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We can fix the ‘supercommittee’

Dr. Hahrie Han is the Knafel Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences at Wellesley College and specializes in the way citizens connect to politics. She is the author of Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics.

Congress has brought the country to the brink of disaster, yet again, and the American people are almost entirely fed up. Recent polls show that instituting communism in the United States is more popular than our democratically elected congressional leaders. How did we get to the point where Congress is less popular than the airline industry and the two parties are so gridlocked that keeping the lights on in government is a major accomplishment? More importantly, what will it take to break the cycle?

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The clock is ticking on the congressional “supercommittee” – a panel comprised of 6 Republicans and 6 Democrats charged with issuing a plan to balance the nation’s budget. The bipartisan gathering has, as of the writing of this piece, only six days until their deadline to submit such a plan. But how well can they, or anyone, innovate while the clock is ticking?
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The clock is ticking on the congressional “supercommittee” – a panel comprised of 6 Republicans and 6 Democrats charged with issuing a plan to balance the nation’s budget. The bipartisan gathering has, as of the writing of this piece, only six days until their deadline to submit such a plan. But how well can they, or anyone, innovate while the clock is ticking?

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What’s most disconcerting, particularly in light of the “supercommittee,” is that its 12 members are caught in a “Filter Bubble” of their own making. As a result, the most likely solution will be to split the difference, with one side accepting a reduction of the federal safety net, and the other side accepting some increase in federal tax revenues.
With all due respect to the members of the ”supercommittee,” this solution is less than Super.
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What’s most disconcerting, particularly in light of the “supercommittee,” is that its 12 members are caught in a “Filter Bubble” of their own making. As a result, the most likely solution will be to split the difference, with one side accepting a reduction of the federal safety net, and the other side accepting some increase in federal tax revenues.

With all due respect to the members of the ”supercommittee,” this solution is less than Super.

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