Just saw Peter Orszag, Obama’s former OMB director, claim the White House abandoned the Simpson-Bowles plan because it had no chance of passing Congress.
That may be, but that’s a bullshit answer. There was, believe it or not, growing bipartisan consensus about the Simpson-Bowles plan that, while imperfect, it was a sober and constructive road map to economic sanity.
Obama mentioned it only in passing. Had he pushed it I’d have little doubt he’d coast to a second term. It would’ve shown a seriousness that the president has lacked concerning the deficit.
You can’t blame everything on the “party of no.”