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Politicians, don't 'Just Say No' to the Bowles-Simpson recommendations

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(Read caption) Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson, co-chairs of President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission, released a plan to increase revenues and cut spending. In response, members from both parties have denounced the plan.

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[Editor's note: The referenced CNN clip can be viewed here.]

Ronald Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, was on CNN last night, telling it like it is about the tough choices necessary to rein in our nation’s currently-unsustainable budget deficits. (Here’s a related recent interview of him by 60 MinutesLesley Stahl.) He’s no sitting politician, nor a political hack, of course. Among those who are, we are already getting the “attack and cower” reaction to the Bowles-Simpson recommendations that came out yesterday, as described in Lori Montgomery’s story in today’s Washington Post:

[T]he reaction was harsh in some quarters, particularly among liberals who have vowed to protect retirees from any reduction in benefits. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the plan “simply unacceptable.”

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