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January 25th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

How effective is deficit panel that can't make Congress act until after elections?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama is backing a bill to create a bipartisan budget commission, which could force Congress to vote on doing something about the country's skyrocketing deficits - the likes of which we haven't seen since World War II.

But here's the catch - this panel would report after the November elections and Congress would vote on its recommendations in December. Wouldn't want lawmakers to have to vote on raising taxes or cutting spending before re-election, right?

President Obama says the deficits didn't "happen overnight and won't be solved overnight." He adds the only way to solve long-term fiscal challenge is with Democrats and Republicans working together.

Haven't we heard this song before? And not even starting the process for at least ten more months guarantees nothing will happen "overnight."

This proposed panel is getting push-back from members of both parties. Most Republicans don't want an entity that would likely lead to tax increases - even though most economists agree that deficits can't be brought under control by only cutting spending.

As things stand now - officials expect the U.S. will hit the current $12.4 trillion cap on borrowing in the the next few weeks; so Democrats are trying to raise this cap by almost $2 trillion. This would allow the government to keep paying its bills through the rest of this year, and - this is key - the Democrats wouldn't have to try and raise the debt ceiling again for November's elections.

The Democrats just increased the debt ceiling by almost $300 billion last month...

Here’s my question to you: How effective is a deficit panel that can't force Congress to act until after the November elections?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mark from Berwyn, Pennsylvania writes:
This panel will not be effective at all. Zip. This is simply a facade for Obama, our newly created populist president, to show the "working man" he is angry and will fight for us. Bull. Plain and simple, this is politics at its very worst: Make promises to the American voter ONLY after we vote!

Ron writes:
Not effective at all. We are in a perpetual campaign for virtually every elected office in Washington. Not what the founders envisioned in our Constitution. Term limits might help but George Washington was right: party politics will be the ruin of our government.

Jim from Wyoming writes:
The deficit panel is highly important because it lets the president, the Congress and the political parties find cover until after the next elections. As a real solution to anything, it's worthless, of course.

Joe writes:
Jack, It's like throwing a Dixie cup of water at the towering inferno, Jack. What really annoys me is that while our representatives play partisan politics, our future and our children’s future is getting flushed down the toilet by these clowns. I hope all incumbents in the next election get flushed as well. Maybe then, the ones left standing will get the point.

Mike writes:
An appointed panel that is charged with making Congress act on reducing the deficit? Is that constitutional? How and why do the voters deserve another layer of government (unelected) to make the elected officials do their job?

Steve from Virginia Beach, Virginia writes:
About as effective as a President who needs a deficit panel to tell him he's spending too much.


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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    Effectiveness of deficit panel? Do we have one and if so why is the deficit so high? Can't force Congress to act? We don't have a Congress, our Congress only acts for special interest. Time for Revolution Jack.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  2. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    About as effective as our "serious" search for Bin Laden. Both are just eye and talk candy for all of us. Neither is for real.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  3. Conor in Chicago

    It doesn't matter when this panel would "act". Everything is so polarized right now the whole thing is just smoke and mirrors. It will be another example of how the people just want common sense to reign and have these people get something useful done. Instead, loyalty to party over country will prevail and we'll be doing a post about what a joke this thing is in December.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  4. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    This whole thing is an utter waste of time. Seriously, a panel on the deficit with zero authority behind its conclusions. Here in California under Arnie, we had the same kind of thing. They came through with all kinds of common sense ideas for better managing our money, but the legislature adopted none of them. They are more interested in protecting the "machine" and playing budget games and deferring the probelm rather than actually fixing the problem. It's the name of the game. If there are hard, sometimes unpopular decisions to be made, and when you are talking about curbing spending someone is going to be unhappy and stop getting checks, then the political approach is to kick the can down the road and make it someone else's problem.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  5. Loren, Chicago

    About as effective as anything Congress does, not at all. Typical Washington codswollop. Senator and Congressmen vote for something only so long as they can't be held responsible for the result. Give me a lifetime job or a pension (but nothing where I might have take a stand).

    January 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  6. Jim - Michigan

    It will not be effective regardless of when the panel meets or when any findings are presented. this is about giving some Chicago friends a job, nothing more nothing less.

    Obama loves spending money, he thinks its monoploy money.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  7. john in michigan

    This is just ploy to make it look like they're doing something, like a couple of years ago when they called in all of the oil executives to show they were on the case of high oil prices.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  8. Darren

    It's all smoke and mirrors up there on Capitol Hill, where crimes under treason aren't cause for dismissal and indicted Congressmen still receive compensation - and the creation of any panel is another stall tactic, like putting health care on the back burner for a couple months, years, or decades.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  9. Kevin in Austin

    Sounds like we need a Deficit Panel Effectiveness panel.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  10. Dave, Brooklyn

    It’s somewhat less effective than a burnt out light bulb.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  11. Terry Gnsbg,IN

    Effectiveness of deficit panel that can't force Congress to act until after Nov. elections?
    THE "DEFICIT PANEL" is the 'people of the "USA!" and they will act @ the Nov. elections, believe me "*" THEY WILL ACT!"*"
    Obama will have to ask his wife for something because he won't have any left. LMAO

    January 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  12. southerncousin

    As you can see. Obama and the Democrats did not get the messages sent in the recent elections. They are pulling the same old games and lies they always have and the libs will claim how wonderful he and they are.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  13. Pat

    they always find a way to stick it to people. boy are we in trouble.
    Pt
    Florida

    January 25, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  14. Joe

    Probably not at all if Congress doesn't want to do anything until after the elections. Maybe it's time to change, Congress, but how often we hold elections for the House of Representatives. The Members have to run every two years, spending money and time and worrying how their votes will affect reelections.

