OK. Let’s admit it. Prez O’s deficit-cutting commission is a blogger’s wet dream come true. There is something in the commission’s recommendations for everyone to hate — and to opine about.
Hey, I did it earlier this week: “Homer Simpson and Cutting the Deficit.”
Now comes Paul Krugman in his NYT opinion column, “The Hijacked Commission.” Admittedly, Krugman has a bigger megaphone than I do. But he voices some of the same concerns. To wit:
We’ve known for a long time, then, that nothing good would come from the commission. But on Wednesday, when the co-chairmen released a PowerPoint outlining their proposal, it was even worse than the cynics expected.
And then Krugman talks about the co-chairman of the commission — which includes
Homer Alan Simpson.
My misgivings increased as we got a better feel for the views of the commission’s co-chairmen. It soon became clear that Erskine Bowles, the Democratic co-chairman, had a very Republican-sounding small-government agenda. Meanwhile, Alan Simpson, the Republican co-chairman, revealed the kind of honest broker he is by sending an abusive e-mail to the executive director of the National Older Women’s League in which he described Social Security as being “like a milk cow with 310 million tits.”
Social Security being “like a milk cow with 310 tits.” Gee, Alan, thoughtful note to the executive director of the National Older Women’s League.
I wonder what Homer Simpson would say to that?