Perhaps my give-a-shitter is broken, but I think people are paying a hell of a lot more attention to the preliminary report of the deficit commission than it deserves.
First, look at the players. Alan K (for Krazy) Simpson is a homespun moron of little distinction as a legislator. Sadly, he was my Senator for a while, and he was tolerated as the son of a better man and a smarter guy than his even dumber colleague. He’s been out of the Senate for 15 years. Erskine Bowles has never served in Congress, has been out of government service for a dozen years, and wasn’t even living in Washington. Neither of these guys has the ability or connections to influence anything in DC. Though there’s been some whining about the composition of the rest of the committee, there are enough hard-core progressives on it to kill off anything really crazy.
Second, look at the problem. Social Security is the least of the deficit issues facing our country, and it can be fixed with a couple of tweaks of the tax code. Who cares if this commission drops a turd? There’s no real urgency for Obama or Congress to pick it up.
If this blind pig had found an ear of corn, then it would have been a bonus for Obama. If, as is apparent, it simply blundered around and crapped out a reeking pile of pig shit, then its report can be thrown into the recycle bin along with the output of pretty much every other presidential commission that’s ever been appointed.