‘This Is A Bad Bill That Made A Bad Situation Worse’ (Fiscal Cliff Analysis Heard On…?)

MSNBC is not exactly the place you would expect to hear agreement on this statement about the Fiscal Cliff bill that President Obama will sign into law: “This is a bad bill that made a bad situation worse.”

Image: Screen capture from MSNBC

Those were the words from Richard Haass on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” heard early on Wednesday morning. Oddly, there was virtually no disagreement with that statement. Haass, a career diplomat and the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, also went deeper on his criticism of the bill:

“You’ve got to ultimately deal with entitlements, this did nothing. You’ve got to deal with economic growth, this did nothing. The only thing it did was avoided sending a signal that we really are reckless and out of control.”

The rest of the nearly 25-minute segment also included:

  • Questions about John Boehner’s chances to retain his position as House speaker (deemed very likely).
  • Senator Harry Reid’s inability to accomplish anything of substance.
  • Senator Mitch McConnell’s quiet statesmanship that is credited with pushing the bill through the Senate.
  • And a salute to the Bush Tax Cuts, once reviled, now permanent for 99% of America.

See the full segment (the still frame shot is the same, this is the complete segment):