Former Senator Appeals To Youth On Deficit Reduction

Dec 9, 2012
Originally published on December 9, 2012 2:36 pm
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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The recent budget negotiations in Washington have involved a lot of gangs.

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MARTIN: Then...

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MARTIN: And now there's a different gang in Washington.

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MARTIN: OK. Let's back up for a second. That, of course, is the biggest song of the year, "Gangnam Style" by Psy. I mean, this song is so huge a group of Washington policy wonks are using it. I'm talking about the Campaign to Fix the Debt which includes one half of Washington's anti-deficit-duo; that would be former Senator Alan Simpson. He's 81 years old and he has a message for all the youngsters out there.

ALAN SIMPSON: Stop Instagramming your breakfast and tweeting your First World problems, and getting on YouTube so you can see "Gangnam Style".

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MARTIN: In his YouTube video, Senator Simpson was trying to appeal to younger Americans to use social media to promote deficit reduction. The Can Kicks Back is the name of his latest initiative - as in, no more kicking the can down the road. And this guy is so serious about the budget, he's willing to do almost anything, even dance Gangnam Style dance.

SIMPSON: The Lasso again and then the Horseback. The horse, horse, get on the way the cowboys ride. The cowboys ride...

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