    Have them run for 4 year terms, hold them to only two terms and then perhaps the House would work to vote for thing that are good for the country, rather than what is good for their reelection

    January 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  15. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    If an 18 bipartisan member panel were given the power to act before the next election leaving the truth out about what really needs to be done to decrease the deficit. The candidates would not be able to sugarcoat the voters with weighing down bills with pork in order to get reelected.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  16. Mr. D

    Once again, it's the big government wheel with its many political "spokes" that turns slowly. The Congressional "spokes" are certainly not working in harmony and impeding progress. Let's hope they don't cause a permanent flat tire and nothing gets done. Meanwhile the financial deficit clock keeps ticking.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  17. Susan Frost

    How much can we save if we just stop paying Congress until after the November elections?

    S

    January 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  18. Ralph

    Jack, this is the best idea that has come out of the senate in 30 years. Our system of Government is not working. Because of special interest groups and both party's inability to work together, we are in a hell of a mess. Our country is on the path to total collapse. Anyone that doesn't support this Bi-partisan attempt to get our budget under control needs to be not only kicked out of office, but dragged out, into the middle of the street. Congress must come to the understanding that WE, the American people are fed up with all of them. Democrat and Republican alike. If they really care about our country and the People that they say they represent, they will allow this committee to go forward and rip the band-aid off the cancer which is our debt and find the cure instead.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  19. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    I welcome this for two reasons : no more B.S. at election time about who is more fiscally responsible because the bottom line here it took decades to create this debt which means every one is responsible! And the second reason is simple but important : every elected democrat and republican has to agree to fix the problem and not run away from it or use the debt to run a campaign!

    January 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  20. Simonsays-Orlando

    This would be a total waste of time and tax payer's money. Obama's the one that has been pushing the deficit to rediculous levels. He must think people are really stupid to think this would have any effect on congressional spending.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  21. Ed

    The political party most believed could be trusted with the national checkbook, increased the national debt $5 trillion dollars over the last eight years despite controlling all the levers of power for six of them. And that was when the economy was good. Commission or no, it's game over on the deficit.

    Ed
    Texas

    January 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    You already know, Jack. It would be worthless, meaningless, and nothing but a smokescreen.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  23. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    "Commissions" or " Panels" on Washington are just a way for the Congress or an Administraton to DUCK responsability and "kick the can down the road". the 9-11 Commission was a classic example. very few of their recommendations were ever actually acted on.

    it's just another example of Federal Government "Smoke and Mirrors"

    January 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  24. Michael Alexandria, VA

    Actually, since it does not report until after the election it might just be able to accomplish something. Of course, beware actions that trigger during a lame duck session, as like Gramm-Rudman-Hollings, they may lead to economic disaster.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  25. K

    wouldn't want congress to actually do something to bring accountability since they are only worreid about their next reelection,party lines, and the special interests lining their pockets so it is doubtful they would do anything

    January 25, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  26. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, it's just another weak effort by a weak president. I mean, we all know about the deficit! Who is he trying to kid, besides himself. How about his, we pull our troops home! We can't win this war the way we are fighting it. Bring everyone home, that puts a cap on spending, it gives our overworked under appreciated folks in the service some much need down time, and it forces Washington to rethink this mess.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    It's as effective as everything else Obama has done, which is to say a total failure.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  28. SLK 65

    Yeah, but some how this will all be blamed on Bush by the liberal media and the winey liberals in washington and across the country. Because in their eyes this administration can do no wrong and nothing is obamas fault. Even though he has already sent the debt out of control and does not seem to be slowing down one bit! 12.4 trillion and counting, the chosen one is going to ruin us all !!!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  29. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack - President Obama's deficit panel proposal with it's December Congressional implementation date is kinda like the guy standing on a street corner behind a table on which there are 3 walnut shells and a pea. He invites passersby to guess which walnut shell the pea is under. It's called a shell game and Obama's looking ever more like the guy that's standing behind the table.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  30. Joe M

    Jack,

    It's like throwing a dixie cup of water at the towering inferno Jack. What really annoys me is that while our representatives play partisian politics, our future and our childerns is getting flushed down the toilet by these clowns. I hope all incumbents in the next election get flushed as well, maybe then, the ones left standing will get the point. DO SOMETHING! SOMEBODY!

    Joe (Mn)

    January 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  31. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack the whole trouble with this concept of a deficit panel is it will be comprised of the same people who ran the damn deficit up in the first place. Isn't that similar to leaving the weasel in charge of the hen house???

    January 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  32. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    This panel will not be effective at all. Zip. This is simply a facade for Obama, our newly created populist President, to show the "working man" he is angry and will fight for us. Bull. Plain and simple, this is potitics at its very worst: Make promises to the American voter ONLY after we vote!!!
    Haven't we seen and heard enough of this 'in-over-his-head' President?

    January 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  33. Jane (Minnesota)

    As effective as the 2 party system is right now – OH WAIT -- It's being created by that same system. Very sad & depressing for those who want real change.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  34. Chris in Philadelphia

    Until Congress figures out the basic economic principle of spending only the money they have, deficits will be a problem. In no one else's world is spending $1.80 for every dollar taken in in revenue acceptable. A committee of these economically-challenged members of Congress will not be the answer before or after the November elections.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  35. Tom Bulger

    A lot more effective than one that had to act immediately before an election. We're talking about politicians here. Most live to be elected. Profiles in courage is a very quick read. If you think they would bite the bullet and do what had to be done to keep the economy chugging along, I have a deal for you on a bridge in Brooklyn.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  36. honestjohn in Vermont

