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

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 9:15 am

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. The Washington [...]

Krugman, Five Weeks Before Election, Works to Discredit Bowles-Simpson

By: Monday October 1, 2012 6:18 am

The election is 36 days away, and most of the media are churning out their profiles of undecided voters in Ohio and polling snapshots. Only Paul Krugman has broken the illusion, moved past the election and its expected outcome, and focused on the expected policy prescription that lies ahead, the desire of most of official Washington to slash the budget along the lines of a proposal that gets far more credit than it deserves. Krugman, a voice outside Washington, has no problem explaining to everyone that the Bowles-Simpson plan actually stinks.

Erskine Bowles Heaps Praise on Paul Ryan in 2011 Video

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 7:35 am

I’m not sure I even have to add words to this post. Just avail yourself of Erskine Bowles, floated as a potential replacement at Treasury in an Obama second term, the “liberal” half of the Bowles-Simpson catfood commission, singing the praises of Paul Ryan, a year after Ryan rounded up his fellow House Republicans on [...]

Erskine Bowles-to-Treasury Rumor Picks Up Steam

By: Friday August 10, 2012 12:34 pm

Jon Walker was basically right about Erskine Bowles’ op-ed in the Washington Post today, criticizing Mitt Romney’s tax plan. Romney has been trying to associate his plan with Bowles-Simpson when the two have little in common. But I was more distressed last night by the fact that Obama campaign bigwig Stephanie Cutter approvingly tweeted out [...]

Bowles-Gregg; Or, Morgan Stanley-Goldman Sachs

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 6:17 am

I guess Alan Simpson and his recurring set of bad manners has become too much of a liability to those intrepid grand bargaineers. So he’s been pulled for a reliever. Enter Judd Gregg, himself just out of the Senate. Former Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) is stepping up his role in building Republican support for a [...]

Honeywell CEO, Presidential Appointee to Catfood Commission Cote: Eliminate Corporate Taxes

By: Friday June 1, 2012 9:04 am

Honeywell CEO David Cote said yesterday – when his goons weren’t yanking the microphone away from a labor reporter asking a question – that the ideal corporate tax rate should be zero percent: SORKIN: David, I have a tax question for you. What do you think the ultimate effective tax rate should be on corporations? [...]

Conrad Explains His Bowles-Simpson Gambit

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 11:33 am

My experience with politicians is that they actually do tell you their plans, if you scrutinize their statements enough. Such is the case with Kent Conrad. He introduces the Bowles-Simpson plan as a baseline today in the Senate Budget Committee. But as he plainly tells Ezra Klein, the goal is not to get a budget [...]

Bowles-Simpson Returns in Senate Budget Committee

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 1:39 pm

Kent Conrad, the retiring Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, just announced that the markup for the FY 2013 budget will commence tomorrow. And instead of creating model legislation, he will simply take the recommendations proposed by the Chairmen of the Bowles-Simpson deficit commission, popularly known as the “catfood commission,” as the baseline. Tomorrow I [...]

Simpson-Bowles Resurrected for House Budget Vote

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 11:49 am

The House vote on the budget will not just include an up-or-down vote on the Paul Ryan version. As per custom, several budgets will get a vote that day. The Republican Study Group introduced their budget, which slashed spending even further and more quickly than Ryan’s and cut Medicaid more deeply, today. Hardline conservatives who [...]

The Moving of the Overton Window on Fiscal Policy

By: Monday February 20, 2012 1:02 pm

I liked this Mark Thoma piece about the shifting of the Overton Window. I think I alluded to this with my story on a new round of tax cuts being humped by the GOP, and the new bipartisan consensus on the virtue of tax cuts as a stimulus measure. I know exactly what the Administration [...]

Republicans Release Payroll Tax Cut Package

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 6:18 am

Republicans unveiled their package for the payroll tax cut, and the suspicions were correct on the pay-fors. Responding to a plan by Senate Democrats to pay for the payroll tax holiday by enacting a surtax on wealthy individuals, Republicans outlined a counter-proposal that would extend the current two-year pay freeze for federal workers by an [...]

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