This is from Washington Post opinion writer, Matt Miller:
|In little-noticed remarks a few weeks ago, Bowles suggested that the long-term goal the commission should adopt for federal spending should be 21 percent of gross domestic product. This sounds like a bookkeeping matter. But Bowles' goal would end progressive ambition, ratify America's declining competitiveness and bury the American dream. |
Why? For starters, federal spending under Ronald Reagan averaged 22 percent of GDP. Under Bowles's view, therefore, the outer limits of the Democratic Party's 21st-century aspirations would be to run government at a size smaller than did a 20th-century conservative icon.
The Deficit Commission is a sham. It is opaque and being run by a group of demogogues who want to dismantle social supports and much of the public sector for the private gain of a few. They should be opposed aggressively.
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