By Jay Morris
I am at heart an optimistic person, so when I heard the plan for the debt super committee I really was upbeat about the outcome. I was optimistic about both side having the ability to work together to hammer out a deal. I thought they would come to a conclusion that was palatable, but not optimum for both sides.
My optimism was dashed yesterday, but I saw it coming for weeks. It had been three weeks since the last meeting of this super committee. Within that time I saw several of the major players on the Sunday talk shows, playing the blame game better than my thirteen and fourteen year old daughters do.
So instead of some form of compromise we get an Epic Fail! According to a press release from Congressmen Fred Upton: “I spent the last three months as one of 12 members who faced steep odds to find agreement, but who shared an understanding that our fiscal challenges cannot be ignored. I am bitterly disappointed that we were not able to find enough common ground to deliver the deficit reduction choices that Congress needs to make, but I am not deterred in my commitment to keep at it.” Fred was so disappointed that he was in the district Sunday for a fundraiser. More than likely he knew this committee was not going to have anything consensus, so why not raise some money.
The press release goes on to talk about “the folks in Michigan who have faced nearly three years of double-digit unemployment rates, but who persevere in seeking an economic comeback” It also talks about all of the constituents who called, wrote, and spoke to Fred “Sharing their hope for our success and their continued belief that leaders can come together for the country.
Unfortunately this moment of great opportunity has passed, many leaders did not lead, political parties were unable come together when they most needed to. I hold each party equally responsible for this epic fail.
Now we are left with the massive version of political spin, and the he said, she said blame game when we as the “the folks” just wanted a solution.