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You've Heard of the Birthers, Now Meet the Simpson-Bowlers

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:59 By Thom Hartmann, The Daily Take | Op-Ed

You've heard of the birthers and the truthers, and probably even the tenthers and the nullifiers. But now it's time to meet the Simpson-Bowlers. Over the past few years, we've heard a lot of crackpot ideas.

First there was Donald Trump and his jolly gang of birthers, who to this day claim that President Obama was born in Kenya.

Then came the Koch-brothers-funded climate change deniers, who, despite record temperatures and unprecedented super storms, insist manmade climate change is still debatable – you know, like many of those same people said about cigarettes not causing cancer.

Finally, we have the tenthers and the nullifiers, who what to ignore federal laws they don't like.

But none of these outlandish and nonsensical ideas are as dangerous and destructive as the "new" Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0."

Yesterday, the pair introduced a rebooted, or should we say, rebaked, version of the original Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Commission" idiocy. That original plan, you'll remember, was so bad that their own commissioners wouldn't vote for it.

Unfortunately, the media is still in love with these irrelevant hustlers and their crazy ideas, which makes understanding the absurdity of the Simpson-Bowles plan that much harder. But let's give it a try.

In the original Simpson-Bowles Catfood Commission plan, the pair sought a whopping $2.9 trillion in budget cuts combined with $2.6 trillion in revenues – a fancy word that mostly describes increasing taxes or eliminating tax loopholes.

Under the new Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0," this pair of crackpots now seek just $1.3 trillion in revenues, meaning they jacked up budget cuts this time around to a staggering $3.9 trillion. While the original Catfood plan had roughly one-to-one spending cuts to new revenue, the new Catfood plan is three-to-one in favor of cuts to revenue.

Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0" calls for $2.4 trillion in new savings over the next 10 years, through "serious tax and entitlement reforms and cutting additional spending." So what are the exact devastating cuts and reforms that Simpson and Bowles want to make in federal government spending?

First, they want to reduce Medicare and Medicaid spending, meaning fewer and fewer elderly Americans will have access to healthcare and medications.

Next, Simpson and Bowles want to enact "comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform" which is really just a fancy way of saying "we want to give corporations even more corporate tax breaks while jacking up taxes on working people."

Of the $2.4 trillion in new savings that the Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0" calls for, nearly $600 billion of it comes from so-called tax reform.

Finally, these washed up corporate shills want to "strengthen limits on discretionary spending" and reduce non-health mandatory spending," which means cuts to things like social security, higher education, and farm subsidies just to name a few. In other words, "Let them eat cat food!"

The bottom-line here is that Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0," much like its predecessor, is entirely about helping out corporate America and the billionaires who run it, and screwing over the rest of us. Along with the so-called "pro-growth tax reforms" come the so-called "entitlement reforms," which basically argue we must abandon elderly, disabled, and poor Americans if we want to save the American economy.

The only people who are happy with Simpson and Bowles' new "Catfood Plan 2.0" are their corporate and fat cat buddies.

Although the millionaires on TV won't tell you this, the fact is that working class Americans need to see through all the smoke and mirrors, and past the media circus, and realize that, much like the birthers and the truthers, the Simpson-Bowlers are completely off their rockers.

No country in the world has ever cut its way to prosperity, and whether Simpson and Bowles like it or not, America won't either.

So, let's roll Grandpa Simpson and Grandpa Bowles back to the old folks home, where they can't do any more damage to our economy and to our country, and leave the cat food for the cats.

This article was first published on Truthout and any reprint or reproduction on any other website must acknowledge Truthout as the original site of publication.

Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann is a New York Times bestselling Project Censored Award winning author and host of a nationally syndicated progressive radio talk show. You can learn more about Thom Hartmann at his website and find out what stations broadcast his radio program. He also now has a daily independent television program, The Big Picture,  syndicated by FreeSpeech TV, RT TV, and 2oo community TV stations.  You can also listen or watch Thom over the Internet.


