BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kerry is blaming Republicans’ staunch opposition to taxes for the failure of a bipartisan congressional committee to come up with a deal to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports.

The Massachusetts Democrat who served on the 12-member super committee said he was deeply disappointed with the inability to reach an agreement by Monday’s deadline.

Kerry said Democrats on the committee proposed painful choices for programs they cared about deeply, but could not overcome Republican insistence on making tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans permanent.

Republicans faulted Democrats for refusing to agree to any meaningful deficit reduction without $1 trillion in tax increases.

Sen. Scott Brown also said he was disappointed.

The Massachusetts Republican said finger-pointing won’t solve the debt crisis and both parties have to work together.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Comments (24)
  1. massman says:

    He’s right. The GOP is an absolute joke, and could care less about helping this country.

    1. gramps says:

      The ‘lefties’ are like ‘screaming’ babies/infants being weaned from ‘Mothers Milk’…..well, ‘mummy’s couffers’ have dried up!

      Time to switch to ‘Cheerio’s’, start using your fingers & feed yourselves….

      Term limits, will free us from the likes of ‘Kerry’…


      1. Enough says:

        The Entitlement Mentality will never end in this Liberal country. Why work when you can just get handouts? Why feed yourself/family when someone else can feed you? The ones who legitimately need assistance usually can’t get it, while others learn how to play the system so they can live off permanent handouts.

      2. gramps says:

        Everybody, take 5, put your ‘pointing fingers’ in your pockets, this is how we got to wear we are today:

        After WW II, the US via the Marshall Plan, financed & rebuilt Europe….In doing so America placed a protective umbrella, through NATO, over those countries…

        Consequently those countries ‘didn’t’ have to invest in standing armies to protect themselves. They were able to direct those funds to things like ‘socialized medicine’, free college tuition, 4-6 weeks vacation in certain industries & a ‘Litany’ of other hand outs….Creating a ‘gimmiecrat, entitled’ mindset.

        Back home, since the mid-sixties, the advent of Lyndon’s ‘Great Society’, unfunded, consequiently the US has raised it’s debt limit 70+ times to pay for it….Think it through!

        It’s over, the $$’s ALL GONE, ‘both sides’ deal with it!….All financed, as an unintended consequence by the USA!

        I find it interesting that China & India are now owning & kicking our butt’s….51 babies are born every minute in India, probably a lot more in China. Do you think they’ll build ‘welfare states’ or build their economy’s?

        Could their succes be because we ‘didn’t’ help them?……..’YUP’……They helped themselves!

        & so it goes.


        Our ‘Great Society’ was funded by ‘CHINA’……Chicken fingers, anyone?

    2. NormanE3D says:

      No the joke is that we have an Manchurian Candidate in the White House where no vetting or background checks, whose arrogance and lack of leadership has crippled this country. I guess the joke is on us all by those stupid enough to drink the koolaid.

    3. abbey says:

      Yeah, sure…Kerry and ‘Terraaasa’s’ money is OUT OF THIS COUNTRY so it can’t be touched….just like the Kennedy’s they are all for taking others money, but we can’t touch theirs. Anybody who votes for Democrats has been sadly hoodwinked. THINK! Before you vote!!

    4. FireGuyFrank says:

      And the Democrats who refuse to listen to the GOP, Tea party, etc. don’t have any responsibilty here? Sorry, massman, it doesn’t work that way.

      Both are to blame.

  2. bp says:

    The GOP and the Dems are both at fault. Neither gives a rats behind about anything but their own interests. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    1. massman says:

      Wrong bp. Claiming Democrats are equally responsible, is ridiculous. The GOP is hell bent on destroying middle in working class America, in order to preserve ever increasing wealth, for the already wealthy.

      The “most significant block to our doing something right now, tomorrow,” said Kerry, “is their insistence, insistence, insistence on the Grover Norquist pledge and extending the Bush tax cuts. Now, we are not a tax-cutting committee. We’re a deficit-reduction committee.”

      1. garrut says:

        It is people like you, on both sides of the aisle, that are too eager to point the finger at the other rather then sit down and figure out what is best for the majority. That is why we are in the mess we are in.

      2. fred says:

        So the Dems are not for the wealthy. Let’s see, seven of the top ten richest people in congress are democrats, Wall Street gave more tmoney to the Democrat party in the last presidential election cycle, Kerry still has not paid his exicse tax on his yacht. Nancy Pelosi has enriched herself and her family in ways that if you or i did what she did we would be jailed like Martha Stuart for insider trading. Anyone who thinks that the Democrats are not as corrupt (if not more – see John “Ponzie Scheemer” Corzine) than the Republicans is just an extreme partisian and is not worthy of having a rational discussion with regarding the deficit. Anyone who thought that this commitee would get something done is delusional. With the likes of Patty Murray who’s earmarks are Murthinian, and John Kerry who’s never had an original idea in his life – this super commitee has been a sham right from the begining – it was designed to fail just to highlight the ineptitude of congress on both sides of the aisle. And it worked.

