Yeah, that's rough on Erskine "Irritated" Bowles. You know who else abandoned the commission's recommendations? The commission.The recommendations failed by 3 votes. Paul Ryan, Jeb Hensarling and Dave Camp snuffed the report by voting no. Those three Republican Congressmen must have been possessed by the bill-killing specter of Barack Obama, who is of course solely to blame.
And four Democrats voted against it, so they're 33% more culpable.But so what if the commission didn't have a "formal" recommendation? Obama could have pushed forward with his filibuster-proof supermajority in Congress and done something to cut the deficit. But then I guess that superpower is reserved for popular mandates like Obamacare.
Why didn't Obama antagonize his supermajority to push through a non-binding package that he and his party opposed? Phew, that's a toughie. Answer: Because the President didn't want to. And thanks to his friends the Republicans, he didn't have to.Paul Ryan, the fast-rising fiscal seer of his party, killed the recommendations... but now Obama's being trashed by Republicans for not pushing through the plan that Ryan & Co. rejected. So here's a question for you: WTF?
Well, I'll ask this: after three years of far-and-away record deficits and increasing the national debt by 40%, what happened to that guy who stood on the Senate floor voted against raising the debt ceiling because it represented a "failure of leadership."WTF indeed.
But how much of that debt is Obama-generated? And how much did he inherit? Most important of all, how do we stop the majority of Americans who continue to recognize the difference from voting in 2012?
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