Whose fault is in anyway?
Today something huge happened. The congressional super committee failed reach an agreement. What does this mean and whose fault is it anyway?
Since the news broke this afternoon politicians have been pointing the finger at everyone but themselves. They were appointed to do a duty but no one was willing to compromise. If no ones willing to compromise then, it’s everyone’s fault. The republicans weren’t willing to compromise on tax revenue and the democrats were unwilling to compromise entitlement programs such as social security and medicare. When you look at what the two sides are defending it seems rather obvious who’s to blame but, there’s another problem.
Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, had a majority of republicans sign ATR’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”. Anyone who signed this pledge promised to “oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” Grover was the thirteenth member of congressional super committee and was the ultimate downfall of the super committee. I don’t believe that the republicans of the committee were totally opposed to raising taxes on America’s most wealthy but, because they had signed that pledge they were forced to uphold their agreement. Even if the republicans were willing to compromise they wouldn’t have been able to compromise because they signed that pledge.
And if they had broken that pledge, what else would they have broken? They might have broken peoples trust, as if anyone trust them though. They might have broken their community’s trust. And who knows if they might have gone on to break many more things.
There’s plenty of people to blame for the fail of the super committee. In my opinion it failed because the idiocy, incompetency and, unwillingness to remain open minded by the republicans who signed the pledge,but most of the blame falls on the shoulders of the man who presented the pledge, Grover Norquist. The killer of democracy.