The President's blue-ribbon commission on fiscal responsibility and reform
This pet peeve is from the Friday, February 19, 2010 broadcast of Left, Right & Center on KCRW-89.9FM.
Well, the President finally appointed at least the beginning of his blue-ribbon commission on fiscal responsibility and reform, naming Alan Simpson and former chief-of-staff Erskine Bowles from the Clinton days to co-chair it. It's worth holding out hope for this, because Simpson's a good man—always been a renegade on the Republican side—and Bowles was experienced in Washington. But, the depressing thing to me is that it is essentially a confession—by both political parties—that we will not risk an iota of our power by being honest with you about the tax increases and spending cuts we know are needed to put our fiscal house in order, to pass off a sound nation to our children. That's the bottom line from the fact that you need a commission to even discuss this.