Erskine Bowles: Obama’s political team convinced him to ditch fiscal commission

Erskine Bowles said he was as shocked as anyone to find out that Obama had ditched his own presidential fiscal commission. He said that he believes that Obama’s Chicago political team convinced Obama to let Paul Ryan go first so that he, coming after, would look like the reasonable one.

But Bowles said he fully expected it to be in the State of the Union, especially after the commission came up with exactly what Obama had asked for in their preparations. And while all the investments that Obama talked about in the SOTU he agreed with, Bowles said that by leaving out the fiscal commission Obama failed to underscore how the investments needed to be done in a fiscal manner.

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