Undemocratic extra-legislative body comprised of Republicans and Democrats evenly divided is incapable of getting anything accomplished…just like the actual legislative body.
With a Thanksgiving deadline fast approaching, a powerful congressional panel devoted to debt reduction is running in rhetorical circles, unable to break the impasse over taxes that has long blocked aggressive action to tame the national debt.
And who could have anticipated the main hang-up would be the same thing as it has been every time before?
Democrats have argued that the trigger would force Republicans to the bargaining table over taxes because the automatic reductions would fall heavily on the Pentagon. But so far, that tactic has not worked. House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders have yet to show any appetite for significant tax hikes in advance of the 2012 election, when they hope to campaign against Democrats on the issue.
I did learn something from this article though, in Village parlance “significant” now means “any“.