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Our Surplus Of Partisan Hacks

The recent Bowles-Simpson deficit commission turned out to be a joke. Now we have the Republicans on the commission charged with determining the causes of the 2008 financial crisis jumping ship and preemptively releasing their own report, without the Democratic and independent members of the commission.

In assessing the origins of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the Republican commissioners urged that several phrases be banned from the commission's final report, including "Wall Street," reports Shahien Nasiripour. Among the partisan oddities contained in the Republican commissioners' own report is a call for deficit reduction. Maybe they got confused about which commission they were on.

Perhaps there's consolation in the fact that both of these commissions were arguably set up to fail, stacked with enough partisan hacks to doom them from the get-go. But that's small consolation.

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