    What a mess. We will keep throwing good money after bad money until we run out of money. The entire congress should be banned from Washington DC and a new one elected.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  37. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, that is called "looking forward" ! The Dems see the shoe getting ready to fall in Nov. and are looking for a way to handcuff the Republicans/Independents with legislation that will force them to do huge, unpopular tax raises, in order to make headway for the 2012 elections. Congress is responsible for the huge spending and deficits, it is time they stood up and took the blame, and fixed it themselves without hiding behind some panel/commission, blah, blah, blah. STOP spending and live within the budget.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  38. Ed from California

    Don't we realize that "bipartisan-ism", only happens at the end of sappy Hollywood movie. In real life it's about, The Money, The Power, The Ego... The Power of No! (except to our "friends"). Everybody has an agenda. It's too bad the American taxpayer, all 200 million, don't have a seat., or an invatation.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  39. Denis Duffy

    More Obama-speak. Obama does nothing, while saying he is doing something.
    I really don't want to say that the man lies, but really, a little truth would be nice.

    Denis Pittsburgh, Pa.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  40. Maria

    How effective is any government commission? I want to see action yesterday about the budget deficit and there's no reason our Congress can't get together, GOP and DEM in the same hearing room, open to the public, and hash out this problem. Just keep Bernake out of it.

    Maria
    Brunswick,MD

    January 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  41. TC in Illinois

    Jack,
    This deficit panel is nothing different than when the GOP run everything.
    America needs a real political party to represent working Americans. Just look at what the GOP did from 1994-2006, more jobs got outsourced than ever while America went from a surplus to record deficits.
    Why do you think its so easy to get off the merry-go-round when its spinning faster than ever???

    January 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  42. A. Smith, Oregon

    Jack, the deficits are just a number. What is important is the continued growth and future prosperity of America. That growth depends on the youngest of America's children receiving higher education which is entirely too expensive and family wage paying jobs which corporate America has mainly off-shored for the past decade. Whatever the deficit is doesn't truly matter if America continue to lag behind the rest of the world in college education and it takes two wage earners to make a single family wage salary.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  43. Eugene Northern Cal

    Jack, The newest Obama outrage called a Deficit Panel will be as ineffective, as Obama is a leader. America is waking up, to the craziness in D.C. and have had enough crap. This is just another run on Obama's agenda, to illegally redistribute American wealth.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  44. Tina Tx

    You truly want change? Fire all the ones who have been up there past two terms. This will be change and maybe then they can come back together and start working to get America back on the right track. Until then we will sink and become worse off than Haiti.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  45. Jim from Chicago

    Jack, Obama realizes that it doesn't matter until after the elections. Until then, JOB CREATION is the only task at hand. Without true job creation, the deficits won't cure themselves and the people won't care.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  46. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    All costs are variable. The commission needs to decide what is vital and necessary for the Federal government to fund, that the States can't do for themselves, and the rest is waste that can be cut out.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  47. ken, de

    The only way to cut the government deficit and safe america from bankrupcy is to cut defense spending by 25%, eliminate all corporate welfare and tax deductions, and raise the tax rate to 90% for millionaires. Congress will do none of the above and so nothing will change. More talk no action.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  48. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    The reason is so transparent.............not the transparency we were expecting though! If they were to act on it now, it is guaranteed they would be voted out in November, hence waiting until after the elections so the voters don't have a chance to respond with our vote.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  49. Penny, Bellvue WA

    Handing this over to an independent commission of civil servants and economists is probably a good idea. It's too bad they're waiting until after the elections, but it's good that they're doing this at all.

    Spending cuts and tax hikes have been so politicized that Congress is paralyzed by the talking points of the political parties. No Democrat can vote for spending cuts, and no Republican can vote for tax hikes.

    Not to mention special interests, who'll fight tooth and nail to protect their pork.

    Only an independent commission can truly do the right thing for the country, and Congress should have to vote the recommendation up or down as a whole.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  50. Eugene Northern Cal

    Jack, all I can say to a Deficit Panle is throw every feckless, pandering, elitist, tax dollar stealing incumbant out of office, to rid our nation of this scourge called congress and take our country back.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  51. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    It is powerless and doesn't make any sense. Whcih,by the way, is the objective.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  52. Joe CE

    WE knew this was coming when the economy crashed through BUSH policies ans qenuine strupidity from the financial sector. How can abyone be surprised that the debt limit neerds tio be increase. The voters can can say whether they want restrictive actio or not.

    The really recover the economy requires FAIR TRADE>

    January 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  53. Sam on Lake Oroville CA

    Jack,
    the Answer is not a simple one to Answer. but let Me try.
    Since Nixon's price freezes, and drawn out raise in the Minimum wage
    forces have been trying to shrink our economy.
    Our economy is like your cars circulatory system redistributing Fluids
    to keep the car running at a proper temperature.
    Our economy does that to wealth, and the gauge is INFLATION,
    inflation is a Symptom.....NOT A DISEASE...
    when you control inflation, what happens?
    Somebody takes it in the shorts, usually thats the poorest
    among us.
    If You took an Overheating auto to a mechanic, and He told you
    must put in a smaller Radiator and water pump, You would
    take Your car elsewhere.
    The G.O.P. has been doing this to our Economy since Nixon.
    the greatest Inflationary pressure is population growth, so you
    then must grow your economy for fairness economic fairness.
    you see your economy needs correction, not just wall street.
    the G.O.P. says they believe in free Markets, but not a free economy
    , they must have an Over controlled Economy.
    Inflation is how we grow our Economy and keep raising the standard of living
    with equality. but if the panel are not Economic Doctors understanding how an economy actually works
    we well be at the mercies of Economic mechanics,
    and be as worse off than when we started.
    as we have 50 years worth of correction to endure, for the
    return of economic equality.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  54. Ryan- Galesburg, IL

    Rather than having a panel set arbitrary spending limits for the future, which the Republicans will no doubt use to justify cutting every beneficial public program, we should have an investigation into where George W. Bush spent all of our money, past and future. My guess would be Haliburton, Blackwater, Goldman Sachs, and the big black-hole that was Iraq.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  55. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX

    How effective are we today????

