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Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Debt Ceiling Deal

Unofficial seal of the United States CongressImage via WikipediaThe American political system was put to the test during the recent debt ceiling crisis. This crisis exposed to the entire world the willingness of some American Republicans (Tea Party) to bring the world to the brink of financial disaster by defaulting on government bonds and other government commitments in order to avoid eliminating the Bush tax cuts or any form of increased taxation for the rich which would have provided a balanced approach to deficit-reduction.

The Deal,in summary form , over the next decade increases the debt ceiling by $900 billion along with spending cuts of $917 billion for a net $17 million. $1.5 trillion in further deficit reductions must be approved by Congress before December 23rd. These reductions are to come from a 12-member congressional committee, equally composed of Republicans and Democrats. However, there will be a similar-sized increase in the debt ceiling. If the committee fails to reach agreement or its proposal is rejected, $1.2 trillion in spending cuts will be triggered.

Let’s look at the reality, the likelihood of the committee of 12 Republicans and Democrats coming up with a deal that will be supported by both parties is almost nonexistent. The Republicans will remain adamant against any tax increases and the Democrats will protect their social programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. All that has really happened is a possible two year delay before the debt ceiling war is renewed. The American political system remains as partisan and dysfunctional as before this crisis began
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