“We are slowly — and painfully — being forced to realize that we are no longer the America of our imaginations. Our greatness was not enshrined. Being a world leader is less about destiny than focused determination, and it is there that we have faltered.” America’s Exploding Pipe Dream, Charles Blow, New York Times, October 29, 2011
One can agree with most of what is said above except for one major point. Blow makes it sound like it is over. It is not over unless we believe it is over. What made our nation great is not its founders and it is not its constitution and rule of law; however, these were pillars on which this great country could be built.
“Led by President Obama, pressure is building on the new Congressional committee on deficit reduction to “go big” — beyond its mandate to shave as much as $1.5 trillion from budget shortfalls over 10 years — even as doubts remain about the panel’s ability to find enough bipartisan agreement to meet even the original goal.” New York Times, September 12, 2011
There is a push to have the Super Committee go for reducing the deficit from the original mandate of $1.5 trillion to $4 trillion.
Sarcastically speaking, maybe the Super Committee should become a new branch of the federal government The committee exist because the House, Senate and President is not able to do their jobs. Our representatives know something “big”, over the long run, must be done to overcome our budget problems; however, our current method of financing campaigns, by receiving “bribes” from large multinational companies, unions and oligopolies, prevents them from following through and making the right decisions.