Simpson Bowles Again

Sep 6, 2012 10:37pm

This is an incredible line from the Vice President about the “Simpson-Bowles Commission” considering that the White House failed to embrace it –

“In Tampa, they talked with great urgency about the nation’s debt. And the need to act, to act now. But not once, not one single time, did they tell you that they rejected every plan put forward by us–by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Commission they referenced—or by other respected outside group—to reduce the national debt. They were not for any of them. Why? Because they’re not prepared to do anything about the debt if it contained even one dollar, not exaggerating, even one dollar—one cent—in new taxes for millionaires. Folks, that’s not courage. And that’s not fair.”

Just as Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., last week failed to offer the whole truth about his role on the failed Simpson-Bowles deficit commission, Vice President Joe Biden fell short of complete candor in his convention speech tonight as well.

“This can’t be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem.  The commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline,” the president said in his 2010 State of the Union address.

But the commission failed to get enough votes to become “official” (Ryan voted against) and the White House did not embrace its plan.

–Jake Tapper and Mary Bruce

 

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