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DiabloViejo
05-28-2012, 02:22 PM
Alan Simpson Slams Fellow Republicans For Unwillingness To Compromise
Posted: 05/27/2012 9:29 pm
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Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) lashed out at members of his party on Sunday, slamming them for their unwillingness to compromise on proposed tax increases.

In his characteristically colorful style, Simpson told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that Republicans' rigid opposition to new tax revenues has hampered productivity and diminished the chances of reaching an agreement with Democrats on debt reduction.

"You canít cut spending your way out of this hole," Simpson, who was appointed as co-chair of President Obama's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in 2010, said. "You canít grow your way out of this hole, and you canít tax your way out of this hole. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, we tell these people. This is madness."

Simpson continued: "If you want to be a purist, go somewhere on a mountaintop and praise the east or something. But if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise. And you learn to compromise on the issue without compromising yourself. Show me a guy who wonít compromise and Iíll show you a guy with rock for brains."

The former senator, along with debt commission co-chair Erskine Bowles, developed a plan in 2010 for bringing down the top tax rate and lowering the deficit by repealing a number of tax cuts and credits. The initial plan, commonly known as Simpson-Bowles, was mostly ignored by lawmakers. A bipartisan budget modeled after their report wasrejected by the House (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/simpson-bowles-plan-rejected-house-vote_n_1387601.html) earlier this year.

During the interview Sunday, he expressed frustration with his party's focus on social issues, as well as the ability of outspoken figures like Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist to drive the conversation.

"I guess I'm known as a RINO now, which means a Republican in name only, because, I guess, of social views, perhaps, or common sense would be another one, which seems to escape members of our party," Simpson said. "For heavenís sake, you have Grover Norquist wandering the earth in his white robes saying that if you raise taxes one penny, heíll defeat you. He canít murder you. He canít burn your house. The only thing he can do to you, as an elected official, is defeat you for reelection. And if that means more to you than your country when we need patriots to come out in a situation when weíre in extremity, you shouldnít even be in Congress."

Soflasnapper
05-29-2012, 09:32 AM
"You canít cut spending your way out of this hole," Simpson, who was appointed as co-chair of President Obama's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in 2010, said. "You canít grow your way out of this hole, and you canít tax your way out of this hole. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, we tell these people. This is madness."

I saw this part of the Fareed show, and poor Erskine Bowles, the other name of their dual-headed commission, was there as well, and got treated as a bump on a log. Maybe because he has a more measured way of speaking, but he got about 5% of the time at most.

Still, this statement by Simpson was the key takeaway. It's a big enough problem to require all possible lines of attack-- significant spending cuts, AND significant revenue increases, AND pro-growth measures. To achieve the latter, the pro-growth environment, requires going slow, and maybe delaying, either of the two anti-growth anti-debt crisis measures, both the tax hikes and the spending cuts, for the immediate future.

The GOP gets that tax hikes are anti-growth, but pretends to not understand that spending cuts are also anti-growth, the better to make ideologically based, not economically based, cuts in hated social programs that don't amount to much money whatsoever. The last such effort was to threaten default on our national debt unless we zeroed out Planned Parenthood's smallish funding altogether. Because it was a lot of money? No, out of anti-abortion ideology for that part of their base.

People ought to take a look at Alice Rivlin and her proposed solutions. Even Paul Ryan gave her high praise as a serious Democrat whom he could work with. She has proposed the kind of balanced approach, and delaying the anti-growth parts that are necessary until we get to a higher level of economic activity, that Simpson recommends to our attention here.

cushioncrawler
05-29-2012, 04:25 PM
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