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As Super Committee fails, Republicans rush to prevent defence cuts

The Super Committee, set up earlier this year to work out the details of $1tn+ cuts to the US budget, has failed. Although the deadline is Wednesday, the focus is now on how to present the failure in the best possible light. And for some Republicans, there’s another important fight: to prevent an automatic defence budget cut being triggered.

Measures are being prepared to try to ensure that the automatic $1.2tn cuts triggered by the Super Committee’s failure don’t harm the defence budget. Republicans want to see the cuts come from things like welfare and social security. In the Republican worldview, Americans might get poorer and sicker, but at least there’ll be a well-funded military industrial complex to protect them.

The real story here is the failure of the Super Committee, which was always kind of inevitable, and the impossible situation in Washington. Democrats and Republicans are so far apart, it seems they can no longer function as an effective government. Some people would perhaps say that’s a clear example of a failed state…

Discussion

2 thoughts on “As Super Committee fails, Republicans rush to prevent defence cuts

  1. and Obama rushes to Hawaii?

    psst. O did not want the Supercommittee to succeed. Watch, it will be central in his re-election campaign.

    Posted by Lunquist M. | November 21, 2011, 10:11 pm
  2. ‘In the Republican worldview, Americans might get poorer and sicker, but at least there’ll be a well-funded military industrial complex to protect them.’

    In Democrats world view, Americans might get richer and healthier, like the Greeks or Cubans. But at least there won’t be anyone left to protect them.

    Posted by Alan Quigleythe | November 22, 2011, 12:54 am

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