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National Debt +Fiscal Landing Page

Behind the rhetoric over the federal deficit is the reality of a problem that must be dealt with, and questions abound: Will Washington avoid an economic train wreck? Will Social Security and Medicare take big hits? This page breaks down the issues with proposals, tools and viewpoints.

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National Debt Toolbox

Your Guide to Understanding the National Debt, From A-Z

The key terms you need to know, plus answers to frequently asked questions.

OK, Smarty-pants: You Balance the Federal Budget

Play our interactive game to close the gap. It may not be as easy as you think.

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The Plans

Obama Plan III

Obama's newest plan would spare Social Security and raise taxes on millionaires.

Gang of Six Plan

This bipartisan Senate plan targets Social Security and Medicare.

Obama Plan II

Obama pushes 'grand bargain' that would cut $4 trillion from the budget over 10 years.

Obama Plan I

“I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program," Obama says.

Ryan Plan

House GOP plan targets Medicare, Medicaid, and health care reform law.

Obama Panel

Commission offers plan that would raise Medicare premiums and retirement age.

Points of View

Time to Restore Fiscal Sanity

"Our political process is broken," writes David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States.

Where AARP Stands

You’ve Earned a Say in the Future of Medicare and Social Security

Tell Washington how you would strengthen these programs for the long term.

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