Failure, Blessed Failure!

A few decades ago, I arrived at Niagara Falls on the very day that a scene was being filmed for an early Superman movie. First they filmed a dummy of Superman plunging into the Falls (supposedly to save a kid). Then they filmed another dummy “flying” out of the Falls with the “kid,” lifted on a stout cable over a pulley arrangement, pulled not by machines, but by a couple dozen strong people.

They had great difficulty with the second part, and repeated the action many times.

Congress is a bit like that film crew, except they have only a dozen people no stronger than most members of Congress. Throwing the economy into the tank was the easy part, accomplished mostly by Republicans during the Bush administration.

The Super Committee attempted the hard part: pulling the Super Economy out of the Super Falls. Of course it didn’t happen; it was never supposed to happen. You knew from Day 1 that if Republicans didn’t strangle the process, Democrats would do their own damage.

So… the default kicks in, right? Severe cuts to both entitlement programs and defense budgets, right?

If you believe that, I have a bridge I want to sell you. It’s in Brooklyn, the same one recently #Occupied…

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  • upyernoz  On Monday November 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

    if only the supercommittee had CGI…

  • Bryan  On Monday November 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    If only they had IQs.

  • Steve  On Monday November 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Gentlemen both, you have me ROTFL!

    The Super Committee may have powers of dubious constitutional authenticity, but from the very beginning, the chances that they could agree on anything and actually use those powers (for good or ill) was nil. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

    The Super Committee is just another of the circuses for the masses. It was never intended to solve any debt- or budget-related problems, because the MOTU do not want those problems solved. Today’s announcement was sadly predictable, and that only if any of you are still capable of sadness about such things. Me, I’m wrung out.

  • karmanot  On Monday November 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Same here. From the very first hearing of the ‘Super Committee’ I remembered faculty meetings and the intense business of extracted nonsense.

  • Steve  On Monday November 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I did see one heartening thing today… the video in which UC Davis students, a hundred or two of ’em, shunned the Chancellor as she walked to her car. The silence was complete… and spoke volumes about their disapproval of her refusal to condemn John Pike’s gratuitous use of pepper spray on seated student demonstrators. (That, too, was a powerful video, but it made me so angry I was glad I wasn’t there. #Occupy participants generally handle those things better than I would in their place.)

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