The Deficit Dilemma

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Raising the Social Security retirement age to 69, a revamp of the tax code and increasing the gas tax by 2013 are just a few of the ideas already on the table to reduce the deficit. Illinois Congresswoman and presidential commission deficit task force member Jan Schakowsky offers her view as a progressive Democrat on how to get us out of the red. Plus: The Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett on the inner-circle of Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo; Liza Bakewell, linguist and author of the book Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun; and New York Times columnist David Leonhardt on the NYT’s "budget puzzle.”