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October 9, 2012

Bowles, Simpson emphasize sacrifice

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NORMAN —

In his speech, Simpson indicted politics of the U.S. economic crisis, including interest groups and poor leadership for their contributions to the current trajectory of disaster.

“There is no cost containment in our current legislation and there never will be because, when it comes down to it, the leaders will do nothing,” Simpson said. “We’re stuck in a rut with politicians who play Fred Astaire on steroids on every issue.”

Simpson called for tort reform, cited issues with Medicare, described impotence and corruption within the AARP and agreed with Bowles that military spending is hemorrhaging money into military schools and bases that are now obsolete.

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

Overall, Bowles and Simpson maintained that unanimous action, sacrifice and accountability in leadership can and will save the U.S. from succumbing to impending fiscal disaster.

“We got a wide range of bipartisan support for our commission’s plan and we were proud of this,” Bowles said. “They supported it because they believed it was the right thing to do.”

“When we go places, we get an amazing response from people because they’re sick of getting mush and B.S. It’s sad to see people go through that, but we have to hang on, be willing to sacrifice and we’ll get through it,” Simpson said.

 

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