National Debt Commission Final Report... No Formal Vote, Yet Compelling Voice

December 3, 2010


by Diane W. Collins


National Debt Commission - Final Meeting

Humor, Wit, Courage... is bipartisan.

Today, the National Debt Commission more formally, The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform held a final meeting to vote on the recommendations of the co-chairs, Alan Simpson (R) and Erskine Bowles (D). You can download and read the entire 59 page report here (pdf). We suggest you do. This bipartisan report is perhaps what the American people have been looking for all this time. Courage... yes, courage to look our looming demise straight in the eye, grab hold of it and take action.


"No sacred cows" is a term that has been used to describe the report's recommendations in cutting spending and getting control over the deficit. Perhaps that is why a formal vote on the final product was not taken. In the end, there were those who, in their "pursuit of perfection" could not support some piece or portion of the report. The fourteen of eighteen votes needed to bring the recommendations to the floor of Congress during this lame duck session did not appear. It is said, eleven bipartisan votes for the report were anticipated.


That doesn't mean the recommendations of The National Debt Commission can't be brought to the floor during the 112th Congress. In fact, we must support this endeavor. It will make a good starting point for what some call the politically devastating yet imperative conversation we must have regarding our national debt. It is then we will see, who serves himself or the American people... more


Following the lame duck session of the 111th Congress, The Weekly Wrap will examine the Debt Commission's final report and offer suggestions for moving the conversation forward. For now, enjoy the video snippets of the Commission showing their diverse nature, wit, humor, and the ability to honor differences. All will be necessary in meeting the gargantuan task ahead.


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