Monthly Archives: November 2011

Weekly Quiz: Test Yourself on this Week’s Events

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Weekly Poll: Your Opinion on Super Committee

As the congressional super committee has failed to cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion many are concern that automatic spending cuts will be harmful to both domestic and defense programs. What do you think?

Indecision 2012 – No Really, They Can’t Decide

The media declares Newt Gingrich the Republican front-runner, which means they’ll soon be revealing new reasons for why he sucks.

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The Not So Super Duper Committee

The 12 member joint-committee formed by the Budget Control Act of 2011(BCA) to reduce federal budget deficits by $1.2 trillion, commonly referred to as the “super committee,” has revealed itself to be a complete and utter failure today.

The Budget Control Act gave the “super committee” a significant amount of authority in attempt to circumvent the gridlock and entrenched partisanship that has solidified in congress since the midterm election of 2010. The joint-committee assignments consist of six Republicans and six Democrats will have until Nov. 23 to develop a plan to reduce the budget deficit to avoid significant automatic-spending cuts to both discretionary spending and defense. The overall idea of the super committee was simple, If at least seven of the 12 members agree to a bill, both houses of Congress must vote on the bill with just a simple majority. No filibustering by senators and no amending allowed in either the House or Senate.

Nevertheless, partisanship has revealed the super committee to be as broken as the American government. Clay Bennett depicts the situation perfectly with his political cartoon posted on his blog with timesfreepress.com.  What does it say about the American political process when a congress within a congress must be established to force elected legislators into action? What does it say about the American political process when 12 members of congress are completely unable and unwilling to pass legislation necessary for the countries economic survival?

–TERRANCE MULLINS

Weekly Quiz: Test Yourself on this Week’s Events

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Weekly Poll: Your Opinion on Occupy Wall Street

Over two months ago Occupy Wall Street movement began to raise public awareness to the growing economic inequality, particularly the gap between the rich and poor. Today some think the movement is no longer relevant. What do you think?

The Word – The 1%

Congress takes for granted American troops’ willingness to make greater sacrifices than the rest of society.

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