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The Bowles-Simpson Commission Did Not Issue a Report #54,302

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:01

Just as little kids like to believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, Washington insiders like to believe that the Bowles Simpson commission issued a report. Of course the commission did not issue a report.

The commission's by-laws state that a report would need the support of 14 of the 18 members of the commission. There was no report that met threshold and in fact no formal vote was ever taken on any report. The document in question should properly be referred to as the report of the co-chairs, former Senator Alan Simpson and Morgan Stanley director Erskine Bowles.

It might be painful to accept the truth, but there is no Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy or Bowles-Simpson Commission report.

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Sad News
written by Bart, February 13, 2013 11:04

Last night on the News Hour Judy challenged Jay Carney with complaints by "the bipartisan group called Fix the Debt" with regard to Obama not wanting to raise age of eligibility for Medicare.
There were two reports from the commission #54,302
written by John Q, February 13, 2013 1:41
There was the individual report of the co-chairmen.
There was also this (more sensible) individual report of a member of the commission:

The second report has been ignored by the press - as well as by Mr. Baker and the rest of the commentariat.

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