Thursday, December 6, 2012

Finally, Simpson-Bowles Explained

If you, too, are confused about the so-called Simpson-Bowles plan to locate the Lindbergh Baby reduce the deficit, Alex Pareen over at Salon lays it out in easy-to-parse language:
Not many people know this but “The Simpson-Bowles Plan” is magic. It is whatever you want it to be. It will fix the deficit and grow the economy and it does it without raising taxes on anyone, unless you want to raise taxes on some people, and then it does that. It cuts all government spending but in a way that doesn’t hurt Medicare or The Troops. If you stand in front of a mirror and say “Simpson-Bowles” three times David Gergen and Gloria Borger appear out of nowhere and praise your wisdom and seriousness. “The Simpson-Bowles Plan” gives you Your Country Back and makes it the ’90s again, or the ’50s, or whatever past decade you wish it was, when things were better. Simpson and Bowles were two kindly wizards and they granted America three wishes but dumb Washington, D.C., is too Partisan to make the wishes. Obama and the Republicans need to Grow Up and Get Serious and Pass “The Simpson-Bowles Plan,” everyone in America agrees.
The deficit debate -- and the deficit itself -- aren't the problem. Washington, D.C., is the problem, as it's currently filled with hucksters and psychopaths who have no qualms about watching old people starve to death. And if you think that's a radical statement, you haven't been paying attention. Read the whole thing for an epic take-down of what is sure to turn out to be really horrible policy.

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