February 16, 2011 Alan Simpson, the former Republican senator, said the real fiscal threats are entitlements and defense spending, which should be cut, not programs for low-income Americans. He singled out a Defense Department health insurance program that costs taxpayers $53 billion annually.
December 1, 2010 Obama's fiscal panel's final report was immediately panned as having too few or too many teeth. It included doubling the gas tax, raising the Social Security retirement age and capping discretionary spending.
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