Good afternoon. Here’s a glance at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Supercommittee failure: Editorial
We comment on the failure of the bipartisan congressional supercommittee charged with sorting out a solution to reduce the federal deficit. The group, which included equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans, failed to reach consensus in order to reach a Wednesday deadline. We write:
Well, of course Congress’ “supercommittee” on the budget deficit fell flat on its face; it was never really super, as in able to bridge our philosophical divide on public policy, most notably on taxes and spending. The voters haven’t cracked that nut either, not in a way that allows Washington to accomplish much. Moreover, the not-so-super committee members, the full Congress and the White House continue to suffer a failure of imagination. Somehow, warning of ordinary calamity as the price of failure — that is, the automatic, across-the-board cuts to follow in the absence of thoughtful, bipartisan accord — has produced mere shrugs and yawns, notwithstanding the exhortations of the Occupy Wall Street crowd. …
Westchester County government: Reisman
Phil Reisman takes his Tuesday cue from the Westchester County Board of Legislators’ web site, where Chairman Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, praises Raymond L. Perrineau III, a Department of Social Serivces who’s come up with a plan to save the county $5 million.