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How much confidence do you have in the super committee to do anything meaningful about the national debt in the next four weeks?
October 27th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

How much confidence do you have in the super committee to do anything meaningful about the national debt in the next four weeks?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's been nearly three months since the so-called super committee was created.

We've had months of closed-door, secret meetings - and only a few public appearances - as the panel's deadline rapidly approaches.

The public has been shut out of the negotiations while the lobbyists have had continuous access to committee members. How's that transparency-thingy President Obama promised us working out for you? Sort of reminds me of the health care legislation.

So far there are no signs the committee has agreed to any meaningful cuts.

Democrats proposed a plan for cutting up to $3 trillion... but Republicans quickly rejected it because it addition to the cuts, the Democrats plan also called for tax increases. $1.2 trillion in tax increases - to which the Republicans said, "no chance."

They called the plan "outrageously absurd" and a "non-starter," and some are accusing Democrats of leaking the plan because they think the panel will fail.

The super committee has until November 23. If no agreement is reached, across-the-board "trigger" spending cuts would go into effect in 2013.

House Speaker John Boehner says the trigger cuts are unacceptable, and that it's important for the super committee to meet its goals. A lot of people don't think that's going to happen.

And while the politicians fiddle, our country's $14 trillion national debt keeps growing.

Here’s my question to you: How much confidence do you have in the super committee to do anything meaningful about the national debt in the next four weeks?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Dave - Phx

    The same amount of faith that I have in congress to do something. These morons get the job and then refuse to do anything because they dont want to stick their neck out and have to answer for it next election. Their only goal is to stay elected, not help our country. They are all treasonous.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  2. occupy seattle

    I wish we could find out who and what is paying them off so we can help them not do unnecessary special interest favors.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  3. David in Tampa

    You're kidding right Jack. You mean we have yet another committee to deal with the national deficit debacle. I give them about as much of a chance to do anything meaningful as I have of slipping past the guards at the Pearly Gates. I thought their sole purpose was to hood-wink the American people yet again, and hammer as much cash into their wallets and friends bank accounts as inhumanly possible. Somebody other than a Democrat or Republican in 2012( for the Ron Paul supporter that writes in about as much as I do).

    October 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  4. Mel - Houston

    I don't expect much, Jack. As long as there are members of the "Do Nothing Party" on the committee nothing can happen. They don't represent the will of the people, they represent the will of Grover Norquist. That's what you call real power. I guess their afraid they'll wake up one morning with a horses head in their bed.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Pat in Michigan

    Very little Jack. These people are concerned with keeping their jobs .I do have a solution to the problem though. If no solution is aggreed to by the deadline ,no pay or benefits for Congress and call for immediate elections of the house and senate .

    October 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  6. Pete in Georgia

    Super Committee.
    The name itself illustrates how far we have all been duped into believing that anything remotely related to the federal government can be referred to as "Super".
    Talk about a misnomer.
    Imagine for one moment what Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan would think of this cruel joke and nonsense.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  7. Jerry from Johns Creek, GA

    If they entered their meeting with a true interest in solving the issues then I have as much confidence in a good outcome as I do that Barack Obama will win the Democratic Party nomination for President n 2012. If they went into the meeting thinking about how they could influence the 2012 election for their own party then I have as much confidence in a positive outcome as I do for Rick Perry doing an outstanding job at his next debate.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  8. John B.

    Not much Jack. You would think a bipartisan committee would leave politics out of the talks and work together to find common ground for solving problems. Unfortunately, all we have here is a bunch of politicians who only care about party positions, not country problem solving.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  9. Ken Victoria BC

    Confidence is a big word. It involves trust, compromise and a duty to serve the American public. There is no room for catering to the wishes of the few but decide in the interests of the many.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  10. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    Parapharsing Herman Cain, 0-0-0. It's just repeat of what's been going on the congress since the Tea Party hijacked the Re[pubican Party. They have their orders from Grover Norquist to accept only budget cuts in everything but defense. They will accept nothing but unconditional surrender from the Democrats.

    And if they fail and the automatic cuts kick in, what do you want to bet they will renige on the defense budget cuts?

    If Diogenese attempted to enter the Capitol Building the flame in his lamp would immediately go out.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  11. John from California

    Jack

    I have no confidence in them once so ever!

    I think they should put in a new law that states that if the budget is not balanced that everyone in congress at that time is no longer eligible for re-election. That would make sense since that and money are the only two drivers for these do nothing congressmen and senators.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  12. Christopher Marek

    I have 0 confidence in the committee achieving anything.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  13. DAN WILSON

    With the current track of getting nothing done, ABSOLUTELY NO CONFIDENCE. We should add a consitutional amendment to have a NO CONFIDENCE VOTE on Congress, kick all of them out of office, and start over.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  14. Dave

    I have NO confidence in the super cmte, it will become nothing but partisan politics, talking points, and staying on message. Congress has no interest in the United States of America.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  15. s in fl

    About as much confidence as I would have in putting together a team of arsonists to put out a wildfire. They're apparently already discussing several varieties of fuel they might like to throw on it. I heard one the boneheads a few minutes ago laughing off the private jet write-off issue and stopping oil subsidies as two of those "silly things" that the public thinks should be discussed. An exact quote. I have a great question for tomorrow? "Who are the 9% that actually approve of Congress?"

