Joe Scarborough: Congress Negligent in Dealing with Debt

Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 02:39 PM

By Dan Weil

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Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” is distressed with how both parties in Congress are failing to truly deal with the government’s exploding debt burden.

Even Europe’s doing better than we are, the former GOP Florida congressman writes on Politico.

“At least European governments are trying something, anything, to stem the debt crisis,” he says. “Stateside, today's events in Congress show just how ill-equipped our government is to face the coming storm.”

President Barack Obama pushed for the Democrat-led Senate to vote on the Buffett rule that would increase taxes for many millionaires. “The president always knew the rule was more gimmick than economic panacea,” Scarborough writes.

“He also knew it would never pass out of the least productive Senate in 20 years.”

But Republicans don’t escape the commentator’s wrath either. He blasts the House GOP effort to hold a vote on a tax cut for businesses with less than 500 employees. “Like the Buffett rule, the Eric Cantor-backed tax cut has no chance of passing both chambers and ending up on the president's desk.”

It’s all simply about politics, Scarborough writes. “With all the game playing that is going on inside the Beltway, it is fair for voters to ask whether any adults are left working in a town that is always concerned with winning the next election rather than the new century.”


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