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Supercommittee fails to meet already-low expectations

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It’s all over but the shoutin’ for the supercommittee. Negotiations broke down over the weekend with the parties hopelessly divided over taxes, dooming any chance at finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction. Members resorted to pointing fingers at one another on talk shows yesterday, and the only discussions still going on are how to break the bad news to the American people.

Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman put it perfectly in a tweet Saturday: “Super Committee is apparently one of those newfangled indie comic books where the heroes think they have powers but don’t.”

This will mean — theoretically, at least — that $1.2 trillion must be cut from the federal budget under a process known as “sequestration.” Federal Times would like to hear from you about what this will mean for you and your agency. Are you already making plans for sequestration? What discussions have been going on in your budget offices? Are you being told to scale back your hiring in anticipation of the steep budget cuts? E-mail us at slosey@federaltimes.com or sreilly@federaltimes.com. If you’d like to stay anonymous, that’s fine.

Even for a committee that nobody really expected would work, it’s an ignominious end. Perhaps when they finally throw in the towel, the supercommittee should play this sound:

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  1. Robert Benson Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Maybe this is over-simplifying, but it looks to me like the committee has chosen party over country; they have shown us they care more about their individual ideologies than they care about the United States.

    Very sad, for all of us.

  2. Mia Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    This congress is the biggest joke ever. I would laugh at this if it wasn’t so sickening. Corruption is running rampant on both sides of the aisle. All they care about is special interests and politics. Apparently it’s to hell with the people who actually put them in office.

  3. Jimmy Says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Fore fathers warned us about this. These clowns are the enemy within. Time to take our own country back. These liars and crooks must be removed from office now. Wash DC is in need of an enema. Begin Recall efforts now. Put aside our petty differences and flush this………out the door.

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