On Monday, the congressional super committee announced that it had failed to reach an agreement. In his typical kneejerk fashion, President Obama blamed Republicans. He said, "Despite the broad agreement that exists for such an approach, there are still too many Republicans in Congress that have refused to listen to the voices of reason and compromise that are coming from outside of Washington." In Obamaland, the only voice of reason is his.
Parroting the president, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that "Democrats 'were prepared to strike a grand bargain that would make painful cuts while asking millionaires to pay their fair share, and we put our willingness on paper,' but Republicans 'never came close to meeting us halfway.'" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed the Democrats. He said, "Democrats would not accept any proposal that did not expand the size and scope of government or punish job creation.
From the president's perspective and from the perspective of Democrats in Congress, the tax issue is a "fairness" issue. I agree. In 2010, 51% of Americans paid no federal income taxes. That's not fair. In 2009, "the top 10 percent of earners in the United States paid about 73 percent of federal income taxes, and about 47 percent of our fellow citizens paid no federal income taxes." That's not fair either. Mitt Romney blamed President Obama. He said, "It is another example of failed leadership. He [President Obama] has not taken personal responsibility to get the super committee to find ways to balance the budget and cut spending. Instead he set a trap and said we are going to cut military spending by $600 billion over the next 10 years." Newt Gingrich said that the super committee's failure is "good for America."
Judging by the facts, Mitch McConnell is right, and so are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Our president and his loyalists in the Democratic Party have a warped perspective of "fairness." The only sensible solution is to vote them out of office because they are too set in their ways to change.
Neil Snyder is a chaired professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. His blog, SnyderTalk.com, is posted daily. His latest book is titled If You Voted for Obama in 2008 to Prove You're Not a Racist, You Need to Vote for Someone Else in 2012 to Prove You're Not an Idiot.