    October 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  16. John from Alabama

    Jack: I think November 23rd will come and go with no decisions from the supercommittee, because they will not get the votes needed amongst themselves to come up with 1.5 trillion dollars in cuts. I hope the automatic cuts go into effect. It will show just how divided they are in Congress, and how this division keeps them from governing this nation. There are certain parties, such as, the Republicans whose only reason for being is to defeat President Obama, and then there is the Tea Party who wants to stop everything, but they can not organize themselves into a political party. The Democrats are gutless wonders and do not have the majority. Then there are the Americans who pray for solutions everyday, only to see, a Congress which can not function.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  17. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, I have COMPLETE confidence that the Super Committee will resolve our national debt problems within 4 weeks. I also believe in the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and Barack Obama.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    October 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  18. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    Easiest question you've asked in a long time! Answer: 'None!

    Rick,
    Medina, Oh

    October 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  19. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, I will kiss your backside in Times Square if this so-called super committee agrees on anything in an election year. This is just out of the realm of possibilities. You know it, I know it and the rest of America knows it.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  20. pierre glenn

    Mr.Cafferty they bickering n Senate Seat... do yu think it will change own Super committee. Yu wiill have better chance get pre -school do better than Super Committee.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  21. Madame_X

    I have zero confidence in the "Super Committees" ability to formulate a effective plan of action. They are too concerned about their own political futures. They will just push all of the hard decisions onto the next generation. The reality of our situation is we are going to have to sever veins to save others. Counting on the government as our life support system is going to be fatal.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  22. Jk from Minnesota

    Slim and None, Jack, and Slim just walked out the door!

    October 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  23. Rich McKinney, Texas

    My faith in the Federal government or any of it's quasi committees is non existent. You can not put weasels in charge of the hen house and expect the occupants to survive.

    These people are all cut from the same cloth and are a part of why we are in so much debt today. How can we expect them to lead us to salvation when they are the biggest sinners.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  24. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much confidence do you have in the super committee to do anything meaningful about the national debt in the next four weeks?

    None Jack,

    The same group of people that refuse to work with the Democrats on ANYTHING are part of this super committee so NOTHING will get done as it should.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    October 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Zero. Zip. Nada.

    In any case, with the spendthrift still in the WH, almost anything they do, to control the budget, will be negated before election time, and we can expect Obama to reach the debt ceiling AGAIN, before election time.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  26. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Every Republican member chosen by Boehner has signed a Grover Norquist pledge not to tax the rich. The Democrats are adamant that the poor are already paying more than their share. Boehner won't get 98% of what he wanted this time, so I expect bupkis..

    October 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  27. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Zero. Once again, the Republicans' refusal to compromise will mean that they end up with far less deficit reduction than the Democrats offered in the first place. They simply can't take "yes" for an answer.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  28. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Zip, Zilch, Nada, and Nyet. These guys are all owned by lobbyists, they have to get re-elected to keep their jobs and have been brainwashed to follow the party dogma no matter what. There is nothing there that would instill any level of confidence, and I don't see any reason to believe that will change.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  29. Phyllis G. Williams

    How much confidence do you have in the super committee to do anything
    meaningful about the national debt in the next four weeks?

    I guess their output will reveal to the world whether they are
    a false or true/inferior or superior committee (smile).

    October 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  30. Kenneth in California

    About as much confidence as those who predict the end of the world.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  31. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    Not much at all. The two sides are so diametrically opposed it will be lopsided one way or another, and then the group who doesn't agree with it will fillabuster it to death. Neither side will compromise, with the Republicans being the worse of the two. This is a bad joke being played out on the american public.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  32. Ed from California

    None and None'er!! Oh, they'll come up w/something. And that something will be, screwing over the Middle-Class!! you don't think for a second Jack, that Chuck Koch or Dave Koch and Rup Murdock would do anything to help the citizens of these here United States of America that doesn't profit them first, do you?

    October 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  33. Marc S from Chicago

    Sorry Jack, not much confidence. The committee was created to get past the deadline. The right will not accept anything the administration (or the left) suggest. They speak of working together but will not accept any suggestion that involves increasing revenue through taxes and antagonizing the Tea Party base, even though the vast majority of Americans surveyed are in favor of asking those who benefitted from the tax breaks created in the past to pay a fairer percentage. Whether they admit to it or not, the right has been unwilling to compromise, hoping the negative feelings toward Washington gridlock will improve their chances of making Obama a one term president. Can you think of a time when "trickle down" economics has ever worked? Every single GOP candidate still talks about tax cuts, corporate tax cuts, class warfare, and failed leadership, when it is evident that's how we got into trouble in the first place. From 2001 to 2008, our "leadership" used tax cuts, a war in the wrong country, deregulation, and greed to dissolve the greatest time of economic prosperity this country has ever known. If America buys this in 2012, you can't fix stupid...

    October 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  34. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Is there a number less than zero? If so, then that's my confidence level. Remember, they are politicians first and future lobbyists second.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  35. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Isn't all this akin to putting the fox in charge of the hen house?

    Here we have all these politicians who created this mess obviously half heatedly trying to clean it up. I don't know who's stupider, them for handcuffing themselves by their absolute ideologies and expecting progress, or us for expecting anything different?

    October 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  36. Bill of New Mexico

    None:

    Democrats scream, "Increase taxes!"
    Republicans demand, "No way! You always spend any increase."
    Republicans explain. "Cut the entitlements! We must have a strong military."
    Democrats insist. "If we want to be elected, we can't let you. No deal!"

    Impass wins; and we all lose.

    Send the worthless super committee packing.

    Just have automatic cuts across the annual budget. Accept automatic cuts.

    Congress has become ineffective!

