Deficit Chiefs Unveil Plan, With New Tax Holiday

Plan would raise retirement age, cut tax exemptions
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2010 9:46 AM CST
President Barack Obama's Debt Commission co-chairmen, Erskine Bowles right, and former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles formally unveiled their 59-page plan to cut the deficit yesterday, and it’s much the same as the draft proposal floated a few weeks back. The pair, who co-chair President Obama’s deficit reduction commission, want to raise the Social Security retirement age, cut Medicare, Medicaid and defense spending, eliminate a huge swath of common tax breaks, and cut 200,000 government jobs—all while limiting government revenues.

“Deep down, every American knows we face a moment of truth,” the pair write. “We cannot play games or put off hard choices any longer.” The new draft has a few new features, including a proposed payroll tax holiday in 2011 intended to boost employment. The full 18-member deficit commission will vote on the plan Friday. They’re expected to reject it, but it will likely still shape the impending deficit debate, the Wall Street Journal predicts.

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