Solutions For Bringing Down The National Debt

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Ted Koppel, senior news analyst, NPR
Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and former Republican senator from Wyo.

The U.S. debt is over $12 trillion. That's the total amount the U.S. government has borrowed — so far — to pay for everything from programs like Social Security and Medicare, to federal pensions and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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