    October 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  37. Debra Chamberlin

    No matter what – one side or the other will not like what the other has proposed. That's a given. The purpose is to get the cuts in to add up to 1.2 Trillion. If there was going to be a likeable solution to this we would not need the committee in the first place.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  38. Ed from MD

    I have the confidence of an American citizen that they will tax us more so that they can spend more.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  39. Andy

    Come the November 23rd deadline I predict we'll find the Republican members of the Debt Commission holding their breath like a bunch of 5 year olds who won't eat their peas. They appear incapable of compromise.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  40. Loren

    The super committee is another mechanism for President Obama to avoid taking any responsibiliy for the problems or their solutions. While seeming to take a page from President Reagan's script, i.e. appear to be above the fray, the problem is that the President is not offering any leadership either, which was at the heart of President Reagan's script. In short, the super committee is a super waster of time and nothing will come of it.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  41. Brad, Portland, OR

    This is what I see in my crystal ball.

    The super committee will deadlock, because the Democrats will insist that millionaires and billionaires accept some increased taxes, and the Republicans will refuse to allow any billionaire pay a single dollar more.

    This will cause the automatic cuts to be triggered to defense and domestic spending.

    Hawks like McCain will pass a bill preventing the defense cuts from going into effect, but allow the domestic spending cuts to go through.

    The Democrats, being weak and unwilling to fight for their principles, will agree to this and make no demands of the Republicans in return, and Obama will sign the bill into law.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  42. Summer from California

    Next to nothing. They are a miniaturized version of the original Congress, and will exhibit the same self-serving, partisan behaviors.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  43. Peter

    Confidence in politicians? You're joking right.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  44. bonnie from NJ

    About as much confidence as I have that I am going to hit the Mega Millions this week and join the 1%! Jokes aside, it is a very scary state of affairs for the middle class. This was just another stall tactic for both parties to continue blaming each other and do nothing to help the American people. It is infuriating.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  45. Carl

    Confidence, i have none at all, in them, the super committe, or our corrupt government!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  46. Dan in vacaville ca

    Somebody will blink and I hope is not the Republicans. We need a Balanced BUdget Ammendment or Ron Paul in the Oval office. I would prefer both but the latter would be just fine.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  47. Annie, Atlanta

    None. As long as Republicans take their oath to Grover Norquist more seriously than they take their oath of office to their country, nothing, absolutely nothing, will get done in Congress, or Super Congress, or anywhere in DC. What I'm wondering is when we're going to call Republican behavior what it is, sedition, with a little bit of fiscal terrorism thrown in for good measure.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  48. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Nada, Nit, Nelo, None to say the least. This entire thing was set up for failure from the beginning. What a joke we are around the world with our lack of ability to work together for a common solution which is really very simple. I'd like to meet the 12% of the people that think Congress is doing a good job. The sample must include 12% from China.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  49. Otis

    As much confidence in the confidence as in how much they will cut, Jack: zero.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  50. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Zero. While they may have viable suggestions with details how to get there, there are many that do not want to hear it as it disrupts the illusion of prosperity of the current system regardless of the proof of the obvious flaws. In essence, many will just want to kick the can down the road rather than take the medicine.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  51. Morgaine Swann

    The Super Committee won't produce anything that will help the middle and lower classes. The Republicans, who seem to have forgotten that they were elected to serve the people of their states, won't let anything get through that isn't completely ineffective. I can't wait for 2012 so we can throw these greedy, mean, stingy Republicans out of Washington. They'll pay dearly for all this over-reach.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  52. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    I haven't much faith in their ability to compromise on anything regardless of how negatively it affects ordinary Americans. As long as they have jobs like; political pundits, think tank members, speech makers, consultants, lobbiests, etc., awaiting them when they retire or are voted out of office, what do they care? As long as we treat them as prima donnas while they're in office and retired heads of state afterward, what incentive do they have but to pander to the king makers?

    October 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  53. Ed in Harrisburg

    Jack,

    I have absolutely no confidence in Congress because even if the Super Committee can miraculously come up with an agreed upon plan, which most of us doubt, the extremist knuckleheads will find a way to screw things up and the heavy hammer of the law will fall with painful cuts and the congressional people will be able to point fingers after their failiures. It's a perfect political tragedy in the making.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  54. Rick

    VERY VERY little. The rich own the republicans and they will fight tooth and nail to prevent a tax hike on the top 1%

    October 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  55. Chuck Hendrix in Jasper, Ga.

    Jack. I am confident that they will accomplish nothing. Pretty much the same as Congress because the only party willing to compromise are Democrats. I look forward to the announcement that they could not reach an agreement because then and ONLY then will the Defense budget reduced. Once the Defense budget is reduced, maybe the U.S. will mind it's own damn business and concentrate on fixing the internal problems this country has like, unemployment, health care, nutrition and the impending medical crisis due to obesity in this country. Maybe they will even be able concentrate on Campaign Finance reform.......one can hope.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  56. Rob in NC

    None! These commitees are a waste of time. Both sides chose people they knew would not agree on anything. Also, didn't we try the commitee thing already and they blew that off? Even if these guys somehow manage to make a deal Congress won't do anyhting with it anyway. I'm surprised they didn't make the deadline after the elections were over. Rob in NC

    October 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  57. Emmett m. Smith

    Jack, as a writer of science fiction I am well aquainted with political fiction too. That is what we get from our elected representatives when we ask each of them to do something about the budget deficit. They prefer to let some semianonymous commitee's members do the difficult thinking for them (while congress votes to raise its own pay for doing nothing). This type of political cowardice is typical of today's federal government.
    I hope the commitee will do its job responsibly, but I am only slightly optimistic that it will do so. God help us if it doesn't!

