The deficit hysteria is mounting over at Pete Peterson's Kill Medicare & SocSec Shoppe, and Bill Clinton's pal Erskine Bowles wants you to know that even though the commission he co-chairs with MediSocSec hater Alan Simpson is supposed to find some answers, it's just too complicated and they probably won't.
Asked about the prospect of a deadlock, Bowles, sounding reconciled to it already, declared "that won't be victory, but we will have made real progress."
The progress, Bowles said, will come in having educated the American people about the dangers of the deficit. And that, judging from the co-chairs' rhetoric, will involve scaring the heck out of people.
If the federal budget remains on autopilot, "everything you deeply love," Simpson said, muttering something about the "the children and the poor" is "not gonna be there."
Bowles warned that the United States could face actual bankruptcy.
Golly. That's sounds awful. Let's see if we can help them out, shall we?