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Dear Mark: As expected, the congressional supercommittee failed to reach any kind of agreement to cut the national debt by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The inaction by these congressmen and senators is a national embarrassment. Now that they have failed, automatic cuts of $500 billion will kick in for the Defense Department as well as Medicare. Is there a possibility of preventing these draconian cuts before they weaken our country even more? — Tight Wad in Tennessee

Dear Tight: Fortunately, the automatic cuts can be prevented if Congress will do the job they are paid to do, which is run our country with fiscal integrity. The $1.2 trillion in cuts over 10 years barely amounts to a 3 percent drop in spending. Who couldn't find 3 percent to cut in that bloated budget? Apparently the 12 members of Congress on the supercommittee. Heck, Sen. John Kerry probably thinks a spending cut is what he pays his barber each week.

The defense and Medicare cuts don't go into effect until 2013, so there's plenty of time as long as Congress puts aside partisan bickering, objectively examines the federal budget and passes the appropriate legislation. Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt.

What I found most appalling about the process was President Obama's response to the committee's failure. Instead of exhibiting leadership, he once again played the blame game by pointing fingers at Congress, specifically Republicans, for the failure. Running down Congress might be a good re-election strategy, but it does not lead the country out of a financial crisis.

The president would be wise to review his political science to learn how our government is structured. It's true that we have three branches, but it's still only one government, and Barack Obama is head of the executive branch that leads said government.

We would find it unacceptable if a football coach blamed his players for a loss without first examining his role, and we should hold our nation's leader to that same standard. Obama acts as if he is above the national debt fray when in fact one of his responsibilities as president is to bring opposing sides together to facilitate solutions.

Not only did Obama play the blame game during his remarks, but he also lied when he said Republicans didn't present any plans during the supercommittee negotiations.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania proposed a plan that closed tax loopholes resulting in almost $300 billion in increased revenue to the treasury. But that wasn't good enough for Democrats, who don't really want to see federal revenue increased as much as they want to see the rich get screwed by increasing their tax rates. "Tax the Rich" makes an easy bumper sticker during an election year.

Dear Mark: There is a push to have President Obama not seek re-election in 2012 and swap Hillary Clinton as the Democrat nominee. Could this possibly be true? — Curious George in Georgia

Dear Curious: As much fun as that premise would make my job, I'm afraid the "Hillary for Barack" scenario is false. Democrats Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen penned an editorial suggesting this swap could lead to Democrat victory in 2012, but both Obama and Clinton have adamantly denied this story.

It was also rumored that as governor, Bill Clinton once offered to swap Hillary for a dancing girl and a free barbeque dinner at a Little Rock nightclub, but that obviously didn't pan out, either.

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