    Emmett Smith,
    Mobile, AL

    October 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  58. Larry -Denver

    The "super committee" is like a super dud. Have you heard anything lately? Do you think Republicans will agree with anything coming from a Democrat? Super schmooper- more Washington rubbish and smoke and mirrors. When the dust settles its business as usual, nothing changes except a bit worse then the day before.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  59. Patty P - NJ

    There is no confidence that anything will get done in those meetings. Will they please open their eyes. People are protesting throughout our country. There are no jobs, people do not have enough food to eat and they are losing their homes. Washington representatives wake up. We the people are rising up against you. We want jobs, food and housing. We put you in office to help the American people not bicker back and forth and get absolutely nothing done. Fix roads, bridges, build a train system ala Europe. This creates JOBS! You all will be voted out unless you start to pass legislation to help us. We are drowning.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  60. Patsy, Texas

    Zero confidence. As long as we have Teapublican obstructionists, loyal only to themselves and Grover Norquist,
    there will be no agreement. The "transparency thingy", (you must still be following the loser from Alaska),
    is up to the Committee, not President Obama. The Republicans announced that "no person" with leanings toward
    any kind if revenue increases would be appointed. Your question was answered that day: DOA!

    October 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  61. rita nalette

    pusillanimous polecats had they done the job they groveled so mightily to get there would be no need for a "super committee". rita – seattle wa

    October 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  62. Dave, Orlando, FL

    None. They are politicians and thus will take the path of least resistance by doing nothing, letting the triggers go off. That way they can sneak away taking no responsibility for anything. As far as the “transparency-thingy” goes, it will be just like healthcare reform, nothing in it for us. That’s the way the country crumbles.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  63. chris

    about as much confidence as seeing a ufo in the next week this is a joke they won't come up with the billions and billions of govt waste all across the board of govt so be on the lookout for that ufo you got a better shot at theat

    October 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  64. TomInRochNY

    The most meaningful thing the committee will do is not do anything. This will pull the trigger and cut a lot of government spending. Those cuts will make a lot of people panic, particularly in Washington. Maybe then congress will decide to actually do their jobs. But, then again I'm being very optomistic.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    October 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  65. Carol Haines City, Florida

    Jack, It will be more of the same. The democrats will try and work accross the isle and the republicans will stall and obstruct. It is time to throw the republicans out and put people in that want to do what is best for the country. The majority of people want taxes raised on the top 1% but the republicans won't do what the people want done so it is time to get rid of them and put our people back to work. After all wasn't it JOBs,JOBS, JOBS in 2010?? Well, where are the jobs????

    October 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  66. Doug

    I have zero confidence that this committee will do anything meaningful to lower the debt. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  67. diridi

    Jack, well, they are working, you need to have confidence, and patience....jack, you are the BEST....

    October 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  68. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    The super committee will definitely put forth some last minute compromise proposal, and the Senate and House will reluctantly pass it, again at the 11th hour. Subsequent analysis of the final hodgepodge will be very discouraging, deeming it to be ineffective and based on false assumptions. My guess is that the final plan will further erode the social safety net for Americans of modest means. The American dream is disintegrating right before the world's eyes, and that's just fine with the corporations which control the entire political system. Maximiizing shareholder value is the new God. Having to waste money taking care of the poor, sick and elderly bites into those precious profits, and can't be tolerated.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  69. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Absolutely no chance at all of any deal until after the Kentucky GOP Senate primary. Once McConnell can't be TeaPartied, the leadership will agree to a deal on taxes – although they might wait until the lame duck to see how the election tu...rns out. If the status quo changes, expect temporary extensions to the Bush Tax Cuts to be proposed – although Obama would be smart to reject them if he loses to force an honest baseline. Remember, the entire reason for the Joint Select Committee (there is nothting Super about it) is to find offsetting budget cuts to the expiring tax cuts. The GOP has zero chance of getting what it wants, but needs to save face while compromising.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  70. Jim, Cranford NJ

    In the world of deficits it's swim suit season and Congress is still ordering pizza with extra cheese. I'm supremely confident that in the next four weeks Congress' fat rear end won't fit into the new swimsuit they promised.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  71. Tom (Atlanta)

    I was really disappointed when I heard that "the Democrats on the committee" released their plan. I would have been just as disappointed if it had been "the Republicans on the committee". This violates the purpose of a committee in the first place and gives the appearance that this super committee is not working together at all and are has simply "kicked respective partisan cans down the road". It appears that these guys have done NOTHING!! This stuff should be "R" rated, and no democracy respecting adult should let their children watch this side show. And, meanwhile on I Witness News we see our "yes we can" saying "sorry about that" President the devil made me do it and its not my fault, and meanwhile his "Punch & Judy" Republican challengers are showing their respective "butts" for our amusement. This would be better than Saturday Night Live if it were only a sitcom. Oy vey, are we really expected to vote for one of these guys?

    October 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  72. Sylvia from San Diego

    Not much because Obama, Reed and Pelosi do not want to cut spending and the committee is made up of Democratic representatives with this same mindset.The only saving grace is that if they cannot come to agreement, we have automatic cuts that will kick in.... YES!!

