Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 9, 2012

Deficit hawks talk tough on taxes, spending cuts

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“Our country faces the most predictable economic crisis in history, and it’s also the most avoidable," he said. "Our deficit is like a cancer, killing this country from within.”

Simpson criticized interest groups, including the American Association of Retired Persons. He called for tort reform, cited issues with Medicare and agreed with Bowles that the Pentagon pours too much money into obsolete military schools and bases.

“Leaders have to take a lot of flack, and that’s what’s gotten us into this situation — leaders trying to please everyone,” he said.

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Details for this story were reported by The Norman, Okla., Transcript

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