    January 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  56. Dick from Indiana

    This deficit panel will as effective as the answers on Cafferty File are at changing the actions of Congress and the White House.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  57. Layne Alleman

    Jack, If, and I mean IF, the panel ever gets off the ground, it will be more "Sound and fury, signifying NOTHING". We already have the G. A. O., the problem is that they continually sound the alarm as to where the money is going(disappearing), and no one pays any attention(unless someone's caught, then they blame someone else, or the G.A.O. themselves). It's (the panel) just another excuse to "fiddle while Rome burns". Layne A. Antioch, IL.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  58. Scott Stodden

    Not effective at all Jack its embarrassing when our country is broke to be borrowing all this money, so inexperienced is Obama and he has no clue on what he's doing, The best thing would be to ask Bill Clinton what it was he did to balance the budget since he was the only President since Kennedy to balance the budget before he left office and Jack that took almost 8 years to happen.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    January 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  59. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    Stop spending more than you take in. Have a war tax. Tax the church. Let get our money worth when the government buy something. End no bids contracts. Jails and the army are full of contractors who pay off congress

    January 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  60. Krista

    While Pres. Obama tried to reach out, the Republicans decided that it was in their best interest politically to divide whenever possible. It seems they would only agree to "compromise" if Obama did everything the Republicans wanted and nothing he wanted. The Republicans were not too picky about the truth, or their own history.

    Many Republican ideas were incorporated into the Health Bill – but the Republicans chose to make a scene, not progress, whenever the camera was rolling.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  61. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Just another way for congress to screw the American people, it seems that it is their main objective these days.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  62. kent neargarder union city in

    Our we going to keep running red ink until it is impossible to fix?or do the hard thing and balance the budget now. make it law or we will pay a terible price.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  63. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack
    Just another dog and pony show by the good ole boys slight of hand takin care of the good ole boys.Pathetic idea that will bare zero fruit
    as they laugh over their 50 dollar steaks.
    David

    January 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  64. Dan Louisville, Ky

    The report is delayed until after election because we can all admit that CONGRESS IS GUTLESS. Any report before election day would be a waste of time and paper. They could also go with the "nuclear option", i.e. pass a law that COMPLETELY sunsets the existing individual tax code in 2013, thus leaving the Gutless 535 members of Congress4 years to hatch a completely new tax code.

    Of course Congress is outnumbered 100 to 1 by lobbyists in Washington, and tax cuts and special tax breaks are "Currency" to these folks.

    If we balanced the budget next year, and included a $100 Billion surplus, and continued that every year, it would still take over 70 years to pay off our debt. Obviously any reference to "not solving overnight" is an insult to anyone's intelligence. And now the White House is trotting out NEW tax cuts??? Gutless

    January 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  65. The Broker.

    "You will never find out! Now Barack Obama is going to use more of your savings, to help himself win Votes for the future, Is pretending he will help Families take care of there Grandparents. But who????

    Will get those Cheques?"

    January 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  66. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Better than NOTHING (which is what we have now)?

    January 25, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  67. aliou Jacksonville Florida

    Jack, Every American wants a stimulus for himself. Many have rushed to the source to get theirs if they know how to. But the same are out in tea parties and websites or polls voting to scrap the stimulus for which they do not qualify, or which is going to someone else.
    This is just the country we have become: Everyone wants the government in their business when they can have it, or if they need it.
    They don't want the government in their business simply means that someone else is likely to benefit as well. How many shareholders of contracting companies for the war are complaining about the cost of the war? How many companies that are benefiting from the stimulus and knows where to find it have rejected it (Banks, Insurance, small businesses and ordinary companies who received employment stimulating grants and special loans,)?
    It makes me laugh when social security, medicaid, and companies receiving grants for research and other special loans or stimulus money all rush to get it, and no one of them says loudly that they have received the money.
    All of them are in the rank of those poling against the president. Why, because we all want that money if we can get it, but we don't want anyone else to get it.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  68. Laura

    This is the problem...because the best ideas usually come overnight, by burning the midnight oil or sparks of inspiration that only sheer exhaustion and commitment can solve. I have the feeling our politicians aren't really comitted to anything but getting re-elected. To answer the question: zero effectiveness due to zero effort.
    Laura

    January 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  69. marion/Birmingham,al

    More smoke and mirrors,just like the ethics committee holding Rangel to ethics standards when he donates to their re-election campaign. And Cnn just reporting on the few stimulis handouts that have helped people,but not the real wasteful pork spending.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  70. aliou Jacksonville Florida

    The list of companies receiving grants and other help from government, contracts from stimulus, should be published.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  71. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Let's face it, we all know that even if Congress voted on recommendations tomorrow, not much would happen. Unless this commission is composed of third-party reviewers, their report will be nothing but excuses and finger pointing. No matter what's in the report, Congress is just going to draft a series of toothless resolutions and pretend they're working on the problem. This feels like a smoke and mirrors project.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  72. perry jones

    what is the differance the congress has a histery of not following the rules even when they set them

    perry jones
    council bluffs ia

    January 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  73. Randy T

    As effective as those bush tax cuts for the rich were at creating jobs and raising the standard of living for the poor and middle class.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  74. Bob Conrad

    Because the Democratically- controlled Congress is spineless, controlled by lobbyists and PAC's, and lacks direction from the Executive Branch. In any case, it will never happen, now that mega-corporations can spend unlimited dollars to buy the lawmakers.
    By the way, Jack... How come you aren't SCREAMING about the Supreme Court decision... Not a peep from you, or CNN! Faux News is loving this, and everyone but Keith Olbermann is pretending it didn't happen!!