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You've Heard of the Birthers, Now Meet the Simpson-Bowlers

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:59 By Thom Hartmann, The Daily Take | Op-Ed

You've heard of the birthers and the truthers, and probably even the tenthers and the nullifiers. But now it's time to meet the Simpson-Bowlers. Over the past few years, we've heard a lot of crackpot ideas.

First there was Donald Trump and his jolly gang of birthers, who to this day claim that President Obama was born in Kenya.

Then came the Koch-brothers-funded climate change deniers, who, despite record temperatures and unprecedented super storms, insist manmade climate change is still debatable – you know, like many of those same people said about cigarettes not causing cancer.

Finally, we have the tenthers and the nullifiers, who what to ignore federal laws they don't like.

But none of these outlandish and nonsensical ideas are as dangerous and destructive as the "new" Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0."

Yesterday, the pair introduced a rebooted, or should we say, rebaked, version of the original Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Commission" idiocy. That original plan, you'll remember, was so bad that their own commissioners wouldn't vote for it.

Unfortunately, the media is still in love with these irrelevant hustlers and their crazy ideas, which makes understanding the absurdity of the Simpson-Bowles plan that much harder. But let's give it a try.

In the original Simpson-Bowles Catfood Commission plan, the pair sought a whopping $2.9 trillion in budget cuts combined with $2.6 trillion in revenues – a fancy word that mostly describes increasing taxes or eliminating tax loopholes.

Under the new Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0," this pair of crackpots now seek just $1.3 trillion in revenues, meaning they jacked up budget cuts this time around to a staggering $3.9 trillion. While the original Catfood plan had roughly one-to-one spending cuts to new revenue, the new Catfood plan is three-to-one in favor of cuts to revenue.

Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0" calls for $2.4 trillion in new savings over the next 10 years, through "serious tax and entitlement reforms and cutting additional spending." So what are the exact devastating cuts and reforms that Simpson and Bowles want to make in federal government spending?

First, they want to reduce Medicare and Medicaid spending, meaning fewer and fewer elderly Americans will have access to healthcare and medications.

Next, Simpson and Bowles want to enact "comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform" which is really just a fancy way of saying "we want to give corporations even more corporate tax breaks while jacking up taxes on working people."

Of the $2.4 trillion in new savings that the Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0" calls for, nearly $600 billion of it comes from so-called tax reform.

Finally, these washed up corporate shills want to "strengthen limits on discretionary spending" and reduce non-health mandatory spending," which means cuts to things like social security, higher education, and farm subsidies just to name a few. In other words, "Let them eat cat food!"

The bottom-line here is that Simpson-Bowles "Catfood Plan 2.0," much like its predecessor, is entirely about helping out corporate America and the billionaires who run it, and screwing over the rest of us. Along with the so-called "pro-growth tax reforms" come the so-called "entitlement reforms," which basically argue we must abandon elderly, disabled, and poor Americans if we want to save the American economy.

The only people who are happy with Simpson and Bowles' new "Catfood Plan 2.0" are their corporate and fat cat buddies.

Although the millionaires on TV won't tell you this, the fact is that working class Americans need to see through all the smoke and mirrors, and past the media circus, and realize that, much like the birthers and the truthers, the Simpson-Bowlers are completely off their rockers.

No country in the world has ever cut its way to prosperity, and whether Simpson and Bowles like it or not, America won't either.

So, let's roll Grandpa Simpson and Grandpa Bowles back to the old folks home, where they can't do any more damage to our economy and to our country, and leave the cat food for the cats.

This article was first published on Truthout and any reprint or reproduction on any other website must acknowledge Truthout as the original site of publication.

Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann is a New York Times bestselling Project Censored Award winning author and host of a nationally syndicated progressive radio talk show. You can learn more about Thom Hartmann at his website and find out what stations broadcast his radio program. He also now has a daily independent television program, The Big Picture,  syndicated by FreeSpeech TV, RT TV, and 2oo community TV stations.  You can also listen or watch Thom over the Internet.


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