation how can they come to a good agreement we can use?

    Low Income Taxes of Corporations and the rich prevent investment while HIGH taxes force investments. Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower had taxes at 91% and more.

    That forces corporations to invest or lose their profits.

    Investments are one of the write offs we need desperately. We need the FDR approach not what the Super Committee is about to debate.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  312. Jennifer Dooley

    ZERO... With the Rep coming to the table all having sworn not to raise any Taxes, their is no chance of them doing anything constructive . It as if they are so set in destroying Obama's Presidency, that their is no thought or care to THE PEOPLE that they are suppose to represent.
    I have come to the conclusion that none of those in Congress passed or even took any classes on economics. This current debt crisis is manufactured by greed ,fear and ignorance.
    Money is no longer paper that represents gold or silver. It is just numbers... their should be no debt limit. It matters not what the Governments debt is. Please make congress and the Tea Party go back to school....

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  313. John S

    Jack,

    I have zero to no faith in the "super" committee to fix our debt woes.

    We must remember that they are only tasked with reducing the increase in our spending by $1.5 Trillion.

    Unless my math is incorrect, instead of adding $10 Trillion to our debt over the next ten years, they must come to an agreement (impossible) to add only $8.5 Trillion to our debt. Debt will never come down.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  314. Derrick

    Jack, I just wish normal everyday hard working americans were running this country.. I feel like we are allowing a bunch of spoiled, selfish and utterly unrealistic individuals who for the most part have fallen into there position because of personal wealth in which many of them didn't work for.. But unfortunatly hard working people don't have time or money to run this country because we are all to busy trying to feed our kids mouths and pay our bills in which are ever increasing because of the decisions of these people now in control.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  315. Jim Gutkowski

    How much faith do I have ?? Just as much as I have for the Dem's & GOP to accomplish ANYTHING for the good of all. ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH, NOTTA. The only thing these clowns should get are noses to match their circus attitudes - Red ones for the right & blue fro the left.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  316. Kelly Haskins

    I feel as though nothing will get accomplished. All that will be accomplished is more finger pointing across the table. After what happened with the debt solution I have little faith left within congress. The only thing that will ever reverse this economy is bringing back companies that went overseas, raise their taxes if they proceed to want their merchandise shipped to the USA and also cut congress' pay.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  317. Will

    Absolutely positively no faith at all in the super committee or government they don't care that millions of people are out of work they have their jobs, they don't care that health care they have their own plans, Its starting to look like as long as I have "mines" the rest can go hungry. Republicans blame Democrats and vice versa, everybody blaming the President lets not blame the puppet lets blame the puppeteers (Big Business Owners) who have more pull than the President himself

    August 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  318. Wayne Shover

    As long as the government keeps handing out checks to those who dont work or deserve it, we will never get out of debt.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  319. Gene WV

    Confidence? NONE. The current members of Congress are too beholden to the special interest groups that control them to step on anyones toes and do the right thing. If the "TALKING HEADS" in the news media would clam up, conditions would get better quickly.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  320. Roy

    Let's s see what they do by Thanksgiving,then we can vote in 2012!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  321. Ryan O

    There is zero chance the super committe will produce any solutions to our debt problem.

    I only hope the don't reach a deal, accross the board cuts ensue, and Obama refuses to extend the Bush tax cuts. Problem solved!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  322. Albert Benson

    It appears to me that all the Republicans have to do is to keep the stance that they have had all along, which is to just say no. Then they will accomplish what they have wanted to do for so long, which is to
    further depress the economy and put the blame on Pres. Obama.
    They are already blaming Pres. Obama for the debt limit agreement,
    when we all know who engineered this thing right up to the brink,
    before an agreement was made to get something signed, which
    was for this super committee to do their job. I doubt very much
    whether they will allow anything to happen, when they can get what
    they want, just by saying no. Speaker Boehner with his big gavil,
    is a clear signal of what is coming.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  323. J Taylor

