I loved to take on the ideological extremists on both sides when I was in the Senate and took a helluva lot of grief from the special interests passionately defending the sacred cows I dared to brand. But I never lost an election. That is an important lesson that I shared with the committee members. People admire guts and courage. They may fight you. They may vilify you. But they will admire you.
We applaud the Mayor's forward thinking remarks that ask everyone to look for budget cuts and revenues to bring about a bold plan that will get this country out of the recession and back on the path to prosperity. We hope that the Members of the Select Committee and leaders in Congress listen to his advice.
"These next two weeks will tell us a lot about whether Washington is capable of moving our country forward. I’m an optimist – so I’m hopeful that members of the Super Committee will recognize that this moment isn’t about what the party leadership will say or how a party faction will vote or what impact it will have on the next election. It’s about our future. And it’s about having the courage to do right by our children. America’s greatest moments have come when Washington has risen above politics as usual – and worked together to solve the toughest problems. Not as party loyalists – but as loyal Americans."
In an era of high political tension, the letter made public by one hundred members of the House is a courageous display of bipartisanship that represents, we hope, a turning point in the debate over how best to deal with the nation's fiscal challenges. For too long, budget issues have divided the parties, not unified them. This letter shows there is a strong bipartisan core of rank-and-file members in the House ready to deal robustly with our budget problems, and deal with them now.
We believe that there is a real chance this super committee will put politics aside and pull together not pull apart. If you do, we’re confident the future of this country will be very bright and we can withstand any blow that comes our way. And if we don't, we think America could become a second rate power in our lifetime, and the opportunities our children will have will for the first time in American history, be less than those experienced by their parents. The national interest, not special interests, must prevail.
We've spent a quarter-century undoing the smart, simple tax reforms of 1986.
Here's to hoping Washington can act like its old self before it's too late.
The Super Committee already has its work cut out for it in its quest to recommend $1.2 -- $1.5 trillion in savings. Fortunately, Go Big can boost their chances of success while also setting the country on a path to a sustainable fiscal future.
As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (widely known as the “supercommittee”) begins its work, many have asked what we would counsel based on our work last year as co-chairmen of the president’s fiscal commission. We can summarize this advice in seven words: Go big, be bold and be smart.
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson joined Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, at a press conference on Monday, September 12, to help release a letter urging the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to "Go Big" and exceed it's mandate of finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction. The letter was signed by more than 60 business leaders, former government officials, and various budget and economic experts, including the Fiscal Commission co-chairs, and came just a day before the first public hearing of the Select Committee. At the hearing, the message gained momentum, as Senator John Kerry called for the committee to "go big, go long, and go smart," while Congressman Chris Van Hollen mentioned the letter explicitly.
Today, more than 60 business leaders, economists, and former government officials from across the political spectrum have joined with us in signing onto a letter urging the Select Committee to "Go Big" and exceed its mandate in order to truly address our nation's fiscal challenges.Big problems demand big solutions. And if ever there were a big problem it would be our pending fiscal crisis. The Select Committee is tasked with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction - and the focus must be on "at least," given the deep hole we are currently in.