But the "Buffett rule" represents the exact opposite of Simpson-Bowles. By talking as if America could balance its books by squeezing the rich, Obama is pushing the notion of what Hodge called "free government" -- unrestrained entitlement spending, fewer taxpayers and a bigger bite on working families. In the "Buffett rule" world, a large chunk of voters know that no matter how big government grows, they won't have to pay for it.
It's not fair. It's not in the best interests of the country. It's just good politics, in the worst sense.