WHAT OTHERS SAY: Deficit reduction supercommittee is the best hope

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 10:12 a.m. CST; updated 11:17 a.m. CST, Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It might have been better if we hadn't tagged the group with the moniker "supercommittee."

The 12 members of Congress tasked with breaking the budget impasse with rational cuts and rational revenue increases isn't made up of superheroes. They are simply experienced lawmakers from both sides of the aisle with an important job and a tight deadline.

And it makes sense that the noise coming from outside the negotiating room is raucous and less than confident a solution will be reached. We must trust that the committee of 12 will get the work done.

They simply must.

This isn't Monopoly. This is real money tossed around the table. And the committee is talking in the trillions. Cuts and tax reform, and whether to raise the ire of the anti-tax crowd with possible increases — these are real-world problems, and at least most have to be solved by Nov. 23.

If it were easy, said member Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner would have gotten it done in the summer.

During the summer budget wars, the volume was sky high — every thrust and parry made headlines, along with the hair-trigger tempers and a tantrum or two. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was created in early August primarily to keep us out of sovereign default.

The supercommittee was created because of the debt ceiling crisis, but for its members, the work was just beginning. It was created equally from both Republicans and Democrats.

Done well, different points of view well-articulated and to listening ears result in the best solutions. Should the partisan bickering once again reach too high a level, solutions evaporate.

We have to keep the faith in the supercommittee, and the critics need to turn down the volume. This is our last best hope. It will be done.

Copyright Springfield News-Leader. Reprinted with permission.

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