Catfood Commission’s GOP Members: Ryan and Hensarling to Vote No; Coburn and Crapo, Yes

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 12:45 pm

With the 18 members of the Catfood Commission expected to vote on the Simpson-Bowles draft report on Friday, many of the members are stepping forward to declare their positions. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) come out as a firmly against the proposal, while Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) said he was leaning no. According to Politico: Rep. [...]

Simpson-Bowles Debt Savings a Fantasy: Assumes Others Tackle Health Costs in Future

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 10:43 am

When I examine any “plan” to reduce the national debt I always go straight to the section on health care, and not just because I’m an expert on health care reform. As you can clearly see from this graph from the CBO, our long-term deficit problem is almost exclusively a health care cost problem. Any [...]

Where Have All the Deficit Hawks Gone?

By: Friday September 17, 2010 5:30 am

I noticed that earlier this year we were overwhelmed by a wave of anti-deficit grandstanding throughout the Democratic Party while the Catfood Commission was sending up trial balloons about cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age (which is just a sleight-of-hand way of cutting benefits) or cutting the health care benefits for military service [...]

Poll: 96% of Americans Think Balancing the Federal Budget Is Not the Most Important Issue

By: Monday August 16, 2010 1:53 pm

With the economy in bad shape and a huge number of Americans out of work, what regular people care about is jobs. And no matter how much the deficit hawks try to whip up deficit hysteria, very few people think that balancing the budget is the most important issue. The newest Penn, Schoen and Berland [...]

When Geithner Talks About Reducing the Deficit, He Means Steal from the Poor and Give to the Rich

By: Friday July 9, 2010 1:23 pm

I have long held the belief that when Republican deficit hypocrites talk about “reducing the deficit,” they are simply using it as secret code for “exploiting regular Americans.” They almost never have plans that would actually reduce the deficit. Their “deficit reduction” plans are mainly schemes like taking Medicare and Social Security from middle-class people, [...]

Sen. Gregg Admires California’s Budget Obstruction, Wants it for Whole Country

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 10:32 am

The Hill has an article today talking about how much Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and Sen. Judd Gregg (NH) love what the Catfood Commission has been secretly scheming about. The fact that these two radicals admire what is happening in these private meetings is terrifying. But the article does contain an important detail about [...]