It’s Time to Stop Digging

By: Friday October 18, 2013 3:45 pm

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.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rodger McDaniel, Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt

By: 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.

Alan Simpson Acknowledges His Name Is “Too Volatile” in Debt Talks

By: 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.

Simpson and Bowles Show Problem With Obama’s Budget Gambit

By: 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.

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By: Friday March 8, 2013 9:50 am

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Bowles and Simpson Still Want to Cut Your Medicare and Social Security

By: 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.

Video: Alan Simpson Does Gangnam Style Austerity Dance

By: 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.

Bowles and Simpson Rake In $40,000 Per Speaking Engagement

By: 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.

Sign Language from the Invisible Hand? How Do We Know That We Need to Reduce the Deficit by $4 Trillion Over the Next Decade

By: 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?

Reports: Bowles Rules Out Treasury Secretary Job

By: 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.

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