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In Washington, the "Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction" - aka the Debt Commission or Debt Committee or Super-Congress - is meeting to make recommendations on how to fix the country's debt. But just because Congress has handed over power to twelve representatives doesn't mean that regular folks can't get in on the action as well.

WNYC's It's A Free Country and The Takeaway are convening a People's Debt Committee, made up of listeners and readers from around the country. They'll talk with each other - and you - online and on air to offer their own take on debt, spending, and what can be done to fix our budget.

For City Hospitals, 'Super Committee' Failure is a Pretty Good Option

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Officials and supporters of the nation’s largest public hospital system are calling on Congress's "Super Committee" not to cut Medicaid — and wouldn’t mind if talks collapse altogether.

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Debt Committee Dems Propose First Plan for Cuts

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Democrats on the the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the Super Committee, gave their first proposal to the committee Republicans on Wednesday. The committee is charged with reducing the nation's debt by cutting $1.2 trillion.

Congressional officials, speaking to the Associated Press said the proposed ...

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Meet Congress' Debt Super Committee

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Congress has named the first few picks for the deficit reduction “super committee.” It’s A Free Country takes a look at some of the people charged with determining where to cut $1.5 trillion out of the nations budget over the next ten years.

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Opinion: Congress Embraces Bipartisanship - In Shirking Budget Duty

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Disasters used to be one of the things that weren't used as political footballs, but now almost nothing is sacrosanct. This is much like how the filibuster used to be a weapon of last resort, but is now used on a regular basis in the Senate.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Debt Supercommittee Has a Chance to Correct Years of Bad Policy. Here's How:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shortsighted action on fiscal issues has been standard practice for both the Democratic and Republican parties for over a generation, and it is directly responsible for the fiscal train wreck we're now dealing with.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Three Ways the Parties Can Agree on Reducing the Debt and Saving America

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One might argue that if both sides show a little willingness to buck partisan conventions and negotiate, it would be good for both the budget and approval deficits. But maybe there are places that Dems and the GOP can agree beyond trading away their core values.

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Must Reads: The Deficit Reduction Syllabus

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The deficit reduction "super committee" is set to meet, and so is our own People's Debt Committee. Both groups will hunt for $1.2 trillion in spending cuts, and we've put together a list of required reading for anyone who wants the government to save money. Take a look, add your suggested reading list in the comments page, and stay tuned to more from the People's Debt Committee.

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Opinion: Put Mark Warner on the Debt Supercommittee!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mark Warner knows that even if the supercommittee cuts the $1.5 trillion is has been tasked to cut, it just plain isn't enough. We need to lower long-term entitlement spending and get some work done on tax reform to bring in more revenue.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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