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Updated on November 9, 2011

It must be a high one.

The special committee, set up by the United States Congress to deal with the nation's deficit, is stalled, with its members of 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans at loggerheads.

Presumably, they are not aware that the deadline of Nov. 23rd, 2011 for them to reach an agreement is fast approaching, and that they are to do whatever it takes to resolve the problem.

Otherwise, the automatic cuts will be in effect, and that can devastate the entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as nobody knows how disproportionately they will be affected. The U.S. military will suffer the same consequences, which will not be necessary, in the interest of National security.

The idea is to have the cuts on the entitlement programs to be minimal or reasonable, and tax hikes will then be applied to make up for the balance of the targeted amount of $1.2 trillion dollars.

Yet, there is the long existed stalemate, in which the Republican members of the committee will not allow any tax increases to pass; and the Democrats are resisting that there must be tax increases. For if the Republican demand is going to stand, the proposed cuts will be made only on the entitlement programs, and that will cause senior citizens to shell out more money to cover their health care needs, with respect to Medicare.

As Medicare goes, so will Medicaid, as the cover for public health services will be limited for the poor, the needy and the disadvantaged; and that is also something the Democratic members will not permit to happen; hence, the stand off between the two factions.

If members of Congress love their constituents and enjoy their work, they will do what is best for them. That will mean the Super Committee members will have to come to an agreement before the due date.

Breaking the impasse at the Super Committee meeting is what the people want; they expect harmony and cooperation among the members that are representing them in the august body, which is called the U.S. Congress; and not the disagreements, controversies, deadlocks, gridlocks and the rest of the obstacles that are impeding the progress of Congress itself and that of the nation.

Super Committee, get going; get the job done.


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