Alan Simpson……

I’m finally getting around to this….

While driving around Friday I got a chance to listen to Alan Simpson at some conference ….

Doing a Q & A….

Some thoughts….

Simpson who’s 81 and has been out of elected office for a while….

He talked A LOT about old politics vs new politics….

And politicians playing politics …NOT governing…

Of course since he and Erskine Bowles spent a good amount of time putting together their report on debt and deficit reduction …only to see the report shoved aside…

While he may be mad at things, right now….He considers politicians BETTER today that ‘back in the day’… with good staffs…

But he complained (Correctly) that todays politicians don’t confront serious problems….They punt

He’s a bit pissed (of Course) that with a 17 Trillion hole in the countries budget the politician’s STILL will NOT deal with the problem…

Simpson goes on to throw at Democrats and Republicans….

And he’s not afraid to use some semi-salty language….

He related how he was in the room the first time the House and Democrats  got together on his and Bowles report…

Everyone spoke…..

The Rep Paul Ryan said his piece….

Simp[son related how Obama tore Ryan a new one in front of everyone…

Someone later asked Simpson what he thought of the exchange 

Simpson spoke right up saying that the President chewed Ryan up…

Making a political statement, NOT a move to deal with what Ryan said…

Simpson just put it out there …..The Politics…

It was refreshing ….

But dated….

While Simpson has every right to be annoyed at system…

He’s NO LONGER in it…

Politician’s as he points out ….

Are ALWAYS running for office these days….

And that means they will NOT face hard choices…

That’s the way it is….

Add the Republican’s hard at Obama thing….

And Yea Alan….

There ain’t ANYTHING that is gonna get done….

photo…Bowles and Simpson…latimes.com

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7 thoughts on “Alan Simpson……”

  1. Yup.. Alan is very refreshing.. and understandably estranged by the changes in his party the last three decades.. a bit like Stockman..

    As for the $17 trillion (it’s $16 tr any day now isn’t it?).. it IS only about 100% of GDP… i’m not so sure about this.. but I think 80-85% is a normal and healthy national economy…
    The imminent doomsday scenario is largely a Koch/Tea Party construct…
    Even if the trajectory is alarming…

    1. The United States of America STILL commands the stage ….

      Which is my argument against ALL the Bull Shit Balanced Budget stuff…
      A balanced budget is a goal
      But in these times unobtainable

  2. Yes.. a little bit of deficit is just borrowing from next year.. which could be good economics.. in good times at least..

  3. A balanced budget in the short term is theoretically possible (assuming Ron Paul types win in all congressional races), but it would absolutely devastate the economy.

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