Former Senator Alan Simpson, a co-chair of President Obama's deficit commission, repeatedly misrepresented the commission in a column in the Washington Post. (It is possible that the piece was co-authored by Simpson's co-chair, Erskine Bowles, a Director of Morgan Stanley. The Post's identification says, "the writers were co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.")

The article repeatedly refers to the deficit commission's report and recommendations. This is not true. The commission did not produce a report and never even voted on one. The column is presumably referring to the report of the co-chairs. This report was never submitted for a vote because it did not have the support of the necessary majority.