      3. Stanley11 says:

        Congrats massman…..2 moronic posts in one thread. At your pace, you will accomplish as much as the committee did.

      4. petem says:

        You can’t be serious. To suggest that someone who support the d side in this debate is ‘too eager to point the finger at the other rather then sit down and figure out what is best for the majority’ is patently absurd. All you have to do is look at what the Republicans have done(or not done) in both the House and the Senate to see where the obstruction is coming from. The R Senate leader stated, in Jan 2009 that his only job was to make Obama a one term president. What part of that is hard for you to understand?
        The Dems have been and are guilty of taking the same kinds of money and being overly influenced by lobbyists, but you cannot have a pulse and say you can’t see the game the Repubs are playing…

      5. blackbear1 says:

        Stanley11, way to go!!

      6. garrut says:

        Petem what is absurd is looking only at the GOP and not looking at what the Dems have done and not done. I am a moderate independent and I think that both the far right and far left. to be blunt suck. And to imply that it is the GOP is the only party playing games “you can’t see the game the Repubs are playing…” is what is absurd.

      7. petem says:

        name one thing, just one thing that the Repubs have done about their #1 campaign topic, jobs.

        I’ll check back later to see what you come up with…

  3. Willow says:

    Let’s face it folks, we’re in deep, deep trouble here. It would be difficult enough to implement a stradegy to bring down the deficit if a solution was found, but the parties can’t even agree on a resolution, so where does that leave this country? Finger pointing doesn’t resolve a thing, and doesn’t make one party look better then the other. I don’t know how our country will ever recover from such a deficit, but I do know that the two parties will never agree or compromise with each other. When I listen to the candidates that are running for election, I can’t help but wonder that this is the best America has to offer??

  4. andyme says:

    Willow, it certainly isn’t the current occupant of the wgite house, he was AWOLduring this whole process. The blame game, that’s the strategy of the Democrats. Even Chris Matthews is having trouble with BHO. One democrat said yesterday that the millionaires should be taxed at 60%, while 47% of Americans pay no taxes at all. Is 60% a realistice number, Canada is at 55%, and they come to America to get timely health care. Want somethig to go south, throught into committee, you need a leader to facitiltate the group and get it off top dead center, that is not BHO.

  5. Mark says:

    If this is his leadership style we dodged a bullet when he didn’t win his presidential bid. What a relief!!

  6. Smales says:

    This whining from a guy who based his yacht out of state to avoid Massachusetts taxes. This from a guy who lives off a woman who inherited her wealth. I suspect he has not exercised his right to send the IRS more than amount required on his return each year. Senator, have you no shame?

    Raising marginal tax rates never produces more revenue. Lowering marginal tax rates always creates more revenue. The so-called “wealthiest Americans”, which include him and his sugar mama, pay far more than their “fair share” of taxes, while a large percentage of the population pays little or nothing year after year. How ironic it is that they vote for people like the socialist senator.

  7. NormanE3D says:

    Kerry is a joke. They all are. It is time to clean house, These crooks only care about themselves and get rich from their inside trading, free travel and paybacks. To see Nancy Pelousi has made millions off this country is shameful, unethical and immoral and would be a crime if she wasn’t above the law as all congress is. Commrade Kerry has done nothing but play the game. To think I actually voted for that sham in 2004 is a low point as a voter, We need these clowns to go bye bye if we are ever to get out of this mess. Term limits and a third party is way to go.

    1. blackbear1 says:

      If anyone thinks I am going to sit here and be scolded by John Kerry, forget it!! This double talker is no position to attach blame on anyone.

  8. FireGuyFrank says:

    I’m sure Kerry was for it before he was against it…

    At this point the only thing that will solve this is the passage of time. The economy, like everything else on this planet, has a cycle. Will the upturn be enough to recover completely? Probably not. Strong businesses will manage to survive; strong governments will survive.

    At some point, we each will have to replace a car, an appliance, a house… That will stimulate the economy a little at a time. Who knows, in five or six years, we might be on the upswing.

    Then again, that presupposes that the US will be strong enough to survive. Right now, I find it ironic that this fall acorns are in extremely short supply for squirrels and chipmonks. Cycles.

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