Social Security And Medicare Trust Funds' Lives Shortened By Bad Economy

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President Barack Obama speaks about fiscal policy at George Washington University on April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama's address

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Can it be brought under control? Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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How A Government Shutdown Would Play Out

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Come on back, he says. Mandel Ngan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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