WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO) – Congressman Fred Upton has issued his first statement on the failure of the Debt Reduction Super-committee to come up with an agreement to trim 1.2 trillion in spending over the next ten years. He calls its failure a bitter disappointment, but says he isn’t through looking for a solution. He says he doesn’t plan on focusing on the differences that divide congress, but looking for common ground. He says he wants to work on tax reform and reducing the rapidly escalating cost of health care. Upton and Dave Camp were the two Michigan congressmen who were appointed to the committee by their leadership. Despite predictions that Wall Street was prepared for the failure of the Super-committee, and that it would actually prefer the 1.2-trillion in automatic cuts that its failure would trigger, the Dow fell 248-points yesterday. Perhaps it was because of announcements by republicans that they plan to reverse certain parts of the automatic cuts, particularly the cuts at the Pentagon. President Obama says he will veto any attempt to circumvent the process. Senior Fellow David Kendall at Washington think tank The Third Way says the automatic cuts will mean a lot of governmental services we take for granted will become less efficient. A million people will face flight delays because of the elimination of 12-hundred flight controller jobs, and layoffs among TSA employees will mean that fewer bags are checked for bombs. He says it would also impact food inspections, likely resulting in thousands of additional cases of food poisoning. He says it could make a lot of the public services taxpayers depend on far less efficient. The President laid the blame for the failure of the Super-committee on its republican members and vowed to veto any attempt to alter the automatic cuts they have now triggered. WMU Political Science Professor Peter Weilhouwer says it’s not really all that surprising, but it is disappointing that they weren’t able to break thru the partisan stalemate that has left congress with a 9% approval rating. Some say lobbyist Grover Norquist might as well have been the 13th member of the committee and Weilhouwer agrees. Norquist has gotten most of the republicans in congress to sign a pledge that they won’t raise taxes and they appear genuinely afraid to break that pledge. He suspects that congress will now begin figuring out ways of dismantling the automatic cuts that are supposed to be triggered in 2013 because of the failure of the super committee.