    October 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  73. Mr. D

    Democrats 0, Republicans 0: it's going into extra innings. Or maybe it will just be rained out.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  74. Sean in Michigan

    In this day and age, if ANYONE in government did ANYTHING meaningful I would immediately gather up provisions and seek shelter, for surely Armageddon is coming!

    October 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  75. Russ in PA

    None whatsoever. Ron Paul put out a plan to cut a trillion from the deficit in his first year without increasing taxes, so we know it can be done. But, of course, there are too many voters and politicians willing to sell their souls and the country's future to care about true cuts in spending. The Paul plan of bringing home all of the troops from all overseas bases alone is of such great fiscal and moral value, but how many politicians are willing to go along with that?

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    October 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  76. Nate NC

    full confidence that they will increase the national debt by wasting time and taxpayer money.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  77. Craig

    Are you serious? I dont expect anything from anyone anywhere at anytime especially if our pathetic congressmen have anything to do with it. Get a GRIP on reality Jack!

    October 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  78. Sandstone.

    "I see this pannel as just another Executive Board of any National Bank. I don't think any bank lets the public sit in on any of their discussions either. If the people of any country didn't like the way things were going, then they should have spoken out when they also were feeling wealthy. But no they wait until they realise they wasted their investments, and now want to dip on others back pockets. People like Obama who never made a dime in any business."

    October 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  79. Gigi Oregon

    Not much...What a joke! The people have been left out (out of sight, out of mind) and the Lobbyist have continues access. Who is going to win? It will not be "we the people". I think some good advice for the Republican party and all politician's is add taxes for the rich, vote to end lobyist in politics or get out of government. If not I'll be on Washington's door step this spring...With the jobless and many of the fifty million seniors. I'm tired of the republicans holding "we the people" and our democrat congress hostage. Also their disrespectfulness of the President is not impressing very many.

    America has become tarnished with ruthless politician's and lobbyists.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  80. Russell in LA

    I do have some confidence in them, Jack. They're going to make things worse by doing the bidding of lobbyists giving more hand outs to the likes of GE,Goldman Sachs, and the rest of the "too big to fails."

    IT's too late now jack. The only way to fix the system is to completely break the system beyond recognition because the government cronies AND THE SHEEPLE who put them there are too cowardly to admit how badly they've screwed up.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  81. Kevin H SD CA

    Negative billion confidences! They are just another Dog and Pony show making a loud sucking sound on those of us that BE, and DO, to HAVE. It isn’t HAVE, To BE! When is government going to have a major cognition on the fact that second handers don't contribute anything! No more corporate entitlements, no more government entitlements, period!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  82. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I don't really have a lot of confidence, Jack, and I'll tell you why in two words: Partisan Bickering. This supercommittee is made up of politicians from both parties who will spend 90% of their time blaming the other party, and 10% of the time actually trying to make a compromise solution both parties and the White House can agree on.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  83. RickFromDetroit

    I don't have any confidence in the super committee and I don't think cuts are the solution. Increasing revenue is the solution, but the wealthy, corporations, & wall street won't let loose of the stolen funds they possess. These people have received billions of dollars in tax cuts and used the tax cuts for wall street profits, while the government continues to borrow to keep from going broke.

    We have a combined national debt and unsecured debt of nearly $100 trillion dollars while wall street has assets of the same. Do the math.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  84. Kathie

    zip, zero, zilch. the gop is aligned with norquist and limbaugh. the gop refuses to allow any tax increase for the superrich. the gop is only interested in destroyng a pesidency. there is no transparency, no accountability, no respect for the 99%. the gop only knows how to obstruct.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  85. Ralph Nelson

    You never cut federal spending during a recession (deflates economy). Therefore, whatever they do I believe it well cause a recession (unless cuts delayed and spread out into future). This is similar to 1991 when first President Bush agreed to tax increases on everyone (deflates economy) and government spending cuts (also deflates economy) in a weak economy causing recession and his losing re-election. President should have used 14th Amendment for welfare of country. Do what FDR did...raise taxes on rich (little affects economy because they do not consume much).

    October 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  86. Ray E. (Georgia)

    From the posts right here on CNN it appears they are deadlocked. It is time to do something! Make the announcement, set the deadline and slash! As soon as people know they have to make other plans, guess what? They will make other plans! After what 17 committees do I expect this committee to do any better? We will see.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  87. Matt

    None because they are members of Congress who do not believe in working together for the common good of the country and its citizens. Until they learn that they work for us nothing good will be accomplished by them

    Matt
    Rockford

    October 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  88. Jeff In Minnesota

    Confidence is NOT high Jack. We have had how may "blue ribbon" commissions over the years (Simpson-Bowles was just the latest) that came out with recommendations that never were acted upon. Why? Because Congress was unwilling to do the things necessary to put our fiscal house in order. Why? Because the changes necessary would have so angered the electorate that a lot of members of Congress would have lost their jobs. And now, because we have a "super" commission, that is all supposed to change? Yeah, right. Pigs fly!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  89. Paulette in Dallas

    I don't have any at all. Send All of these politicans Home and let's start from scratch again.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  90. Ryan in Tempe, AZ

    The underlying issue is the Republicans making an under the table pledge with Grover Norquist to never ever raise taxes or let tax breaks expire under no circumstances, period. All six of the super-committee Republicans have signed this pledge, so don't expect any compromises from those elephants in the room.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  91. Rick in California

    Absolutely no confidence. Won't matter anyway. America is about to look like Libya. We will have to TAKE the country back from the ineptitude in Washington by force except we will have to go after the Republicans for what they are doing to us. None of this would even be necessary if they were only interested in the country instead of getting Obama out cause they are about to lose their free meal ticket.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  92. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    I have ZERO confidence, Jack, since no compromise between cuts and taxes is even possible since all of the Republicans have signed Norquist's pledge. Since when does just one lobbyist have the power to run the government?

