Fears That Super Committee Talks Have Broken Down
Reports: Lawmakers remain far from deficit deal
- Duration 5:32
- Date Nov 10, 2011
Reports: Lawmakers remain far from deficit deal
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We'll with just two weeks left -- to agree on a deficit reduction plan new reports that the so called super committee.
Is actually pretty far from a deal as we need this morning.
Republican senator Jim -- says he is afraid that the talks have broken down.
And he is the chairman of the senate conservatives fund exhausted -- -- -- us that this Christmas tree tax this morning so welcome senator good to have you here today.
Thank you Martha good be with him.
You know they have been somewhat tight lipped -- we're starting to hear some things that are coming out of this super committee and and the word is.
Pat Toomey senator Pat -- put forward a deal that would have caught.
One point five trillion and even offered from the Republican side.
A revenue tax and revenue increase of 300 billion dollars but that deal it is a -- Well.
Senator -- in the end though is gone well beyond his comfort zone in mind to try to work something out.
But what appears to be happening is the Democrats want to take another trillion dollars.
From hardworking American taxpayers and bring it into the government rather than.
Going through the list of hundreds of wasteful programs.
For programs filled with fraud and duplication.
They're not willing to cut any program more so we've we really at at an impasse and it sounds like the Democrats have walked away from the table.
And -- Republicans -- to over a trillion dollars in new taxes.
And they won't agree to give us any real tax reform so.
I'm not sure what the truth is at this point.
But it was a bad idea in the first place to go behind closed doors with the Democrats and allowed the president to find.
When it was Republicans really believed then.
So I'm worried about how this thing is gonna turn.
Asking you know it's interesting because -- John Kerry and Patty Murray apparently said they don't like the way.
That they got to that number they like the way that the Republicans raise the revenue that they raised in this deal.
And as you say it -- there doesn't seem to be any interest in all the talk we -- we have the midterm elections.
About really cutting spending and government waste and yet.
It sounds like none of that is happening in his meetings for the super committee.
-- felt we don't really have a tax problem we have a spending problem we're still spending more now than we did last year.
We passed spending bills last week to spend more next year than we did this year.
-- so we want deal with the spending the general accounting office has given us a list of hundreds of programs.
Then -- full of -- they duplicate each there's there's no reason we can't go through these and if we turn.
Welfare back to 2007 spending levels we could save.
Almost two and a half trillion dollars over the next ten years so this spending cuts or available without hurting people.
Well -- -- husband -- you know it it it seems like we're starting to get some words that sound like we're gonna kick the can down the road again to use of a very overused phrase there's talk -- all the deadline -- -- really the deadline and I think people are so sick of hearing that.
We get these deadlines and we know that CBO has to have these numbers well before.
Thanksgiving in order to to score this thing so it is this going to be just pushed down the road again this whole issue after all -- I'm worried about that the case when when the Democrats say that balancing the budget is an extreme idea.
You don't have to think too hard to understand that they plan to keep spending more than we're bringing an end.
And frankly -- you have a story about the Fulton and Alabama at the municipal level.
If you add up our municipal state and federal debt we're worse off than Europe is right now.
So it took several elections to get us in this whole we made some progress in 2010.
-- 2012 Martha is our last chance to turn this thing around we need some new people in Washington who are willing to make the hard decisions to cut spending.
Well I you know when you talk about cutting cutting spending and -- -- Places do stories on these crazy named things that -- you know all sorts of squirrels and I don't I'll I'll -- has the crazy things that the latest one that we're hearing.
Is the Christmas tree promotion board.
And as you point at Lal unaware that Christmas trees needed and image improvement program but it -- it that's what this is tell us about it.
-- that this is they just one of sort of thing after another we can't really name them all but this is another example.
The the president wanting to get the government in the more a business.
And we're gonna charge for taxes on Christmas trees so they can start another government agency to promote Christmas trees.
We don't need to do that at the federal level we can't even afford to do what we're already doing and and another tax to something and say we're gonna create a promotion agency.
It just makes you -- -- pull your hair out Americans have got to get engaged and realize how crazy this government is out out of control.
We've got to change the people who are in Washington in 2012.
We'll be the administration is saying that this didn't come from them I is -- USDA program and it has been backed off -- -- Now it sounds like it's not gonna happen in time for this Christmas it would about a fifteen cents on every Christmas tree.
My Christmas tree in the nation.
Is it sounds at the back and.
This is this is -- agency -- -- he's trying to say he's not responsible for any thing and take credit for things he has nothing to do with.
This president needs to stand up and leave and he is really making things worse almost every day here in Washington.
I want to my own promotion for the live Christmas -- people that I like a lot Christmas to myself but that's decided -- and that's independent.
Senator demand always -- -- talk -- you thank you very much thank you and me.