Democratic Offer Stands Well to the Right of Bowles-Simpson and Gang of 6

October 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

We released a brief analysis this morning of the new proposal from a majority of Democrats on Congress’ deficit-reduction “supercommittee.”  Here’s the opening:

The new deficit-reduction plan from a majority of Democrats on the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “supercommittee”) marks a dramatic departure from traditional Democratic positions — and actually stands well to the right of plans by the co-chairs of the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson commission and the Senate’s “Gang of Six,” and even further to the right of the plan by the bipartisan Rivlin-Domenici commission.  The Democratic plan contains substantially smaller revenue increases than those bipartisan proposals while, for example, containing significantly deeper cuts in Medicare and Medicaid than the Bowles-Simpson plan. The Democratic plan features a substantially higher ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases than any of the bipartisan plans.

Although the new plan thus moves considerably closer to Republican positions than any of the bipartisan plans, Republicans have been quick to reject it.  This rejection likely dooms chances that Congress will be able to pass a big, bipartisan plan.  The counter-offer by Republican members of the supercommittee, reflecting little or no movement on tax increases and calling for even deeper spending cuts than in the Democratic plan — including severe Medicaid cuts that would impose significant harm on low-income children, parents, and elderly and disabled people — appears to leave little room for progress.

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    I don’t understand “blue-dog” dems. The political dynamics is strange.
    Clearly, they have no principles or scruples, or they would join the Repub party. that’s O.K., but they also act contrary to their own self-interest. How do they get away with running Democrat and voting Republican. Real Democrats won’t vote for them, but neither will real Republicans of the Teaparty ilk. Do they win reelection because the big corporations that own them flood their districts with cash to buy negative aids against their opponents??? While they lie about their record to the voters.

    we need someone who is a smart political scientist to explain the mechanisms of their great success while every word they say is a lie. Ignore that they are morally and intellectually evil. Just in mechanical terms, what is their secret??

  2. pat davis #

    there is a misconception that if democrats act liek republicans they will ge republicans to vote for them.

    it is bad logic.

    How come you never hear anyone say the gop must move to the middle like you hear them say about Democrats. They do not move there agenda they convience the middle to move toward them.

    Dems need to do the same explain why the left is Correct make the middle shift left.

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