Well, the Republican Congressional Arson Committee was out-voted Wednesday and the government shutdown has ended and the debt ceiling has been raised. At least for a few months. Now come the analyses striving to set the Conventional Wisdom.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 28, 2013 1:59 pm|
Rodger McDaniel — a lawyer who served 10 years in the Wyoming state legislature before entering seminary and becoming a Presbyterian pastor — says in the acknowledgements to Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt, “Honestly, I never so much wanted to write a book, as I wanted to tell this story.” And what a story it is.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 17, 2013 1:45 pm|
Simpson was once frequently invoked by Obama but now he struggles to get anyone to pay attention to the latest rehash of his proposal. Progressives mostly won this messaging war even with the other side literally spending hundreds of millions.
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 19, 2013 4:08 pm|
The dynamic duo of deficit hysteria are at it again. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have put out yet another deficit reduction proposal calling for $2.5 trillion in reductions. Not surprisingly their plan includes cutting Medicaid, raising the Medicare retirement age, adopting the Chained-CPI for Social Security, and cutting military pensions.
|By: Zach Tomanelli Friday March 8, 2013 9:50 am|
Simpson-Bowles II is just a plan for dismantling our most important social programs while protecting the loopholes enjoyed by corporations and billionaires. By moving the goal posts and demanding bigger cuts, the Catfood Cabal is once again stoking fears about the economy in order to force the “shared sacrifices” of their austerity agenda upon us. We know this plan will be continually proposed as April 1 approaches and we need to recruit new activists to join the fight against it.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 19, 2013 3:10 pm|
Just in case you were worried that Washington might have accidentally stopped talking about Erskine Bowles, Alan Simpson, or the deficit for a whole day the dynamic duo is trying to grab the spotlight today with a brand new deficit outline.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday December 5, 2012 1:25 pm|
Simpson seems to think he’s inspiring a new austerity generation when he once again invokes intergenerational warfare, telling the young ‘uns to “Get in there before all the old coots clean out the Treasury and leave you with nothing.”
Apparently he doesn’t understand that the dance is a parody of poseur rich kids like himself who have nothing better to do than act outrageously and call attention to themselves.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 28, 2012 12:45 pm|
Every time Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson talk about how the United States simply cannot afford to offer their citizens a modest income in retirement, they get $40,000. This is three times the amount that Social Security recipients actually get themselves in retirement, ANNUALLY. Bowles and Simpson get that for an hourlong talk.
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday November 27, 2012 6:11 am|
Millions are no doubt wondering how we know that the government has to reduce deficits by $4 trillion over the next decade. This appears to be the magic number that underlies the budget discussions between President Obama and the Republicans in Congress, and it is widely accepted by Serious People everywhere, but where did this magic number come from?
|By: David Dayen Friday November 16, 2012 9:12 am|
Erskine Bowles told Maria Bartiromo last night that he would not serve as the nation’s next Treasury Secretary. This apparently happened off-air, but it has been confirmed in local papers in North Carolina, Bowles’ home state.