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

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 8:36 am

I consider this to be one of the more significant wins for progressives in the past few years. While Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles are still trying to push for a deficit deal, even Simpson now acknowledges that attaching their names to any proposal would likely hurt it. On Morning Joe Simpson said during his [...]

Simpson and Bowles Show Problem With Obama’s Budget Gambit

By: Friday April 19, 2013 10:02 am

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. This is effectively Simpson [...]

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

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 9:00 am

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. Not surprisingly much of their proposed deficit reduction would come from cutting Medicare and [...]

Bowles to Romney: You Know Nothing of My Work

By: Friday August 10, 2012 7:38 am

Many politicians distort the truth for their benefit but Mitt Romney is rather unique in that he often makes statements that can so quickly and easily be proven false. The latest example resulted in Romney receiving the smack down from Erskine Bowles. From Bowles in the Washington Post: This month, Romney said that his tax [...]

My Super Awesome 55-Word Deficit Plan (Which Saves Way More Than Simpson-Bowles)

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 5:35 am

After fully studying the deficit reduction proposal put forward by Catfood Commission co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles (PDF), I realized that I could write a 55-world proposal that would do a substantially better job of reducing the federal debt. I’m calling the “Super Awesome Deficit Plan” and here it is: Starting in 2016, to [...]

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 [...]

Simpson-Bowles Recs: Progressive Deficit Reduction All But Ignored to Further “Serious” Attacks on Middle Class

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 2:29 pm

I don’t feel like going point by point through the recommendations put forward by President Obama’s deficit commission appointees Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, mainly because their real goal is to advance conservative ideology; they are a wish-list of horrific, anti-middle class proposals supported by only two men with no real political power. But I [...]

Our Political Insanity in Three Headlines: Tax Breaks for the Rich, More War, and Cuts to Social Security

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 1:25 pm

To understand how ridiculous the “serious” people are in Washington, and how broken our political debate is, let me draw your attention to the three biggest political stories of the day. Together, they make the clear case that all this so-called concern about the “deficit” is simply a justification the powerful use to attack the [...]

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 [...]

Revolt of the Wonks: Former Obama Advisors Want to Know What’s Happening on His Deficit Commission

By: Friday May 21, 2010 9:08 am

There’s a very important an article in the Neiman Watchdog this morning (Harvard’s journalism review, Deputy Editor Dan Froomkin). It’s written by Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson, entitled “Has Obama created a Social Security ‘death panel’? Headlines like that are normally the reserve of DFH bloggers, so it’s notable that the academic world is talking [...]