    This is a scary committe with too much power and the opposite of what democracy is all about.
    They will likely be deadlocked or worse (Max B going over to the "other side")...
    Until the entitlements are defined in a reasonable and fair manner (self-funded retirement programs are not technically "entitlements" they are earned benefits), look out. Whether it is the automatic "trigger" or the Super Committee, the middle class may get the shaft with deep cuts–again.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  324. NoraJane

    So if the super committee gets nothing done.....will they appoint a super duper committee? Surely that will be the committee that makes the difference! ....I triple dog dare them!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  325. stu

    maybe Boehner and McConnell should pick the DEMOCRATS
    And Pelosi and Reid pick the repbulicans
    we might get some where

    August 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  326. Tony in Central Florida

    I have as much faith in a super committee as I can throw a superman shaped potato chip. Faith is about something you believe in. How can you believe these morons who are seemingly so concerned about whats going on in the world that they decide to take a 30 day vacation. They probably have "faith" this problem along with all the others facing our nation will take care of itself and they all come back nice and refreshed while the rest of us are still stressed about our futures and more importantly the future of our sons and daughters, and their sons and daughters. Really. Faith. Gimme a break.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  327. Mike Stoll

    At 64 years and having seen a significant level of financial and political irresponsibility in my time, I have absolutely no faith whatsoever in my government on any level, at any time or for any reason. Those on either side of the aisle would better serve their constituents as bags of fertilizer. The absolute zealous incompetence springing from both political camps is absolutely breathtaking. Time for either a complete rework of the government, social revolution or both.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  328. Frank

    The math on population and budgets have projected the strain on SS and Medicare for several decades. Yet now that the largest block of us The Baby Boomers recipients, who that have paid the most the longest for theses social guarantee programs, not we are told their is no guarantee. We were the generat9on of civil disobedience, Weather Underground, Black Panthers and non pacifist resistance to our government. We fought for change in the 60's, seems now we may have to take it back to the street, in our 60's to get that owed us.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  329. Katie

    Jack,

    NO to the Super Committee, they "Don't know Jack"!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  330. john lewkowicz

    Jack, instead of the bs you guys always talk about..lets talk about these entitlement programs like social security. I am sick of it. Please tell me how ss is an entitlement program when I pay into it weekly with my paycheck. Ask the american people that..something that affects 80% of working americans. Lets see, I guess you news folks think that I am not entitled to get my money that I put into ss back when i am retired.......tell ya what..just write me a check for all the money I put in, withoput interest and I'll go away......john

    August 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  331. Val hall

    No. These are politicians NOT finance people. Put Warren buffet in a room with 11 other industry superstars. Let them fix this.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  332. Ralph Noe

    No none our political system has been sold and now they only do what they are told. And will take from the old weak or poor as they are told and it will be by the poor old inocent triggers that we know nothing about but you can bet the very rich know.

    Ralph Noe

    August 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  333. Mitchell A. Levin

    Social Security is not an entitlement program. It is a form of deferred compensation i.e. “an arrangement in which a portion of an employee's income is paid out at a date after which that income is actually earned.” What makes Social Security different is that workers are compelled by law to participate in this program and the government promises the payout. Why is it that the deferred compensation for corporate fat-cats untouchable, while stealing part of the retirement income for working people is made to sound like some sort of welfare program or act of public charity?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  334. Margie from phoenix

    One thing for sure Jack I'm just hoping these 12 don't meet in the same room where they print money.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  335. Bill Nuehring

    Jack, I have absolutely no faith in this group of 12 ideological, overpaid, over benefited, retirement assured individuals. I would have at one time, but now being retired, having my retirement income shrink because of the federal reservce, my medicate supplemental insurance increase dramatically, my cost of medications increase (indirect proportion to the cost savings in the "gap"), cost of fuel and groceries inflate to the point of unhealty eating, I no lomger look at anyone in washington as looking out for anything but their self interest. You cannot decrease the deficit without and increase in revenue and I sharing by all. It is just not going to happen in my lifetime. In fact, I tend to be very happy I am old, I will not see the collapse of the United State of America.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  336. George from VA

    NONE...and should the seas part and an agreement be reached, is there any way that their resolution can be put to a special general election? The population my as well vote since our elected officials can't rise above $elf-intere$t.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  337. Ellen

