Looking For Courage In All The Wrong Places?

You can help solve the problem of our burgeoning national debt, with the click of a mouse...

Here's how it happened:

The President, in an effort to get control of the budget and our growing national debt, appoints two well-known figures, former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson (Republican) and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles (Democrat) of North Carolina to craft a plan. This was back in 2010.

The Simpson-Bowles Commission did exactly that, crafting a plan that would reduce debt by $4 trillion over a decade by cutting defense and discretionary spending, curbing federal entitlement costs and reforming the tax code. As Alan Simpson describes it, "It is a balanced plan. I know that because we have pissed off just about everyone on one point or another."

The plan garnered a majority of Commission members, but fell short of the supermajority required. President Obama, after making much noise about establishing the effort, largely ignored it. With the exception of a few hardy souls, most of Congress ran from it. But Bowles and Simpson persisted, enjoining the support of Warren Buffett (independent), former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (Democrat), respected former New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg (Republican), among others.

This week, Simpson-Bowles et al launched a campaign to enlist the support of taxpayers across the country to press for action – some action, any action – on the budget and our rapidly growing national debt. One initial goal is to obtain 10 million signatures on a petition calling on Congress to pass a comprehensive long-term plan by July 4, 2013.

Take a few minutes, and take a look at Fix The Debt. You can learn all about it it at www.fixthedebt.org – and, while there, become one of the 10 million supporters of this important initiative.

Congress has lost its nerve on most issues important to the country. Let's help them out on this one!

Listen to Warren Buffet, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles on CNBC here.

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Ray Andrews July 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Please, enough of this crap that Democrats had full control for two years. It completely ignores the fact that Republicans used the filibuster to block any vote without a 60 vote filibuster-proof democratic super-majority January 20, 2009 - After a seizure Kennedy’s health forced him to retreat to Massachusetts Senator Al Franken of Minnesota had not been seated because the previous Senator, Norm Coleman challenged the election results. At the beginning of his Presidency, Democrats had 57 elected senators…55 Democrats and 2 Independents. April 28, 2009 Republican Sen. Arlen Specter has switched parties The Minnesota seat still remained vacant. The Senate had 56 sitting Democratic members and 2 Independents. May 15, 2009 Senator Robert Byrd was admitted to the hospital - 55 Democratic members and 2 Independents. (57) July 7, 2009 Al Franken sworn in Senator Kennedy continued to recuperate and was unable to cast any more votes; Senator Byrd was still in the hospital. The Senate - 56 Democratic members and 2 Independents. (58) July 21, 2009 Senator Byrd returned to the Senate making the count 59 seats. August 25, 2009 Senator Kennedy died . The Kennedy seat was vacant from August 25 until September 24 when Paul G. Kirk was appointed to occupy his seat - 60-seat majority. Democrats had a 60 seat majority from September 24, 2009 thru February 4, 2010. 4 months; not 2 years!!
jack baillargeron July 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Yea and the Country has about 2.5 million laws and regulations based on those documents. Explaining issues is more that just 8 word talking points. Don't like my opinions, Very simple do not read them if your incapable of unerstand the reasoning and context. geeze another one "holier than thou"
minivanhell July 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Does anyone moderate these comments?
Howard Johnson July 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I flagged it.
Elizabeth McNamara July 26, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Thanks Larry and minivanhell. I think it's time to shut this stream down.


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