Paul Krugman send us to Bob Greenstein:
Asterisks: The Gall: “I’m very frustrated by the debate in the media over this,” [Greenstein] told [Ezra Klein]. “The whole discussion starts from the following assumption: The president had a fiscal commission, they stepped up to the plate, identified the big changes, and he walked away. The assumption was wrong. Simpson-Bowles was one big magic asterisk.
And Paul comments:
Indeed. Simpson-Bowles was, essentially, a Disappearing Zonkers Trick. And like the Ryan plan, which I also described that way, it does not deserve respect