    What makes us think the "Super" 12 (who came up with this) can do what they couldn't do a few weeks ago? These are the same people who did not work together, do we really think they changed on their break? They've only gotten worse. I hear they will be attacking SS – well let me give you my thoughts on that keep yours hands off it – this is not an entitlement – it's what millions of us pay into everypaycheck How would you like to put your pension on the table, so we could gamble that away too. Medicare and Medicaid are entitlements, although we have paid into it for years, and for many of us, as long as we have this "dum" congress, they all need to be put out and start all over again, How about it Jack, want to be House Speaker

    August 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  338. Rahul, San Antonio Texas

    Too much misinformation going around, the country should be under one direction and that direction has taken a hike. No way that the super committee will accomplish anything–and unlikely that the automatic cuts will come to be–no wonder the stock market is going haywire. Dump 'em all, politicians that is...

    August 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  339. Murray

    Oy vay! Are you kidding?
    Where is the representation for pensioners, the unemployed, and all the others that these nattering nabobs on the committee have no idea about?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  340. Greg

    I have as much faith in a super committee as I do a Superman. There's no way these people will find an actual solution. The political posturing has begun before the damned thing has been formed. If history is an accurate predictor of the future there is no reason to have faith in any of our political processes. When you take the money out of the political process then maybe you can have a government of the people, by the people, & for the people. But not before then.

    Atlanta GA

    August 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  341. Jack in Surprise AZ

    Nope...it won't work. For the most part the people we sent to Washington in the distant past served with honor and the ability to work with each other for the nation, not their political party. Those days are gone and the people are suffering. I'm an Independent, but nobody representing me in Washington (either party, any level) today is getting my vote for their reelection.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  342. Kathy Andrews, Draper, UT

    Surely you don't expect politicians to fix anything. I'm surprized they can even find their way to their own offices. Each of us is responsible for what is happening because we put them in office. The tea party was a terrible response to what was going on in Washington and look what it has gotten us. Since there is no immediate solution to the problems we have allowed these self serving megalomaniacs to create for us we need to get them out of office and get their successors to vote for amendments to the Constitution for term limits. Also, we need to make ourselves heard now that we will no longer stand for the constant acrimony and ridiculous behavior. People need to write and call their Congressmen and let them know of their displeasure. I am over 65 and am willing to pay higher taxes if it will help others. I'm not even collecting my Social Security yet because I can afford not to. I know I'm unique, but still what is going on is just not right. I am so angry at Congress. We all need to make ourselves heard.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  343. Ken in NC

    I have as much faith in the super committee fixing our debt problems as I have in a pregnant woman giving birth to a porcupine.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  344. Cal (Maui)

    This is all a sham Jack. The only thing these politicians know how to do is give themselves raises. These people will no more find compromise than Obama will make good his campaign promise to increase the taxes on those who can afford to pay more.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  345. Samuel

    Congress loves to create a committee for just about anything but won't commit to anything or compromise on issues, so whats the point. Super Committee's credit rating = FAILURE

    August 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  346. Ed Fischer

    These 2 party's can't see eye to eye. Entitlements Are out of control, and tax cuts for the so called job creators have been in place near 10 years with too many jobs destroyed and no net job creation. Both sides are being duped into believing their way is right so how can we believe they will do anything but be obstinate. What this committee needs is a non political tie breaker.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  347. Ray

    Jack - I'm surprised that an accomplished journalist would ask such a closed-ended question... you sound like Katie Couric! There's only one answer to that question, and everyone knows what it is - even the people who proposed this stupendidly useless attempt at reaching "compromise" (sorry to use a term with which so many are unfamiliar). I hope the Teapartiers and Dems alike are happy that their actions are directly responsible for eliminating billions of dollars from our retirement accounts, money that will never be recovered, at least in my lifetime. Of course, I say "retirement" with tongue firmly planted in cheek...