    October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  93. Alex, Smithtown, NY

    I have no confidence at all. I'd trust a 10 year old to do what's right for this country rather than congress.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  94. William

    None. This whole thing was just a political stunt to get the public to think that Congress can do anything.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  95. Wendy

    Not a damn bit! Boot them all out of office and elect your next door neighbors!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  96. Toni Larkin

    To paraphrase Herman Cain ... nien!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  97. John Sietsema

    None. Never had any. And not only will it fail, congress will repeal the legislation that triggers the automatic cuts.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  98. Mike Rich

    I have no confidence in them at all.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  99. Charles Olafson

    Short answer: 0 Longer answer: Zero

    October 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  100. Peter in Minnesota

    About as much confidence as I have in the Lohan's staying out of jail.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  101. PiedType

    I have zero confidence in the committee, Jack. Zilch. Its members are drawn from the same pool of lawmakers that deadlocked in the first place. Same people; same results. Why would anyone in their right mind expect otherwise?

    Susan
    Denver

    October 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  102. Shane

    The simple version? ZERO

    October 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  103. Ian

    Until Democrats & Republicans remember they are Americans first? None whatsoever.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  104. Jim Hedstrom

    I have NO trust in the super-committee as long as it has Republicans on it.
    Jim Hedstrom
    Portland, OR

    October 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  105. Tina Tx

    Please these bozos have no intention of getting anything solved. The elephants won't sit down with the asses and work on a compromise on anything. We, the people need to demand term limits and then lets see if they keep their stupid looks on their faces. I want them out of office and a law saying that you cannot run and be a lobbyists 10 yrs after you left office.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  106. Tom in Fl

    Really?..... Lobbyist are have access to this super commitee? This is exactlly why Occupy Wall Street is happening all over America. When will we ever have our politicians out of their (lobbyist) pockets.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  107. Bill Wimmer, Delaware

    Well, JAck, I did finally stop laughing. But of anyone who belives that 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans can reach any common decision..I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would like to sell to you.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  108. K I Smart Simple

    Jack you should have done your homework before you start blaming the House for not passing a budget, it is the Senate that is not doing its job. Then a joint committee would come up with the final bill to be voted on.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  109. Tom

    You'll get better results by closing your eyes and clicking your heels three times. This country and it's politics have been deadlocked since Bill Clinton had the gall to beat GHW Bush.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  110. Lawrence Owens

    I have as much confidence in them as I do in the Republican Presidential Candidates having an idea on how to fix the economy without helping the rich in the process.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  111. Clay

    At this point I have absolutely zero confidence the super committee will reach any agreement on cutting the U.S. deficit. With the clear thought process of tax increases being off the table this committees job is a non-starter. We have been living with unreasonable tax cuts for too long and the nation has to get back to raising more revenue in order to even consider cutting debt. We should lock them all in a room and stop paying them until they agree on something that works. Every year the U.S. grows its population. We cannot reasonably keep trying to pay for programs which are necessary in a growing population with the same amount of money-UNREAL. FIRE EVERY LAWMAKER, CONGRESSIONAL AND SENATE SEAT HOLDER AND START OVER!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  112. VistaPoint

    Have more confidence in the super committee than I have in you to discuss issues in a balanced and an unbiased manner.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  113. Dan Whitcomb

    Come on Jack...don't you know? We Americans really do have a short memory. The real leader of the GOP/TPers sits behind a "golden microphone". If you recall, this is exactly what El Rushbo told his loyal "conservatives" listeners. As soon as Obama was elected, he instructed them to do nothing...do NOT work with them, and we will regain the power in 2012...and we just sit here baffled that have gotten away with it for 2 years now....and he is "on loan from GOD"...think about it.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  114. Dave in SC

    Nothing will be done. How many of these representatives have signed oaths to Norquist that they take more seriously than their congressional oaths when they took office? They lock themselves behind the 8-ball , we vote for them, then wonder why nothing gets done. Might as well take an oath to refuse to do their job before they start. Absurd.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  115. Jim Woods

    They are still congress, 9% approval rating why would ANYONE think they could accomplish the impossible. Cooperation

    October 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  116. steven greer

    Not a chance Jack the GOP will never go for taxes on the rich .

    October 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  117. Stephanie Angelos - Seattle

    None Jack. Everyone is more concerned with the next election instead of doing the job they were hired to do. Why can't we pay them based on their approval ratings? We are to blame too because we're so divided. The biggest problem I see is that we have a very divisive presdient who would rather win an election than fix the country. He talks bipartisenship, then turns around and insults not only the Republican congress but American citizens who he works for. Reagan and Clinton both had the leadership skills to get things done. Lame ducks are nothing new. We need a real leader in the White House. We should have seen this coming in 2008.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  118. Ann R

    none whatsoever. This country has cut a financial artery, and bleeds to death while the super-committee argues about whether to apply a pressure bandage or find a shorter route to the hospital to save on gas.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  119. Anthony W.

