Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, described the failure of the supercommittee as a “damning indictment of Washington’s inability to govern” and blamed Obama for the breakdown of the debt talks.
“It’s the chief executive’s job to bring people together and to provide leadership in difficult situations. I don’t see that happening,” Bloomberg, the former Democrat and Republican who is now an Independent, told reporters.
“The failure of the committee will mean that thousands of jobs that would have been created will just go without being created. And thousands of men and women who would have gotten back to work will remain unemployed.”
He had also accused Congress of “political cowardice” for helping bring about a “disaster for the country” but the former the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned- Independent reserved his strongest words for Barack Obama.
“The executive branch must do more than submit a plan to a committee – and then step aside and hope the committee members take action. That’s not how any CEO would run a business.”
“It’s not how landmark pieces of legislation have gotten through Congress. Tough problems require determined, forceful and bold leadership – and real action,” he added.
Bloomberg’s accusations could have some kind of consequences. His words could cause talks about whether he could mount a third-party bid for the White House. Mr. Bloomberg has made no preliminary moves to indicate that he is ready for such a step and has repeatedly said that a “short, divorced, Jewish billionaire” would have no chance.
A recent poll held by NBC and The Wall Street Journal showed that Bloomberg would possibly get 13 per cent support in next election while Ron Paul, a Republican who is competing for his party’s nomination but ran as a Libertarian in 1988, would attract 18 per cent as an Independent.
A three-way contest would almost certainly help Obama be re-elected. If Roh Paul ran against Obama and Romney, the poll showed that the president would be re-elected by 12-point margin.
During his campaign in New Hampshire Romney said: “I would have anticipated the president of the United States would have spent every day and many nights working with the members of the super-committee to find a way to bridge the gap. Instead, he’s been out doing other things, campaigning, blaming and travelling. This in my view is inexcusable.”
Another democrat, Andrew Cuomo, who has backed Obama’s reelection effort, protected the President, voicing his displeasure over the supercommittee’s inaction — and its impact on New York.
“You can have an argument that this was a legislative responsibility, and they even told the President, ‘Stay away from it,’ ” Cuomo said.
Political experts are not surprised that Cuomo and Bloomberg had different points of view.
“Mike Bloomberg is the independent, and Andrew Cuomo is trying to make sure he can keep his Democratic credentials intact,” said Democratic operative, Hank Sheinkopf.
However, the White House has refused the president’s engagement with the supercommitte.
“A president’s job is to lay out a plan and then rally the country to that plan,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House’s spokesman.
“This president has done exactly that. He put forward a detailed, balanced, $3 trillion deficit reduction plan, and overwhelming majorities of Americans support his approach. But if at the end of the day, the other party decides that adhering to rigid ideological dogmas is more important than what the American people want, that’s their choice to make.” [Via The Telegraph and ABCNews]