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Charles Krauthhammer Doesn't Know That There Was No Deficit Commission Report

Friday, 08 July 2011 05:52

This one should be simple enough even for a Washington Post columnist, but apparently not. Krauthammer is apparently referring to the report of the deficit commission's co-chairs, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. The report did not get the necessary majority to be approved by the commission and there was not even a vote taken by the deadline.

Of course Krauthammer also apparently missed the collapse of the housing bubble and resulting economic collapse, since he blames President Obama for the deficit. He obviously is not a very observant person. He also thinks that a comment by Congressional Budget Office (CBO) director Doug Elmensdorf that CBO does not score speeches is "devastating." The point that Mr. Elemensdorf was making apparently went over Krauthammer's head.

It takes time and effort for CBO to score something. When a fully worked out proposal is in place and laid out they can score it. They cannot score every new twist and turn in policy debates. It is not clear why this obvious truth would be seen as "devastating."

Comments (5)Add Comment
Kraut Is Just There for Comic Relief
written by Paul, July 08, 2011 8:27
Nobody should, or does, take him seriously. Gene Weingarten writes much more intellectual commentary.
written by jm, July 08, 2011 10:09
Some years ago I would frequently hear Krauthammer on the radio in my morning commute, on the station to which I listened for traffic and weather. The consistency of his ignorance and intellectual flaccidity was astounding, and I was horrified that he had been afforded such a pulpit.

Coming from farming country, when I hear his name the image that comes to mind is one of a manure spreader running full tilt.
Talk about devastating...
written by diesel, July 08, 2011 9:44
Well, Charles is known for hammering kraut, so its no wonder he's so full of gas. If he washes down his pickled cabbage with a few brews, watch out. It's rumored his car sports an "EXPLOSIVE" vanity plate.
written by cemmcs, July 09, 2011 11:12
Dean, maybe you are being unfair to Mr. Krauthhammer when you say, "he doesn't know". It could be the guy is just a lying sack of shit. I think he really deserves the benefit of the doubt, ya know?
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