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James Parks – Report: Deficit Commission Proposals Would Cost 4 Million Jobs

From the AFL-CIO Now Blog:

Report: Deficit Commission Proposals Would Cost 4 Million Jobs

by James Parks, Nov 23, 2010

The deficit reduction plan released last week by the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility shows that this so-called  budget deficit commission shows the commission has run severely off course.

The recommendations issued by co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles would cost 4 million jobs over three years and reduce economic growth by 0.7 percent in 2012, 1.4 percent in 2013 and 1.9 percent in 2014, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

The Simpson-Bowles approach calls for job-killing budget austerity to begin in October 2011, even though most economic forecasters expect unemployment to remain as high as it is today or even increase by then.

Simpson and Bowles also call for deep cuts in Social Security benefits, even though Social Security is not responsible for our long-term budget problem and the public is overwhelmingly opposed to benefit cuts.

Simpson and Bowles also propose more cost-sharing in Medicare. They suggest lowering top income tax rates for the wealthiest Americans and for corporations and eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), while sparing Wall Street from any taxes on bonuses or financial speculation.

Bowles collects $335,000 a year as a director of Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley, and Simpson has called Social Security “a milk cow with 310 million tits.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Simpson and Bowles “just told working Americans to “Drop Dead.”

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