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Boehner fails "bogusity" test


One pretty good rule in making public policy proposals is this: If you're going to cite a source in support of your plan, first confirm that your source actually does support your plan.

Republican budgeteer, John Boehner, recently put a new deficit reduction proposal on the table, asserting that it incorporated the numbers of a plan put forth earlier by budget expert Erskine Bowles, a Democrat. Aha, gloated the GOP leader to Barack Obama as he plopped down this bit of budgetary bipartisanship – Gotcha!

Uh... not quite. Bowles promptly retorted that his numbers were not really a plan, but were simply "back-of-the-envelope" ideas, addin...