Ghosts Of Debts Past, Present And FutureBorrowing from the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, NPR examines the predicament of the nation's ever-growing debt and the choices to be made if Congress is to get serious about controlling it.
The co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson (right), listen to President Obama deliver a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House. The commission will release its report on how to reduce the nation's debt this week.
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President Johnson (center) signs the Medicare Act in 1965 as former President Harry Truman (right) looks on. Now the cost of Medicare threatens to crush the federal budget.
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