Obama will ignore them once again.
The Campaign to Fix the Debt, founded by Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson, on Thursday will announce a dramatic increase in its drive to mobilize corporate and grass-roots support for Congress to make tough choices on the rising federal debt, including paid advertising and a growing movement in the states.
The group has raised more than $35 million since July, from corporations, CEOs, foundations and individuals.
…Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, said: “It’s clearly going to be difficult — and so many special interests are going to line up against any of the hard choices that are in the deal — that there needs to be broad-based support built in favor of putting in place this kind of a fix.”
MacGuineas said Simpson and Bowles have continued to give speeches around the country since their debt commission’s report was released in December 2010.
Obama created the ‘deficit commission” and then ignored their suggestions to rein in his spending.
“It’s sort of like the Pied Pipers of budget reform,” she said. “Once they’ve talked to an audience, those folks are bought hook, line and sinker into the notion that not only do we need to do this but we can do this. People come away fired up, from business leaders to civic leaders to town hall meetings. They really have left us a slew of informed people across the country … I’ve actually walked in the airport with Al Simpson, and people come up and start talking to him about entitlement reform.”
Here’s a link to their site…