John King, USA

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August 2nd, 2011
08:04 AM ET

Debt: View from the left and right

Republican Rep. Allen West and Sen. Sherrod Brown discuss the debt ceiling bill after it passes in the House.


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  1. decisonmaker@verdict

    Congress woman Giffords appearance in the house (with all due respects to her), apparently was what the "children" in the US Congress could eventually identify with because she was "one of their own". They could not identify with the american voters who had been consistently asking them to "pass this bill". This shows how disconnected Congress is from their constituents' real needs. They cannot identify with the voters' needs because we are not "one of their own". It occured to them that it could have easily been one of them in the congress woman's shoes. That was what moved them...............love of self.........and not love of country.......SHAME!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  2. Joan

    So I guess congratulations are in order for the Tea Party since their supporters and many in the media are saying that they were the winners in the debt ceiling debate. I guess they did win at combining the debt ceiling with spending cuts and they have certainly raised the debate about cutting the deficit. Also they did get some spending cuts although they had to relinquish any cuts to entitlements to balance out no revenue. They also accomplished a lot of other things. By holding the whole process hostage in order to get their way, they focussed the spotlight around the world on the American government system and made it look foolish and dysfunctional. No-one can understand how a group of extremists should be able to hold their own party up to such ridicule. They exposed John Boehner as just a figure head and a puppet with them pulling the strings. He had to kiss their feet to get his own deal passed. They also caused such fear and non-confidence in the US government that it spilled over to the stock markets and Wall Street had its worst stretch in years. Billions of dollars have been lost thanks to their antics. The debate also showed the strengths, or lack of, for most of the Republican presidential candidates. None of them looked competent enough for the job. If you listened to the media around the world you definitely knew that they realized where the blame for the whole mess lay. US polls kept saying that 70-80 % felt the Congress was acting foolishly and put the blame on both parties equally. No way. Everyone knows that 80% of the blame is at the feet of the Tea Party. They took control of the House last year promising to create jobs, jobs, jobs and turn the economy around. Well, for President Obama's first couple of years the economy was gradually turning around, a depression was averted, the stock markets were gaining and although job growth was slow , at least they weren't losing 700,000 per month as they did during the last of the Bush era. Since the Republicans got their majority last fall, the economy has been starting to slide again, the stock market is crashing and confidence is at a new low. So much for their tax cuts and spending cuts making things better. The ball is in their court now. They got in last year promising jobs and a prosperous economy and let's see how they do. Right now it looks litke they are doing just the opposite. Maybe that is what they meant when they said they wanted President Obama to fail but taking down their country too just isn't right. Most in the media seem afraid to tell the truth about this whole mess and I really give Fareed Zakira a lot of credit for telling it like it is. He is the most credible and responsible analyst on CNN.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm |