It would be great if those touting concerns about the deficit were actually interested in having an informed national debate on the economy. But their agenda is to scare millions of voters into giving up the Social Security and Medicare benefits.
As Washington starts batting around the plans to slash the long-range national deficit, one stands out as an especially good acid test of just how far we're willing to go. That's the Ryan-Rivlin plan to end Medicare as we know it.
Deficit reduction plans on the table now are basically government bashing, especially the Bowles-Simpson trial balloon. Yet the media simply doesn't see the ideological take, and they bend over backwards to give credibility to these ideas.
On Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles' to-do list was a cap of government spending at 21 percent of GDP. One can only assume 21 bears some religious significance for them because it makes no sense to have this rule on policy grounds.