Baucus & Fellow Dems on Super Committee Threaten us with “The Results Americans Deserve”


In a dark opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, Senators Max Baucus, Patty Murray and John Kerry invoked the specter of a failing America in their opening salvo as the next chapter of right wing hostage taking shapes up:

“…No one has ever gone into a debate pledging that China and India should own this economic century because we can’t make our democracy work here at home.”

But here we are with exactly that scenario. America is in decline as the international economic juggernaut after having ruled most of the last century. Yet there are three emerging economies–China, India and Brazil–that are ascendant, and together will outcompete America for strategic resources like oil, minerals and intellectual competence.

Yet three democrat senators invoke rhetoric intended to harken back to the good ole Clinton days that “allow us to continue shining bright in the world.” This is all so eerily similar to Baucus’ irrelevant call for bipartisanship in the health care fights two years ago, where he irrationally thought he could get 80 votes for his health care plan. Today’s political landscape is even more polarized, yet Max and his two dem cohorts think that they will succeed this time around? It’s delusional thinking.

The committee further invokes the confidence fairies in thinking that if somehow they were to strike the appropriate deal with a “balanced plan” with “shared sacrifices” that we can go on our exceptionally American merry way:

“Trillions of dollars in private capital are sitting on the sidelines because businesses are not yet confident enough in our economy or in their lawmakers to invest in the future. These families and businesses are demanding that this new committee work together to overcome the partisanship and brinksmanship of recent months and put our fiscal house in order.”

Put aside for the moment the fact that polls overwhelmingly point to the public’s dissatisfaction with jobs and the economy, and not the deficit and spending cuts as priority numero uno.

The problem is that no one believes that the right wants to compromise, and that dems have no plan to get them to compromise. And that democrats will enter this next round of hostage taking having made all the concessions as they enter into negotiations. And that the right will again engage in brinksmanship to take the Super Committee to the brink of disaster in order to impose their way — as john Boehner so artfully put it, “the 98% solution”. It is against republican’s strategy to let the confidence fairies do their work.

If there is anything that the S&P downgrade taught us is that republican intransigence is succeeding, and they will be encouraged to continue on with their strategy to regain power. And politicians like Max Baucus are playing right along into the trap.

If the confidence fairies need to be invoked to end this country’s economic downfall, then this opinion piece indicates that they will fail, and the country will wallow its way into the 2012 elections with unemployment above 9%. That’s 4 years of Americans being rendered into unproductive drags on the economy in an all-out attempt by the right to wield the economy hostage in order to impose their ideology and retake the White House.

We have entered into an era of civil war — between the ideology of the right and its corporate sponsors, and the majority of Americans who just want to get on with a productive and meaningful life, live and let live — that is being fought by proxy in Congress. While mostly bloodless and bulletless, there is a huge toll being taken on the poor, the unemployed, and those without the economic resources or clout to wield any political power. And those people are losing this 21st century civil war. Who will stand up for them? Not the dem senators on the Super Committee who seem  to have their priorities mixed up from the get-go:

We know that our goal is to reduce spending. But we also know that America faces not just a budget deficit but also a jobs deficit. Nobody on this committee would be happy if we reduced the budget deficit but even more Americans end up losing their jobs.”

Well, we already know that dems will walk away from this battle bloodied and unhappy. Or that their happiness will be feigned from having averted another manufactured crisis like the debt ceiling fight. The goal should be putting people back to work. Anybody who has been through Econ 101 first and foremost knows that the ability of a country to pay its bills rests on having a fully employed work force. Debt and deficit reduction should begin with a focus on jobs, not on appeasing the mythical “confidence fairies.”

The simple fact is this: if we were to get unemployment down to 5%, and let the Bush/Obama tax breaks for the rich to expire, and get out of the wars now, there would be no debt and deficit crisis.

The right is holding this country hostage in order to exact its ideological agenda on the masses. And democrats like Baucus, Murray and Kerry seem to have fallen right into the trap.

Yes, we will get “the results Americans deserve.”

Update: The Wall Street Journal article has been moved behind the Journal’s paywall since I wrote this and quoted from it. It’s a sad commentary on the American media, and the state of economic affairs when a letter from 3 Senators commenting on their role shaping America’s future can only be seen by those wealthy enough to subscribe to the Journal.

Yes, we will get what we deserve, and unless we can pay for the privilege to read about what it is that we are going to get, we’ll only find out about it after the fact…

If anyone finds a link to a copy of the opinion piece, please post it in the comments…

Ok, I found a copy here.

  1. Turner

    It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion, isn’t it? Obama is signalling a more robust message, some sort of jobs program he can push but which won’t get passed. Nothing good is going to happen legislatively until, at the earliest, 2013.

    That’s assuming voters can get rid of the cuts-with-no-revenues crowd.

    Meanwhile, it would be a pleasant surprise to see Obama get to the left of the Democratic senators on the committee. If he goes down actually fighting, he can win re-election.

  2. Ingemar Johansson

    DR. SEUSS 2011:
    I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his health care scam. I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their secret deals. I do not like ex-speaker Nan, I do not like their ‘YES, We Can.’ I do not like this spending spree, I’m smart, I know that nothing’s free. I do not like their smug replies when I complain about their lies. I do not like this kind of HOPE, I do not like it…nope, nope, nope!…..

  3. Escapee

    I keep waiting for the other shoe to fall… For someone to say That Obama and Baucus and Murray and the other faux Dems known what’s at stake and are fully aware of the consequences of their actions, and want those consequences and are happy with those consequences.

    I mean, honestly, given that our campaigns are professionally crafted by ad agencies, how hard is it to lie to get into office? These people could be lifelong members of witches’ covens and we would not know it. Why should be trust them for even a minute?

  4. Turner

    Looks like at least three people have climbed on their usual hobby-horses today.

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