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Supercommittee Co-Chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, right, and Supercommittee member Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., left, welcome Erskine Bowles, second from right and former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, second from left, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, prior to the Supercommittee's hearing where Bowles and Simpson testified.

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Simpson blasts debt impasse

Alan Simpson, the plain-spoken former U.S. senator from Wyoming, said Tuesday the American people see through the tax increases-versus-spending cuts rhetoric that brought the country to the brink of defaulting on its debt and continues to dominate national politics.

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