Behind the scenes

As Digby points out, everything you see happening right now is about the Grand Bargain.

Someone sent me this today, and it involves the usual Third Way/neocon suspects:

Dear Friends,
Tomorrow at 2:00 PM at the National Press Club we will be launching The Campaign to Fix the Debt.  This unprecedented coalition will mobilize business, civic and thought leaders from both parties, and people across America, in support of a comprehensive debt deal.  The campaign will make clear the consequences of not enacting such a plan, and educate the country about the benefits of dealing with these challenges responsibly and thoughtfully.


The launch of The Campaign to Fix the Debt will include remarks by Co-Founder Erskine Bowles, as well as from our Co-Chairmen, Judd Gregg and Edward Rendell, among several other supporters and allies.  See below for a full list of participants in tomorrow’s event.


We hope you can join us at the event.  If not, we encourage you to go to find out more about the campaign or tune into C-SPAN 3 to watch the launch live at 2:00 PM.


WHO:         Erskine Bowles, Co-Founder, The Campaign to Fix the Debt
Dave Cote, Chairman & CEO, Honeywell
Senator Judd Gregg, Co-Chair, The Campaign to Fix the Debt
Maya MacGuineas, President, The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Senator Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman, The Concord Coalition; Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Nuclear Threat Initiative
Pete Peterson, Founder and Chairman, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation


Steven Rattner, Chairman, Willett Advisors
Governor Ed Rendell, Co-Chair, The Campaign to Fix the Debt
Alice Rivlin, Former Director, OMB; Founding Director, CBO
Paul Stebbins, Executive Chairman, World Fuel Services
Ambassador Bob Zoellick, former President of the World Bank
WHEN:       Tuesday, July 17th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET


WHERE:      Zenger Room, The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th
                    Floor, Washington, DC 20045

2 Responses to Behind the scenes

  1. Imhotep July 17, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    We’re going to get a Grand Bargain. You can take that to the bank. The issue is what gets cut and how much gets cut? The answers to those questions depends on who is elected in November. If Obama is re-elected and the Republicans are soundly defeated, every man and woman of them, then the Grand Bargin will end up benefiting the 99%. If Mr. 1% and the Republicans prevail then the 1% will get richer and the 99% will sink deeper into enslavement. This is NOT the election to support ANY 3rd party candidate. That’s the reality of the thing.

  2. dandy July 17, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I believe that if Obama gets a 2nd term, I’d have to agree that the “Grand Bargain” will, indeed, be beneficial for the 99%. Given Obama’s already sound legacy that will be preserved on the basis of his passing the Supreme Court tested Affordable Care Act (which, btw, can now only be improved in the future), I don’t believe for a moment that he’d complete a presidency that severely hurts the middle class.

    I see him doing everything he can to leave office with an FDR-type legacy as his calling card for future presidents to admire. He recently said soimething to the effect that Congress would have no appetite to continue to fight/obstruct him in a 2nd term as they have done in his first term. And, I believe him.

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