    January 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  75. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    The panel would have to be creative since they only have one month to answer all the questions about the economy and be able to generate at least 100 pages of regulations per day to provide the answers, they would have to be as effective as the team of Pelosi and Reid and have the integrity and negotiating skills of NBC and be able to present this farce to the American people and have everyone enjoy the answers. This team would need someone whose been there and knows how to handle this task in fact, Conan Obrien may be available.

    January 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  76. Rob in NC

    Why is EVERYTHING in congress "solved"-haha by comittees? There are more comittees, panels, and interest groups than anything else. I am sure these groups will work for free to solve these problems. Why can't congress just do its job for a change. Now that would be a novel idea. Rob in NC

    January 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  77. Matthew from Renton, WA

    Sad to say Jack, not horribly, if they aren't willing to risk their skins over it, then it'll just be the usual DC ridiculousness.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  78. linduh2

    Another congressional joke.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  79. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    A defict panel is like the fox guarding the hen house. Congress has a miserable history of self-policing, and deficit levels that are ruining our country are not really going to motivate a self-serving Congress. Here's an idea, if they are as dedicated and patriotic as they claim, make them work without pay until the deficit is wiped out. I don't think you'll find any takers.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  80. Karen

    It doesn't matter what people on Main Street think anymore now that our voices have been nullified by the conservative members of the Supreme Court.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  81. Dennis North Carolina

    debt did not start on obama's watch.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  82. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, NY

    First things first, Jack.
    Congress voted themselves a 5% raise this year in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression and continue on with taxpayer-funded travel junkets – witness the all expenses paid trip to Copenhagen for the Global Warming Summit.
    Rewards are supposed to only be for a job well done, so why don't they trim some of their own privilege first ? When are we going to see that ?

    January 25, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  83. Michael, Springfield VA

    It's just more government waste that adds to the deficit. As long as Congress can continue to spend money that the country doesn't have it's business as usual.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  84. Norma - Flagler Beach, Florida

    Jack,
    It seems to me that people don't fully realize the bad shape that this country was in when President Obama took office. It's almost as bad now... and it's true that the deficit spending began with George W. Bush. He walked into money in the bank from President Clinton's administration, spent it and then some. He had no idea how he was going to pay for the Iraq war or Afghanistan for that matter. So, to answer your question is the stimulus package creating jobs? HOW CAN YOU TELL??? The economy is still very scary for small business owners, the banks aren't lending the money that we taxpayers loaned them to loan, so Middle America hasn't had a chance. Let Congress pass a bill that says the banks have to loan! And cut back on credit card interest rates instead of increasing them as they are doing right now!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  85. norah

    People should understand that these jobs were not lost in one day . one week or one year. Why should people now expect jobs to be created in one year. We should understand that this is a process. The President can never please those people who are against him. I personally believe the President is doing his best.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  86. Brian from Denver

    Jack,
    Not at all effective this year, and I doubt in future years. The United States has a CREDIT economy! This includes the Federal Government! Credit means BORROWING! And SPENDING more than one really has to one's name! This panel is a political gimmick intended to pacify the voting public's fears with pap, nothing more.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  87. guy from NM

    The same morons who got us in this mess by being too cozy with Wall Street are the ones telling us what we should do to fix this mess? Something is wrong with this picture. 1st get rid (or jail), anyone who was involved in this economic debacle, that still would less costly than having them running this country

    January 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  88. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    What the shame of all this is Jack, is that these alleged leaders in Washington would rather wait until the country goes into Chinese receivership, than to lead themselves out of their maze of ideologies.

    Both party's are so worried about patting themselves on the back, singing their own praises, undermining the other guy, that they have forgotten any consciousness towards their fellow man, you and me.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  89. joe m

    this is like hiring someone to save what's left of a person's savings, but only after the person asking for the help has gone out on a shopping spree. this is what happens when we trust the american financial future to people who've got now clue as the the value of a dollar. this proposal is just a little more than ridiculous. is the president serious about financial responsibility?

    January 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  90. Linda in Arizona

    ...He (Obama) adds the only way to solve long-term fiscal challenge is with Democrats and Republicans working together."

    OH, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Doesn't this FOOL get it yet? There is no such thing as bipartisanship in the Congress. Is he REALLY still pedaling up that dead-end road, even rhetorically? Anyway, it's just more noise. Nothing remotely similar will ever happen. He talks, then he folds. It's the way he rolls.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  91. T Thomas in Abilene Tx.

    Hasn't the President learned anything from the health care debacle? The GOP is not interested AT ALL in bi-partisanship.I don't care if it is before or after 2010 election.Just pass something.Otherwise, Republicans . will continue to obstruct to make Obama appear a failure.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  92. Docb

    WOW Jack,
    Congress not acting–surely you misread. We have one side that have acted on nothing and the other side piddling for months with the majority under their belt!

    The national Deficit was $1.3 trillion when Obama took office but the 2 Wars were not in the budget nor were the tax breaks for the rich nor were the corporate tax breaks -So what are the real numbers?

    It is time that we clean house on both sides of the aisle. Think Brown may prove a lifeline for the American people and maybe the President–he seems to be a centrist and understands some of what the American voter needs!
    By the By- am from Tulsa-Coburn is a liar and Mccain sold his soul in the last election.. How could we trust either!

