For as long as anyone can remember — because I’m selling “bathtub Lunesta” out of the back of a truck to help people forget — Washington has been in a deep turmoil over the deficit and what to do about it (that excludes solutions like “ending wars” and “rolling back Bush-era tax cuts”). The Gregg-Conrad Debt Commission never got off the ground. The Simpson-Bowles Debt Commission couldn’t vote on a plan. Paul Ryan’s deficit plan is getting shouted at in town halls. Obama’s deficit plan is being called “too little, too late.” It rained on the day the Congressional Progressive Caucus unveiled its deficit plan, so Dana Milbank says it doesn’t count. Meanwhile, Americans are basically wondering why lawmakers are even focused on this issue, seeing as how they are all unemployed.
But hope has a new name: The Joe Biden Deficit Task Force. (This will premiere on CBS and eventually spin off Joe Biden Deficit Task Force: Miami Nights.) I can just tell your soul is beginning to stir, so let’s check in with the Washington Post‘s Paul Kane to see how it’s all going:
A congressional task force launched by President Obama last week to help cut the federal deficit is off to a rocky start, with some members complaining that the agenda is destined to provide political theater, not a sweeping rewrite of spending and tax policy.
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