Public Goals, Private Interests in Debt Campaign


What has come over The New York Times for publishing the piece Public Goals, Private Interests in Debt Campaign.

In Washington’s running battles over taxes and spending, Mr. McCrery and his colleagues at Fix the Debt have lent a public-spirited, elder-statesman sheen to the cause of deficit reduction. Leading up to the fiscal negotiations, they set up grass-roots chapters around the country, met with President Obama and his aides, and hosted private breakfasts for lawmakers on Capitol Hill. In recent days, Fix the Debt has redoubled its efforts, starting a new national advertising campaign and calling on Mr. Obama and Congress to revise the tax code and reduce long-term spending on entitlement programs.

But in the weeks ahead, many of the campaign’s members will be juggling their private interests with their public goals: they are also lobbyists, board members or executives for corporations that have worked aggressively to shape the contours of federal spending and taxes, including many of the tax breaks that would be at the heart of any broad overhaul. While Fix the Debt criticized the recent fiscal deal between Mr. Obama and lawmakers, saying it did not do enough to cut spending or close tax loopholes, companies and industries linked to the organization emerged with significant victories on taxes and other policies.

This is the kind of information that The New York Times usually tries to hide when they get on some political kick to convince us to do something that is not in our own best interests.  How did they let this article escape?

Of course it has been obvious for a long time that Simpson-Bowles has an agenda that does not align with the needs of the other 98% of us.  Even the 2% will eventually rue the day that they get what they are pushing for.  Apparently these people learn nothing from the history of the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution.  That lesson being that if you do manage to monopolize the wealth and income through manipulation of the government, evenutally the people will get so fed up they will just do away with your government.

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