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Nov 15, 2011

I loved to take on the ideological extremists on both sides when I was in the Senate and took a helluva lot of grief from the special interests passionately defending the sacred cows I dared to brand. But I never lost an election. That is an important lesson that I shared with the committee members. People admire guts and courage. They may fight you. They may vilify you. But they will admire you.

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Oct 22, 2011

We've spent a quarter-century undoing the smart, simple tax reforms of 1986.
Here's to hoping Washington can act like its old self before it's too late.

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Oct 2, 2011

As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (widely known as the “supercommittee”) begins its work, many have asked what we would counsel based on our work last year as co-chairmen of the president’s fiscal commission. We can summarize this advice in seven words: Go big, be bold and be smart.

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Aug 5, 2011

Alan K. Simpson seems to be missing that little voice that stops most people from saying everything they think. That means he’s forever making his friends as angry with him as his enemies. A Republican who represented Wyoming in the U.S. Senate from 1979-97, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s federal debt commission, urging fellow conservatives to set aside their opposition to all taxes and liberals to abandon the idea that entitlements can’t be touched. As Congress launches a new bipartisan “super committee” charged with finding more than a trillion dollars in savings—a provision in the just-passed debt deal—BBW asked Simpson to size up their unenviable task.

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Aug 3, 2011

"The problem with the plan is that it’s just a step forward; it isn’t a solution... [M]ore tough work will be necessary..."

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Aug 3, 2011

Even after taking the country to the brink of economic disaster, our leaders in Washington still could not forge a broad, bipartisan consensus on a plan to stabilize the debt...While I hope we have avoided an immediate downgrade in our credit rating by avoiding a default, the threat of a downgrade hasn't gone away if we don't go a lot further than this deal did in tackling our debt.

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Aug 2, 2011

The bigger, more far-reaching and more comprehensive we made our plan, the more support we received from our members.

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Jul 29, 2011

CNN invited prominent former leaders and policymakers to offer their advice on the debt crisis standoff in Washington, including Moment of Truth co-chair Alan Simpson.

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Jul 26, 2011

He understands that in order to move our country forward, both political parties have to be willing to find a middle ground. It takes a lot of guts to put your name on a compromise proposal that your traditional supporters may not love. But that’s what principled compromise is, and that’s what America needs right now.

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Jul 20, 2011

The proposal by the Gang of Six makes many important contributions to the ongoing discussions about how to fix the budget situation, starting with the fact that they have demonstrated that there is broad, bipartisan support for a serious, comprehensive plan to deal with our nation’s debt. But perhaps the most significant contribution is their tax reform plan, which is breathtaking in its boldness and has the potential to unleash significant economic growth.