    January 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  93. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    I think the deficit will take care of itself if we all get jobs and get out of other people's countries (except Haiti). I don't care about the panel one way or the other.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  94. rick bennett

    Jack

    Nothing can make congress act on anything except money . We have the best congress money can buy,and now the supreme court has helped the congress live up to that.

    Rick

    January 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  95. Elizabeth New Jersey

    Hello! hellooooooo! Does this thing work? Doesn't this just go to show? It's all about bieng there, having the power, having the money. It is never about the people. These little bones congress throws us, like, the so called job creating stimulus package, the speeches that promise this or that but never deliver. The very mention of healthcare reform was, in itself, enough for the american people to elect a lame duck president.It might as well have been Hillary Clinton as her platform was the same. The americans should never again believe in any politicians unless they have a viable way of assuring that the content of character is real. As far as I see it, it's a "crap shoot" at best. All of this does not mean anything for anyone as they must answer to a higher power anyway.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  96. Val J Robichaud

    Jack,,As a American living in Canada,,,Money spent in Iraq,,Afghanistan,,country all over the world for different reason,,
    Why don't you called that Stimulus money as well,,
    That will help your listener's to appreciate the Stimulus money spent
    at home,,wake up before it's to late..
    Val.
    Moncton,New Brunswick
    Canada

    January 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  97. John, Fort Collins, CO

    A "bipartisan" budget commission taking action right after the midterm elections would be just about as effective as selecting the two finest race cars in the world, sawing them in half, then welding the front halves together. It would be something to talk about: the new "Washington Cluster Fox" a hot car that goes nowhere.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  98. M.Woodward

    Creating a commission is such a predictable political move. It allows Obama cover so that he can avoid making any tough decisions regarding the deficit until after the elections. I thought that we elected presidents to make the tough decisions – perhaps I was mistaken.

    Ashburnham, MA

    January 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  99. Chip Pierce

    The deficit panel will probably be ineffective, Jack.
    Asking a deficit panel – which consists of politicians – to solve our deficit problem is like asking GW Bush to perform brain surgery.
    Not qualified!
    Besides, you're asking politicians to put USA citizens best interest before their big business sponsors.
    Good luck with that!
    The only problem politicans are interested in solving is how to get re-elected.

    Carlsbad, CA

    January 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  100. Ken in NC

    It’s about as effective as hiring two men on Friday to go out and close the barn doors to keep the horses from getting out and running off and then telling them they can start on Monday morning.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  101. Ed from MD

    Fair enough, if the democrats lose in droves this november why should Republicans get a free ride on the backs of the democrat big spenders. Make them vote for their own money as they always do.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  102. steve- virginia beach

    About as effective as a President who needs a deficit panel to tell him he's spending too much.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
  103. Annie, Atlanta

    I'd say about as effective as Congress itself – and they're worthless. Why are we talking about deficit reductions here during a great recession? If history is any guideline, wont' this sink us further into trouble? Is anyone else concerned about this situation?

    January 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
  104. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    It's wouldn't be effective, and sadly it is not intended to be! This is just another political diversion, allowing Congress to get themselves reelected & distance the President from the controversies – convince the American public they are addressing the issues of deficit spending & the national debt but do nothing. Their conventional wisdom is that making any tough decisions on taxes/spending before November puts them at risk – real statesmen, eh?
    If this doesn't convince us to replace all incumbants next November, we're doomed.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
  105. L.H. Gibbs

    Only special interest will have an effect on members of
    Congress. It is just to corrupt to good for the interest of the American public. Jack, thanks keep after them..

    January 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
  106. Jeff

    Jack.......it would be as effective as a smoking section in a restaurant would be. Leesburg, VA

    January 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
  107. Ron

    As usual, the congress is attempting to hide what the real problems are. Just business as usual, working behind close doors. We need to fire all of them.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
  108. The Broker.

    "We know the the 11 in, 9/11 was the twin-towers in September 2001. But what did the 9 mean. You will have to keep guessing. Just the same as with: Your/this Blog. You need to be more than asuming. Pre assuming. You need more infromation! You need protection."

    January 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  109. Andy

    OK Now lets everyone defend this joke and say it's because obama is Black...

    January 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  110. Rich Orr

    Why delay the obvious when Americans want the government to work on bringing our country in balance. This could help unite the country and help those of us that need to change our own spending and debt problems together.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  111. Charlie Bean

    This only demonstrates how important it is to the president and his staff the idea of reducing our deficit is. We must remember Obama and his staff come from the generation of credit spending, credit sppending, and more credit spending. Unitil we get younger representation in our Congress we are going to be in debt for many years to come!

    January 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  112. james in Idaho

    I can't talk now Jack. I just got a brand new 42 inch flat screen TV and the money I saved by using my old remote seems to have backfired. Which is a bummer because I'm now stuck on CNN, which means I'm missing my nightly fixes of The World's Deadliest Catch and Holmes on Homes.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  113. Ron Truitt

    Not effective at all. We are in a perpetual campaign for virtually every elected office in Washington. Not what the founders envisioned in our constitution. Term limits might help but George Washington was right...party politics will be the ruin of our government.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  114. Jim in Wyoming

    The Deficit Panel is highly important because it lets the President, the Congress and the political parties find cover until after the next elections.

    As a real solution to anything, it's worthless, of course.

    Where are you FDR?

    January 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  115. Larry So Cali

    The Ruling class Creedo..."We don't fight our enemy's we have our enemys fight our enemy's...whatever happens or does not happen... it will be the will of 'The ruling class' Those who can literally get away with murder, those who can tell you to train someone else overseas who will take your job,,ect,ect, Reagan, Bush, Clinton ,Obama, same same...people are total idiots..Have a nice day...!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  116. Mike Foxworth

    An appointed panel that is charged with making Congress act on reducing the deficit? Is that constitutional? How and why do the voters deserve another layer of government (unelected) to make the elected officials do their job?

