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Gingrich: Super Committee Failure 'Good for America'

Liberal bloggers pretty happy about it, too
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2011 12:36 PM CST
Newt Gingrich: Super Committee Failure 'Good for America'
Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a rally at the Jacksonville Landing, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla.   (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich certainly isn’t mourning the super committee’s super failure, calling it “good for America” this morning, Politico reports. Gingrich, a longtime critic of the panel, said the “gridlock” in Washington is “partly the president's fault, it's partly the Congress' fault, but it's a mess.” The former House speaker adds that he was able to push through balanced budget and welfare reform legislation in the 1990s even with a Democratic president.

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Gingrich isn’t the only one cheering the super committee’s collapse; many liberal bloggers are praising it as well. Writes one, “It’s not entirely clear that we could get a better deal out of the super committee than the automatic cuts.” Others were relieved that the absence of a deal means that Medicare and Social Security are relatively safe, and that taxes won’t be raised on poorer Americans. Click to see what's next for Washington. (Read more super committee stories.)

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