    Ray in San Diego

    August 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  348. Juan A. Berrios

    I have absolutely no faith on the super committee, it would be more of the same, Republicans say no taxes and Democrats cannot be assertive on cuts to entitlements. We should let the middle class decide. Send all individual taxpayers (not corporations) a survey or questionnaire to respond on-line. In hours, we will solve the problem. We do it everyday to keep our families afloat. Just like 21st century jury duty.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  349. Nancy, Tennessee

    This super committee formation has created an environment for the Congress to remain Idle until Thanksgiving. In September when Congress returns from vacation, they have the perfect excuse for no action – they'll be waiting for the super committee to finish. And who thinks this is beneficial. When the super committee doesn't find cuts, the automatic cuts to the entitlements will go through – their plan from the beginning!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  350. David, Miami.

    Quite hard to find faith and credibility in people who don't miss a chance to show us that what they say and is almost never what they truly mean.
    In answer to your question, NONE !

    August 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  351. Marilyn Johnson

    I feel the whole congress is out for themselves and the people and companies that buy their votes and big spenders to them and their party. The people in a senior center I frequent say I should run for President of the U.S. I think we need to go back to the constitution and everything that is passed in congress they also need to live by including S.S. and if they want more to live on they can put money away like the rest of us have to do, also there should be term limits and we should be goverened of the people, for the people, and by the people.
    We do not need career politicians. We need to have a maximum of two terms and then go home back to their jobs.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  352. John in NY

    Sounds to me Wolf like just another expence that the hard working middle class , tax paying ,americans have to pay for,with 0 results. How much more do we have to endure?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  353. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    The words "faith" and "hope", and now "change" have no proper context in human politics. It is like asking...."What apostle will YOU vote for"?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  354. Louis Pagan

    Jack, Our representatives in Comgess are only interested in keeping there special interist pleased. Remember they get capital to run for these Congressional seats from special interist. A dog will not bite the hand that feeds it. Next elction we the people need to replace all.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  355. Rick Robinson

    Super Congress = Super Mess

    August 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  356. Jim in the midwest

    Tea party wins - no new taxes - or even no increase in old taxes..... the result is being seen today...

    HOW MUCH of a tax increase would have kept corporations and the upper level portfoilo owners from the loss of "massive ammounts" in stock markets???? Does it make sense to stop tax increases and let the market slide to the lowest levels its seen for a long time?? - Maybe the answer to that would be another "unintended circumstance"

    August 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  357. Chris W

    Jack:
    one word: SCAM

    August 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  358. Joanne Olsson

    I have absolutely no faith in the super committee's ability to come up with a solution, zero. If you put people on the committee that signed Norquest's pledge than what is the point. They already have shown themselves to put the ideology of the party above any actual solution.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  359. Marilyn Johnson

    The committee will not accomplish anything just like before.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  360. Kim in Texas

    I have no faith in the process whatsoever. It seems that we can't even have a discussion about the issues without it being political. Even the media make sure that any "panel" discussion includes both a republican and a democrat. My bet is that the republicans will say no to everything because they know that the triggers built in to the budget only makes cuts – not add taxes.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  361. Rene

    Jack, Republicans will again hold the entire country at bay with oneway negotiating, no tax increase and chop income for elderly, handicapped, disabled, poor children, and education grants.

    So no I don't have faith in the super committee. But I do have faith in Obama and the democrats to show the republicans true colors!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  362. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Remember the word "compromise", well it starts with the letter "C" just like the word "change, so pick another word other than "confident", I don't believe in anything that is related to Washington that begins with the letter "C".

    August 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  363. Stephanie Angelos

    No Jack, I have no faith in them and even if they do come up with something obama won't make a move. He's either afraid or confused. ONE trillion dollars? Really? That's like my son being out of work, his house in foreclosure, up to his eyeballs in credit card debt trying to decide if he should buy a new car with a stick shift to save the $900. It's all just political theater on both sides. When will we finally stand up and throw ALL the bums out? We need to start with obama and work our way down both gutters. Then we need to remove the money from politics somehow.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  364. John K

    The Super Committee will never work who is going to break any gridlock between both sides. I have lost all faith in our government to get anything constructive done to help our country

    August 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  365. Jennifer Dooley

    Zero... With a padded panel from the Republicans, their is no chance of anything being done. All that matters to the Republicans is destroying President Obama's Term. I wish the Tea Party and Those that are listening to them would go back to school. The Government should never have a debt ceiling. Money no longer is anything more than sets of numbers.
    All the Conservative Christians... Do the wealthiest of this country have no sense of what is Moral correct when it comes to giving of wealth to better the whole....Sad, Sad that Greed, Fear and Ignorance are now the law of the land...