    January 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  117. John Prater

    About as effective as our rookie president's other maneuverings so far. If he'd try working on his governing skills, rather than his orating skills, perhaps we'd be seeing some results we could all agree on.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  118. Frank

    Jack...this is business as usual for Washington...say you are going to do what is right, but not until after I get re elected. Shame on all!

    January 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  119. Larry So Cali

    Or more correctly "We create battles " to keep people ocupied while we are ripping everyone off...

    January 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  120. G DeWolf Shaw

    Americans paid 91% top marginal rates during the balanced budget "Fabulous 50's" but are tax cry babies now at 39%, say no to voluntary consumption taxes like a VAT, no to $2 per pack on smokes, no to $1 a gallon on gasoline - which would raise $1.5 trillion per year, yet whine after the fact about borrowing cheap money to finance 100% of two wars and Medicare Part D.
    Then the President offers the Congress a way out and they say "hell no". Your choice is simple: Another crisis with a credit rating downgrade and loss of US dollar reserve currency status or stop crying. Pay up for services. It can happen. We did it here. Paid down 20% of our national debt until 2008.
    G DeWolf Shaw CFA
    Montreal Canada

    January 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  121. WHOEVER

    I HAVE A FEELING: THAT TONIGHT'S GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT....... THAT TONIGHT'S GONNA BE A GOOD GOOD NIGHT!! HAHAHAHAHA
    WELL, I HAVE A FEELING WE AREN'T THAT LONG AWAY FROM THE M A J O R CLASH WE'VE BEEN PREDICTING FOR SO LONG {NOW}!! DON'T YOU HAVE THAT FEELING ASS WELL, CAFFER? TELL ME/US HOW YOU FEEL, COS I HAVE A FEELING: THAT TONIGHT'S GONNA BE SUCH A NIGHT IN WHICH YOU JUST LIKE TO SAY & TELL IT ALL!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    T H R O W IT OUT, CAFFER! THROW IT ALL OUT! WHY DON'T YOU?!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    I HAVE A FELLING: THAT TONIGHT'S GONNA BE A G O O D N I G H T

    January 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  122. John Callery

    Congress is completely out of touch with the people. They don't care what the people think. I no longer trust any elected official get anything accomplished, my opinion is once they get elected, they're in office to get all they can and stay in office forever.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  123. Jack Prince

    We are a credit-card nation, addicted to spending money we do not have, our grandchildren will as us "what were you thinking?!??" and it's time for tough action. Time for an intervention.

    Jack Prince
    Wayne, PA

    January 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  124. Ravi

    As with all things in American politics, the institutions of Congress, the Judiciary and the Presidency work at a much slower pace than the fleeting, whimsical opinions of the American public. Thus, the deficit panel and their results, whenever it happens, will be as effective as all things in American politics – in due time, my friend, in due time. Holding your breath, though, I wouldn't recommend.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  125. OJ Arthur

    It's kind of funny. I've been listening to CNN try to support the stimulus as being money well spent. Clearly, it did not create jobs anywhere near in relation to the money spent. The money was all provided to Democratic special interest groups, most notably Unions and Government workers, neither of which is even capable of creating jobs. So, now we sit here stuck with double digit unemployment and an economy incapable of repaying the debt. I guess our children will get this bill – Thank you Mr. President.

    Now we hear of a deficit panel designed to determine how to repay the debt. Seriously? Who is going to repay it? How about increasing taxes to all people who work in Unions and Government jobs? This makes about as much sense as penalizing the banks just as they get back on their feet. – Unbelievable –

    January 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  126. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Congress has been spending money it doesn't have for a very long time. It started about 50 years ago when it started to tap the Social Security revenues to pay for current budget items.

    On top of that, we're still paying hundreds of billions each year outside the 'budget'. Are those expenditures being counted against the 'deficit'?

    On top of that, we're accruing future costs of these wars. Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes have told us all they're trying to cover up about the true costs of these wars.

    These crooks all belong in prison cells next to Bernie Madoff.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  127. Jerry..Dallas

    Can they start by advising Obama to end these $10Trillion wars! Consider ever increasing mandates on Veterans,aging population,increasing population needing basic education and healthcare and quite frankly decaying infrustructure......and yes need for advancement in technology.
    So,how far deep can we cut spending? How can we have tax cuts under such circumstances?
    Here is my suggestion:
    End these wars and secure the border.Lets fight "smart".That cuts billions in running costs and reduce casualties. We can take care of our soldiers as they train and help border security and other civil duties.
    With revenue saved,we can give tax cuts to corporations and induce local production back to this country with great multiplier effect.
    Charity begins at home and not unless economy is strong,we can never defend ourselves neither project globally.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  128. Philip, Germany

    Jack, I am seriously concerned the inability of Congress to act will seriously threaten the world economy. Nearly every dollar you spend, is borrowed from China and it is this imbalance which caused all our economic troubles in the first place.
    I will graduate this spring, and I need the economy fixed by then! 😉

    January 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  129. andrew in pinehurst, nc

    It will be at least as effective as the 60 – 40 democrat senate majority has been.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  130. BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa

    (Thanks, Jack. I realize you are doing your job, by riling up oppnsing sides, butit's counterprouctive to what Americans need. By presenting both sides, average citizens will know that their voices are being heard. Thanks again. I MUST also commend Wolf for being truthful. The fate of Americans (including that of your children & great-grandchildren) is in your hands. For the sake of all future generations, thank you all for reporting responsively

    January 25, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
  131. Jack Prince

    ....and Congress (both parties) are merely drunks with the keys to the liquor cabinet.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  132. Dave Messner

    In true congressional self-preservation style this deficit panel is just another example of how our elected officials are more concerned about their agenda rather than the agenda of the people who hired them.

