Supercommittee failure could trigger US credit downgrade, economists warn


Economists are warning of dire consequences if US politicians fail to make progress this weekend in tense talks aimed at reducing America's massive deficit ahead of a Wednesday deadline.

The bi-partisan congressional super-committee is charged with drawing up plans for a $1.2tn reduction in the nation's deficit by the middle of next week. Failure to do so will trigger an automatic "sequester" that will make cuts of that size to defence and social welfare programmes starting in 2013. But the two sides seem far from finding a solution after clashing over tax revenues.

While Wednesday is the official deadline for the supercommittee to report back, it has until Monday to tell the Congressional Budget Office about the impact any plan they send to Congress will have on the budget.

"Time is running out. What I can say is we are leaving no stone unturned, negotiations continue and we are looking to find a way. We recognise what's at stake and we're hoping to reach an agreement," Democrat committee member Chris Van Hollen told CNN Friday.

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FightTheGoodFight's analysis:
It looks like the economic collapse will be engineered from within the halls of power.

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FightTheGoodFight
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THIS JUST IN:

The "Super-Committee" has failed to reach a debt deal.
http://www2.wsav.com/news/2011/nov/21/super-committee-fails-reach-deal-r...

Its not even monday and the ALREADY said "NO." Is anyone surprised? No, not really. I think its an engineered inside job to collapse the economy. This will have repercussions... I'm not gonna go out on a limb but I think they knew this would be most effective during the consumer "holiday" season. Black Friday could be a very dark day for America onward....

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