    August 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  366. Randall

    Have faith in the committee to fail, the far right and left have not listen so far, taking the country down with them. Benld, Illinois.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  367. Jenny

    Fix the debt woes? You're funny. When the next too big to fail bank is bankrupt the debt will grow much more. And since the wealthiest don't have to participate by paying real taxes... . Forget it!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  368. Rob

    The super committee is political theatre. The debt and deficit crisis is the "Nail in the coffin" for the middle class under the republicans. Using broader financial problems to justify cutting social programs for the poor and middle class. That has been the goal for sometime. Corporations are flush with profits, but will not hire in this country. Undermining and disrespecting President Obama is the sole purpose of political discourse from conservatives.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  369. G McKee - Orange Beach

    Jack,

    Little faith... So many lies, so much rhetoric. Super... Ha! Congress might as well stay on vacation and allow the automatic triggers kick in.

    The Eagles recorded a song labeled "Get over it" on the Hell Freezes Over album. It has several appropriate versus for that bunch of law makers. Listem to it some time. John Q Public needs to unite and make this song our national anthem. Then vote every stinkin one of them out of office.

    GMc

    August 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  370. Debbie Alber

    I agree that in addition to spending cuts, we need to increase taxes. Here's an idea that the Republicans might be able to swallow. What if we increase taxes on the middle class and the poor instead of the wealthiest. My guess is the Republican Congress would think that is a good idea. Not only would the least able in our country lose many of the programs they depend on (thereby cutting our debt), their taxes would also go up...oh and while we're at it, let's go ahead and repeal the recent health care legislation! Afterall, with spending on luxury items at an all time high, how will those items be paid for if taxes are raised on the wealthiest? C'mon Jack, let's be reasonable!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  371. James Wheeler

    Jack
    The answer is NO, NO, NO.

    Remember these law makers are the same ones that gave theselves socialized medicne and full pay for life.They have nothing
    to lose. Lybia and Syria leaders gave themselves pay packages up
    front and shoot anyone that objects.This group prefers slow death.

    Bottom line they should stop pointing fingers at bad guys.

    James Wheeler. EL PASO, TX

    August 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  372. Beth Schaeffer (@Schaeffer4)

    Don't send our elected represented officials back to DC just yet – we need to have a 'Come to Jesus' talk with them. I don't want them hiding out in Washington doing more damage before we let them know exactly what we think of the job they are currently doing.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  373. Jane - Burnsville, MN

    Faith......that's a very strong word, Jack, and not one I would use towards this "super" committee - 'shocked' is the word I will use if they can agree on ANYthing.

    "We the People" have very little left to have faith in.

    The only thing I have faith in is President Obama. I highly respect our elder statesmen from both sides of the aisle....you know, the ones who have been around long enough to have learned the crafts of patience, diplomacy, and have made many great contributions over the years.

    But President Obama has the youth, the strength, the intelligence, the persistence, and the sheer will and courage to turn our country around. This country was founded by those with this kind of strength and courage. And Jack, the only way this country will survive if we have men like this at the helm. Our country needs to return to the philosophies of our forefathers......and that won't be popular with the segment of our society that has grown rich, fat, and complacent, resistant to change of any kind.

