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Posted at 9:43 AM ET, 02/20/2011

Worst Week in Washington: The President's debt commission

By Chris Cillizza

The fight over spending and deficits broke out from Washington to Wisconsin this past week with the debate centering over what -- and how much -- to cut.

Largely forgotten in the skirmishing were the proposals of President Obama's debt commission, which was co-chaired by Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.).

As we write in today's "Worst Week in Washington" column:

"When President Obama delivered his budget to Congress on Monday, there were few of the debt-slashing proposals, including cutting Social Security spending, reduced the mortgage interest tax deduction and reforming Medicare and Medicaid, that the commission's proposal had recommended."
"Asked at a Tuesday news conference about the discrepancy between the fiscal commission report and his budget, President Obama punted."

You can read the full piece here.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 20, 2011; 9:43 AM ET
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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