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Lying to Push Their Agenda on the Budget: There Was No Bowles-Simpson Commission Report

Sunday, 11 November 2012 08:43

What is wrong with these people who keep talking about a Bowles-Simpson Commission report? This one is not a debatable point. There was no Bowles-Simpson Commission report. That's a fact, just like the fact that Governor Romney lost the election.

Look it up. The by-laws of the commission say:

"The Commission shall vote on the approval of a final report containing a set of recommendations to achieve the objectives set forth in the Charter no later than December 1, 2010. The issuance of a final report of the Commission shall require the approval of not less than 14 of the 18 members of the Commission."

There was no vote on anything by December 1, 2010 and there was no report that had the approval of 14 of the 18 members of the commission. Therefore there was no commission report. The correct way to refer to the document in question is the report of the co-chairs.

Today's guilty parties are David Leonhardt at the NYT and Steve Pearlstein at the Post. Come on folks, a lot of Republicans really wanted Romney to get elected, but that doesn't make him president. And, no matter how much you guys like the Bowles-Simpson report, there was no report from the commission. Let's get back to reality.

Comments (7)Add Comment
They have been notified
written by Scott Supak, November 11, 2012 9:39
I have emailed both authors and told them that if they don't cut this out, then Dean Baker is likely to have an aneurysm.
Lies, Damn Lies and Ordinary Everyday MSM Lies
written by Last Mover, November 11, 2012 10:35
This lie will be redacted and republished as a newly revised lie after Erskine Bowles is appointed Treasury Secretary Of Lies and Alan Simpson is appointed Secretary Of Low Population States With Disproportionate Lying Powers.
Individual reports
written by John Q, November 11, 2012 11:10
As their was no commission report, individual members of the commission issued their own reports.

For some reason, the press only features the individual reports from Bowles and Simpson (which I think of as the BS report), and ignores the more reasonable report from commission member Schakowsky:

Bowles-Simpson "report" or the "BS report"
written by Jennifer Reft, November 11, 2012 12:26
I have to say that I up to now have thought this point was a silly one to belabor. But reading it today it strikes me how often this "report" is referred to in the media and it is worth questioning why the pundits insist on a "report" that does not exist. I think it directly links to the media's desire to the false idea of "bipartisanship" that is there is a place that everybody agrees on if they would be reasonable. The myth of a report enforces this idea, the fact that there was no report is the reality that there are several issues that the majority on each side will not deal on, even in a context of no real commitment i.e. a non-binding committee. Therefore there has been no bipartisan agreement anywhere up to this point and so it should not be surprising that there continues to be no agreement now that actual binding decisions have to be made.
Liar in Chief?
written by geraldmcgrew, November 11, 2012 10:09
Hasn't the president been guilty of this himself? It seems to me I've heard him refer, at the very least, to a Bowles-Simpson or Deficit Commission "proposal" or "plan" which at least implies that there was/is a "report".
You Missed Christine Romer
written by Sara Sikes, November 12, 2012 1:23
Ms. Romer's article in NY Times Business Section 11/11/12 also referred to the Bowles Simpson Bipartisan Report. She went on describing the benefits of the plan for deficit reduction. Very disapointing for such smart economist with political experience.
Isn't this the report?
written by Kevin, November 13, 2012 2:40
It's on the commission website.

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