    Just because you have never actually seen a million dollars doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. And just because people don't see all that President Obama is doing behind the scenes, it is wrong to assume he isn't the hardest working person in Washington.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  374. Alice Eden

    I have no faith in the super committee to fix our debt woes. We have a house divided and the old saying is a house divided will fall. Millions of american people live paycheck to paycheck. I would like to see all new people in our goverment. All you hear is cut medicare and social security I think they should all donate their social security back into the system.I could go on and on but will end for now.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  375. Mark Mulligan Sr

    I have no faith in Republicans lead by the Tea Party agreeing to anything. They injected uncertainty into our economy and destabilized our financial markets. I think that they think if the economy is worse next year that this will help them get back in control of all of Congress and the White House. Meanwhile, people are out of work, people are losing their houses and people who may have been thinking about hiring a month ago are not thinking about it now. If the people of our country want more of this, vote for Republicans. If not, vote against them. It's that simple.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  376. Will in TX

    In this environment where activists on both sides (a minority of us) can threaten lawmakers with defeat if they don't adhere to their single-minded causes (with unchecked amounts of cash), it is hard to see how a deal will get done by this committee, but I am hoping for once I am wrong.

    But we the electorate hold some responsibility for this because a lot of reason for this gridlock is that we failed to blame ourselves for any part of the 2008 recession and went to the polls angry vs. reflective. We are responsible for the extremists on both sides and the lack of anyone in the middle. People are demonized because they don't hold hard-line views and thus we end up with people who cannot compromise when this is what is most needed.

    This is what has the markets spooked, not the fundamentals. They see no compromise, no political will do what is needed, just philosophical wrangling. They see consumers unwilling to spend, companies unwilling to invest, and the last lifeline being taken out of play. The markets are just reflectors of reality and finally they have caught up.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  377. Beverly Murphy

    I have no faith this "super committee" can fix anything. Until we stop giving away borrowed money to other countries and policing the world and start focusing on making America strong again and regaining some respect, nothing is going to change. I think all the cuts should occur across the board in Washington before anywhere else. From Grounding Air Force One to maids and ink pens, term limits and the benefits stop when they leave office. Our governing officials have done everything to secure its an infinity money train and I think its time to derail the train.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  378. Jay: Philadelphia

    If you were on the committee Jack, I would have all the faith in the world.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  379. Scott in Colorado Springs

    Why are career politicians making decisions about the economic future of the United States? Their concerns ought to be limited to addressing the needs of the people who elected them. Our economic policies would be better determined by the best economist in the naiton rather tha the rag tag group of elected officials in congress.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  380. Tom T from Colorado

    And as a followup to my previous comment, why is it that Grover Babe (norquist) as Alan Simpson calls him, runs this country. All this "pledge of no new taxes" is such a smoke screen for destroying the economy. I cannot believe that all six of the Repubs on this committee signed this pledge. What do they expect to happen. Grover Babe should run for office but then he probably has a lot to hide.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  381. Sandy from NYC

    Jack,
    as much as I would love to believe that anything will happen or change with this new group, I sincerely doubt it. It hurts me to have so little confidence in our own political system. I don't think I have lived in times as bad as these. I'm not that old, but I was a Poli-sci major 20 years ago, and I think things are as bad or worse than they have been at any time in our history.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  382. Ken

    To those who say:
    Republicans will again hold the entire country at bay

    Just try to remember how the Democrats shut out the republicans during the Obama Health fiasco. . – which we can't pay for either,
    Or all the Democrat earmarks in the stimulus bill.

    You Democrats have a convenient short term memory.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  383. hooverguide, Riverside, CA

    Once again, our economic debacle did not start in 2008 and we did not come out of a small recession in 2010-2011. We have been falling into the abyss for years. We have been driven to this dismal state of affairs by politicans who only care about their reelection to the hallowed halls created by much greater men than they. Greed has taken on a totally new meaning in this ultra partisan set of elected officials. Most of them have lost sight of the fact that they are elected to make the hard decisions that produce solid policies and programs for the good of we, the people. We should be appalled at Mitt Romney's statement that he could not vote for the debt ceiling deal because it did not measure up to his "personal" beliefs. News flash: once elected, you do not have any personal beliefs. Has anyone invented a reality bomb?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  384. Jim

    Steve Forbes summed it up when he said on CBS Sunday that the economy will return to good health after the election sighting corperations record profits since the reccession began.
    What a wonderful system we have, is there a person out there that doesn't see why Unions were created?

    August 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm |