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But of Course: Deficit Reduction Commission Asks for More Funding

By Doug Powers  •  June 5, 2010 11:52 AM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

From TaxProf by way of Instapundit, I’m scribbling this hunk of paradox and irony down in the script I’m working on for the movie Dr. Strangelove II or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Laugh at Hope & Change:

Saddled with a tight deadline and great expectations, members of President Obama’s deficit reduction commission say they may not have the resources necessary to meet their task.

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which the president created through an executive order in February, is charged with developing a plan by December 1 that would stabilize the budget deficit by 2015 and reduce the federal debt over the long term. The group is widely expected to consider a combination of tax reforms and spending cuts.

But despite the weighty demands, the panel has only a fraction of the staff and budget of standing congressional committees. The panel’s own cochairs and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have criticized the meager resources and called for more support.

Reid on May 28 sent a letter to the White House asking for additional staff resources to aid the commission. In the letter, Reid said the commission’s cochairs, former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan K. Simpson, “expressed concern that the commission could use additional support to help it work more effectively.” Reid said Bowles and Simpson characterized their staff resources as “very limited.” Reid sent the letter following a May 26 meeting with Bowles and Simpson.

What are the odds that anybody on the Deficit Reduction Commission will recognize that they’re being derelict in their assigned duties if their first recommendation isn’t to eliminate the Deficit Reduction Commission? I didn’t think so.

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

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