    Did anyone think the supercommittee would produce anything other than a small-scale version of the bipartizan congressional deadlock? With no one willing to break political party dogma, the supercommittee is doomed for the same useless back-and-forth that we saw during the debt ceiling debacle.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  120. Mike Devlin

    They haven't done much in 3 years why would we expect anything different in 3 weeks. They all may be suprised in 2012, we should get more production for $174,000.00 per year. Let's start a "All Incumbants Out" movement.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  121. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    That committee couldn't agree on lunch. Since we are adding a trillion a year, what is the point of a trillion saved over 10 years? At that rate, we will only add 9t instead of 10t over 10years. We have to get real. Stop sending our money overseas. (wars are foreign aid) and reduce our debt not just the deficiet

    October 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  122. Ray Hoffer

    As much confidence as I have in the outcome of The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles Plan), which as you know, diec because representatives of both houses of Congress did not want to alienate the financial industry – a major contributor towards the re-election efforts of both parties. This time around there will also be major contributors who will be financially hit if they pass anything. Therefore, nothing will get done!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  123. Pete/Ark

    You're on target Jack...they WILL fail...and that,in and of itself,will be very meaningful. It will mean our military will be stripped to the bone and ALL other functions(except the Congress,of course)will be gutted WITHOUT regard for need and value. That will mean a lot...a lot of hardship and confusion.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  124. William Oney

    Jack, The only thing super about that commission is the size of the debt that keeps growing. The GOP and the corporate game hogs will fail on purpose in an effort to get in to the white house. We are surely "circling the drain" as far as being a world economic power. There are some hard times coming to America because of these idiots we call congress.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  125. DCS in Union, KY

    This is a rhetorical question? Look, there are 535 men & women elected to do a job. So, these same men & women need to subcommittee the job they are elected to do? Just the mere notion is ludicrous, much less the idea that anything will come of it. Oh, maybe one thing–TERM LIMITS. OK, I'm the dreamer.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  126. wesley

    This so called "Super Committe" was doomed to fail from the get-go. All it has accomplished is to get the real issue of what is happening in Congress. out of the MSM spotlight which leave the Republican Debates as the main focus of politial reporting. So while President Obama is trying to pass a jobs bill which would, dare I say it, raise taxes to pay for infrastructure repair. There is a long time until the next election. Enough time to get something meaninful done. Like pass a budget. Like pass a jobs bill. Instead we hear about Perry vs Romney vs Cain. The only thing I see the President campaining for is a jobs bill. At least someone in government is working..

    October 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  127. Toney

    Jack, if the Countries in the European Union can come together and agree to bailout failing economies, and solve the EU debt crisis, surly the two sides of our US Congress should be able to come together to solve our national debt crisis. If they can't or won't they make us look so small (minded) as a Country.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  128. John Keida

    Ardmore, OK
    Here is my answer in a couple of languages:
    none, zero, null, _uck all, nada, ninguno, nemo, geen, asnjë, никой
    I am currently in Canada, and "_uck all" is Canadian for "not a _uckin chance"
    The last one is Bulgarian for none (a nod to by ex-wife who said that it at night instead of the headache excuse)🙂

    October 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  129. Jim Green, Seguin,TX

    Jack WHERE IS THE REPUBLICAN APOLOGY? Until the Republicans profusely apologize to the American people for the damage “Supply-Side” policies has done to America—the Super Committee with do nothing! Tens of million have been injured, and the Republicans drove America into a $14 trillion ditch, including mop up costs—The starting point for getting anything done is WITH A REPUBLICAN APOLOGY!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  130. Randy

    NONE! On the other hand, if Israel wanted more weapons and money, if the rich wanted more loot, if it were for another war against non aggressors, and if it was legislation attacking poor and middle class programs I have complete confidence they would get something done.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  131. Valerie in Raleigh

    I have little confidence with half the delegates Reputlicans. Their contribution would be:
    1. No, no, no, no and no
    2. The President might approve of it. No, no and no
    3. It might help the country and not the Republican Party. Can't happen! No, no
    5. It is our sworn duty to make the President fail – so this must fail.
    and
    6. Our revered leader, Gordon Norquist, wouldn't like it.
    2012 elections – vote Obama and send all the Tea Party Republicans back to Daddy Norquist.
    What a sad time for our great country.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  132. Shelitha

    No confidence at all. Honestly I believe the super committe is a joke. My understanding is that we have voted members into congress to make collective efforts as a whole to do what is right for the country and their constituents. The Super commitee was created as a pacifier in name only. If they couldn't get it together then, for sure not now. This is just a continuation of a waste of the people's time. Besides, there can't even be a meeting of minds as to how to cut the debt. For right now, Republicans only want to have a one sided conversation with a one sided solution. Cut with no revenue. NOTHING WILL COME OUT THIS. Because if it does, OBAMA would appear to get the credit. And we all know that will never happen!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  133. kathy from peoria az

    None! Why you might ask? As long as the Republicans are in office getting paid for doing nothing, they will continue to do nothing. Unlike alot of people I do believe in the President and if he was just given a chance this country could be great again but I am a kid at heart and still believe in miracles. So the Super Committee is just an extension of the do-nothing republicans with a few good guy democrats.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  134. Bruce Jones

    Confidence? If you take a subset from a large group of fools and idiots, you just have a smaller group of...fools and idiots. And to quote Ron White: "You can't fix stupid".
    Bruce
    NC

    October 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  135. Nino LaRocca

    As much as me hitting the lottery are you kidding they are masters in creating a mess ! spend and waste is there motto !! and not to fix anything they couldn't balance the budget or the deficit if they could ! the characters of the Movie DUMB AND DUMBER puts them to shame IDIOTS RULE IN CONGRESS !!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  136. Mary Foster

    Just a couple points. Republican led congress did pass a budget. Democratic led Congress has not.
    Feel like you are looking for reasons to blame Repubs for lack of budget. Let's not forget that neither house or senate passed a budget when Dems led both houses and white house too.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  137. Chuck from Bridgton

    Obama is certainly one of the few with legislative responsibility who approaches our country's financial problems with reason. That said, he has been handcuffed by the opposing party's obstructionist minority. Unfortunately our president's willingness to work with the opposition sometimes results in horrible compromise. Having a government requirement to purchase health care from a private insurance company is one of those examples. The formation of this ridiculous committee is another.
    .

    October 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  138. Lloyd, Penticton, Canada

    Jack, it is pretty simple
    If there are tea party Republicans on the "Super Committee" any meaningful proposals will be ZERO.

    Anyone with a minimum of intelligence knows that if you reduce revenue you have less money to spend.
    Therefore no jobs will be created, and the debt will not be reduced.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  139. Troops Support Paul

    The "super committee" is super unconstitutional. I have zero confidence in their doing anything to benefit our country, and everything to get more taxpayer money to the bankers and the government.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  140. steven greer

    not a chance jack, the tea party will never go for any taxes on the rich

    October 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  141. Tommy P Chicago

    i think it would inspire confidence once we have the option to FIRE CONGRESS, maybe if they knew that their job and their paycheck is on the line regardless of weather or not it's election time... I'm pretty that is how it works for the rest of us in our professional life

    but as far as something happening over the next 4 weeks, i think it will be just as successful as the last few dozen deadlines we set fourth

    October 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  142. John in California

    You cannot ask congressmen to act irrationally. Any vote to reduce entitlements [Dems] or weapons programs [Reps] means defeat at the next election, and the loss of livlihood. I dont have an answer, and am very pessimistic on the future of America.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  143. John E

    ZERO chance - unless a pay raise on top of their 174,ooo a year was included. Seems like, for the past 40 years or so, we have just been swapping one group of idiots for another group. Time we flushed the WHOLE thing and start from scratch. These clowns aren't fit to run a cash register at Wal-Mart much less manage the finances of our government.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  144. Diogenes

    I have high confidence that they will come up with the minimum $1.5Trillion several days after the deadline (just like the Euros did last night). They we not able to agree on anything more and dare the bond markets to call their bluff.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  145. Sandra

    Jack, No, I have zero confidence. We need cuts and we need tax increases if we are serious about bringing down our budget. I'm begining to wonder if we would be better off just cutting Congress. Think of the salaries we would be saving. Afterall, it's not like they are actually getting anything accomplished.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  146. Dan

    None Jack...just look at the money flooding into the pockets of the elected officialsfrom special interest groups and lobbiest ! This is nothing but an undeclared revocation of our freedom and everything to do with the reason our founding fathers declared Independence from another "out -of-touch" government!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  147. Linda in Arizona

    I hope they don't come to any "meaningful" agreement, because that would mean the DINOs on the committee would have caved to the merciless, recalcitrant republicans. Our social safety net would be destroyed, while the war profiteers would grow even fatter. Complete capitulation is the only outcome the republicans will agree to. May they fail miserably.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  148. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, it's all over. We already see that the GOP is sayinf "My way or the highway." The Democrats offered what the American public wants...big cuts and increased revenue. The GOP members are controlled by Norquist and the Tea Party. They are guaranteeing Obama's second term.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  149. Josh from New Jersey

    Lets just say I wouldn't bet the house on it. And for a while obama was looking pretty bad allowing congress to manage his presidency. Now he's talking tough and saying forget them! He's not willing to bet the white house on what these republicans do! Good for him.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  150. Dan K

    Jack: What makes anyone think that this same group of representitives that have yet to agree on any single item the other side proposes will be any different just because they are in a different committee? I wouldn't bet the farm on it if I were you!!!! Only one thing these millionaires will agree on is no taxes for the rich or big business!

    Dan K Owens Cross roads

    October 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  151. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    Absolutely none. The only thing that is "bi-partisan" about the super committee is the fact that there is an even number of members from both parties. The Republicans will continue to obstruct anything useful in their goal to make President Obama fail/a one-term president even if/especially if it forces the country into a severe depression. They want people to suffer. And remember that each Republican member on that committee has signed a pledge to their god, Grover Norquist, promising to never ever never raise so much as 1/16 cent increase in taxes on the rich and corporations.

    The lobbyists will get everything they want, and so will the rich, coporations, and Wall Street. The poor and the new poor (formerly known as the middle class) will be vanquished.

    I understand why the OWS folks are protesting Wall Street–because they own the gov't, and the gov't does exactly what Wall Street wants. Wall Street is pulling the strings, and are the real source of power. Time to get lobbyists and money out of politics, and for politicians to start representing the people. Time for the people to vote and be more involved, too.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  152. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    This committee can't agree on the color of an orange. Nothing will get done.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  153. Charles of Oregon

    Are there any Tea Party Republicans on the committee? I think the Obstructionists can be out-flanked, and that their numbers will be halved in the next election.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  154. Patrick - Hampstead, Maryland

    Jack – ZERO. This should have been called the STUPID committee. Stupid to think that the Republicans would compromise on Anything!!

    October 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  155. Greg NY

    As much confidence as I have in the Chicago Cubs signing Pujols and winning the World Series in my lifetime.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  156. Ty Northcutt

    From the start it was doomed because the mandatory cuts were not substantial enough to promt a working compromise.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm |