deficit commission

I assume Rep. Paul Ryan was talking about Bill Clinton during this interview on Meet the Press, and not endorsing Hillary for 2016, since Erskine Bowles was Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff, but this is pretty rich coming from someone who helped torpedo Simpson-Bowles. Read more...
It seems this ongoing feud between former Sen. Alan Simpson and anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist isn't going to end any time soon. Simpson went after Norquist again on Hardball this Tuesday while doing his usual fearmongering over the "fiscal Read more...
When millions of dollars are being pumped into Washington by anti-government and anti-tax ideologues, you're bound to find Democrats willing to play along. And when your Washington press corps can't be bothered to get even the smallest details Read more...
This deficit supercommittee may very well blow up in Obama's face. At the time the deal was made, the administration and Congress were successfully pushing the "OMG, we need to save the country from the BIG BAD DEFICIT!!!!" narrative. Now, not so Read more...
I heard two different talking heads yesterday say that President Obama had a report from the deficit commission that he didn't follow. Dean Baker explains why that's a crock: I know we are not supposed to say "lie" in Washington, but this is Read more...

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Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) did a nice job this morning on Fox News Sunday of explaining why Social Security should have never been offered up as part of the negotiations over raising the debt ceiling even though he supported making sure it stays Read more...
In the aftermath of Friday's budget agreement, it's no longer a question of whether the U.S. is going to slash spending, but where, when and by how much. On the heels of the $38.5 billion in cuts to discretionary, non-defense spending Obama Read more...
So I read this piece yesterday in which Digby discussed the notion that Rep. Paul Ryan's Crazy Roadmap to the Future is part of a larger design to make the Catfood Commission recommendations look reasonable: If I were a conspiracy type, I Read more...
The head of President Obama's now defunct deficit commission apparently decided to see if he could outdo himself after his offensive "milk cows" statement on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto. Alan Simpson Invokes 'Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dogg' In Read more...
Former New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg joined the crew of Morning Joe and jumped all over the Huffington Post's Sam Stein when he pointed out that Social Security is solvent for the next twenty some years. Gregg's reasoning -- it's not solvent Read more...