    A complete changeout of Congress in November would not hurt my feelings at all and I suspect that it might even get our Congress to think a little more like businesses – ones that can't print their own money.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  133. agarwal

    Deficit Panel is another of Obama's political maneuvering. This is hypocrisy at its best and yet another ruse like jobs panel without Chamber of Commerce and economic advice from Bill Gates and Buffet.

    New ceiling of 14.4 Trillion. It is mind boggling, for those who can comprehend the number and worse its implications.

    Without immediate drastic reduction in spending and focusing on local manufacturing and immigration freeze and import ban from China, this is all just a ploy to get attention and be seen as concerned and effective president.

    Those who cannot see through Obama yet, will wakeup one day begging for alms on the streets of Shanghai. But hopefully we would have gotten rid of this problem well before then.

    Nation, you should have know better, before criticizing Bush for recovering dow to 14000 all time high from 9-11 lows, and record unemployment lowes of 4.75%. You elected an inexperienced smooth talker and glory digger.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  134. Mike in DeBary, Florida

    We all know members of each party are mostly concerned about getting re-elected and/or removing the other party from power. They are not going to take a stand on something like tax increases or spending reductions that will keep them from getting elected. They will complain about abdicating their authority to pass budget laws and kill the bill. Then they will do nothing to control the deficit so they can point fingers at the other party for being obstructionists. Its all a game at our expense and we're getting tired of it. When are they going to wake up and listen? Anyway to answer the question...I think a deficit panel would be not be less effective and maybe an improvement over what we have now.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  135. Ron M

    wow...why didn't I think of that? Another "blue ribbon commission"! In my adult life we've "fixed" Social Security by "blue ribbon commissions" at least 3 times and it seems to me that we're going to start on a steeply declining road to bankruptcy in just a few years from now anyway. Why woudl anyone beleive this time would be different? Name me a "blue ribbon commission" that did anything right? Whenever these weasels (Dems & Repubs alike) don't want to make difficult decisions they form a committee to look into it so they can continue to do what they've always done. COWARDS! People in business are forced to make difficult decision every damn day but not our beloved President and Congress. Mr. President, this is what the electorate is angry as hell about. For someone who is supposed to be so (book) smart, you about as street stupid as any President in the last 60 years. You know why President Carter is smiling so much these days? Because he knows you will replace him as the worst President in the last 100 years!

    January 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  136. steve- virginia beach

    I think it's smoke and mirrors but the Republican-led Congress that will take office in January might consider it a Christmas present. They can say that Obama's panel forced them to repeal all of his socialist legislation.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  137. Lincoln Harper

    Everything in Washington is politics. Why should this issue be any difference. As long as Donkeys and Elephants run DC nothing will never get done. Who are we kidding Jack. Senators need to be on a term limit. Maybe then they will be force to move those lazy legs of theirs.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  138. Melissa Crumpler

    Well, well. Lets not anyone take responsibility for doing what us American people voted them into office for. God forbid if they had to actually be held responsible for not doing their duties – we'd have a whole new congress. " We'll keep their attention on something else, until the time passes. We don't want them to actually take our jobs from us in November". After elections the American people will just have to deal with what they have – a government who does absolutely NOTHING. I get better results from arguing with my children about video games than they get from arguing about, oh, lets say our DAMN FUTURE!!

    January 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
  139. Barack Obama

    It will work well. The Republicans who upset us in November will use it as an excuse to repeal as much of my spending as they can and I can take credit for ut sinbce I created the panel.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  140. Steve

    This is just a reaction to last weeks election and I'm sure nothing will come of it. Nothing will change until we make it change.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  141. Butch Fleece

    Why does it take 60 democratic votes to pass legistlation? When did republicans have 60?

    January 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  142. Bruce - Delaware

    Totally ineffective, as is everything the corporate controlled lackeys touch. Wait 'till the $47 trillion lien against the U.S. treasury which was executed on December 6 gets collected – spending will take new meaning. The fact that the Fed is basically shut down right now won't help.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  143. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Panel or no panel, it makes no difference. Did we forget there was no deficit when GWB took office and it didn't take him long to create one.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  144. Eric Concord MA

    I am absolutely opposed to a congressional deficit panel. Washington needs to be held accountable right now, today, not months from now when we're another eightyeight thousand trillionmllion in debt. (what comes after trillion anyway? )

    January 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  145. The Broker.

    "Making a quick decision on a theatre of war, without another action available. Is just like commiting Suicide. Bye Bye Obama!"

    January 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm |
  146. Nancy Ladisky

    I guess anything goes for Nancy Pelosi and her croonies. So therefore
    it's time for them to go .. Let's get them out as soon as we can.
    She is a spendthrift of the worst kind with our money and she doesn't give a damn.

    It's time to show her we don't care about her either and get her out of office.

    Nancy Ladisky
    Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  147. To Ron M, fm agarwal, mi

    Bush did take some hard decisions and succeeded in recovering economy to a large extent. We had decent unemployment numbers. Well there is always someone want more, but he did take an unprecedented stand.

    Without Bush we still be running for cover here inside of USA what Bill Clinton did after 1993 WTC attacks. Bush being not a very public person made mistake of not selling his work as Obama guy is doing. Obama is only selling himself to the people while Bush took hard decisions without worrying about his personal image.

    That is way we needed a moderate with while hair in Washington. One who did not have a party agenda and has had a serious history of being a moderate. We met with a gust of hatred instead and swarm of emotions to change everything, even the good from the past.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:59 pm |