Hi Louise and Thom,Thom has covered most of this and I'm just looking to be brought back from the ledge. That said, the main point is bold and underlined below.There's no moral or economic rationale for assembling a deficit commission or freezing fed. employees when you are willing to extend ANY of the unfunded Bush tax cuts.And... I understand the conventional wisdom that says that you can't raise taxes in a recession. I just don't buy it. Either the deficit is a major problem that we need to reduce at this moment in our recovery, or it's not. And if it is, extending ANY the unfunded tax cuts is absolutely absurd!NO diminishing Soc sec or MedicareNO regressive tax increases on the lower 98% ex gas tax. NO TAX CUTS FOR THE TOP 2% COMING OUT OF A DEFICT COMMISSION!!!!!*%&#!One other point???Assuming that Bernie Sanders is too old and unwilling to challenge Obama in the primaries, I can only hope that Russ Feingold can be convinced to run to win in 2012. Next choice Howard Dean. Other possible progressive candidates?