Former U-S Senator Alan Simpson doesn’t pull any punches, which is why he’s always been my kind of conservative. When the congressional deficit reduction committee tanked, Simpson and his co-chairman of President Obama’s deficit committee – Erskine Bowles – called the politicians “wholly irresponsible”.
Simpson said he believes people perceive what many in Congress won’t admit: the nation needs tax hikes and spending cuts to have any hope of crawling out from under the debt nearing the $15 trillion mark. Simpson said any possible solution demands reining in health care costs and ending subsidized benefits for wealthy people.
Meanwhile, Simpson blasted lobbying groups on both sides of the issue, including the A-A-R-P for opposing any proposals to cut benefits to seniors. He also criticized many fellow Republican politicians who have signed a pledge never to support a net increase in taxes.
Keep talking, Mr. Simpson and Mr. Bowles, but I’m not sure anybody in Washington is paying attention. They still don’t get it.
Our thought for today is from Edward Abbey:
“One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork.”