December 9, 2010 |
Amid wrangling over an expensive tax measure, the co-chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan fiscal commission called on the White House and lawmakers to begin seriously tackling the nation's deficit challenge in the new year. Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and ex-Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, who led the 18-member Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, met Thursday morning with Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to discuss the panel's final report, issued last week.
November 14, 2010 |
With dismal frequency, popular panics sweep across our social or political landscapes, filling the airwaves and the halls of Congress with irrational fears. Healthcare "death panels," a president's supposed foreign birth ? and now, the federal deficit. Last week, deficit panic gave birth to a set of harsh proposals for federal budget cuts and tax changes from the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a bipartisan 18-member panel created this year by President Obama and congressional leaders.
October 10, 2004 |
When he stopped by Craven Community College to campaign for votes last week, Erskine Bowles, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, was deep in Jesse Helms country. The 18- to 20-year-olds in his audience had grown up flanked by tobacco farms and military installations. The college has a vibrant Bible Club, but when a teacher tried to form a group to oppose the war in Iraq, he couldn't round up enough students to qualify as a club under school rules.
November 1, 2002 |
Evidence of the anxieties roiling this country town was as near as the headline announcing another factory shutdown, spelling 97 more layoffs in a region where the mood this week seemed as leaden as the chill autumn sky. News of plans to close the Alcatel plant, which manufactures fiber-optic wire in nearby Claremont, delivered another belly blow to Catawba County, which during the last two years has endured a series of cutbacks in furniture, textiles and fiber optics.
March 29, 2002 |
For weeks, Republicans hammered at Democratic Senate candidate Erskine Bowles for avoiding links to his former boss, President Clinton. Now those attacks will be a little harder to make. New TV ads airing this week show Bowles, a former White House chief of staff, with his old boss. The 30-second spots tout Bowles' part in the government's response to the April 19, 1995, bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
October 4, 2001 |
Erskine Bowles, a White House chief of staff during the Clinton administration, jumped into the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, the second nationally known candidate to vie for the seat being relinquished by Sen. Jesse Helms. Bowles, a 56-year-old Charlotte, N.C., merchant banker, said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon prompted him to reconsider an earlier decision not to seek elected office.