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Alan Simpson: 'Cialis Solution' Will Force Lawmakers To Act On Debt

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Former GOP senator and renowned champion of austerity Alan Simpson has turned to a popular erectile dysfunction pill to craft his latest metaphor on the need for Congress to address the nation's growing debt.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Simpson said he's waiting for Capitol Hill to be hit by the so-called “Cialis solution,” a term he credits to his debt commission co-pilot, former Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles.

“When it’s ready, it’ll be ready,” he told the Daily Beast.

And Congress will have little choice but to act, Simpson predicted. If they don't do something before the end of 2012, the Bush tax cuts will expire across the board and spending cut triggers will be enforced, a pair of actions that the CBO has warned could send the nation off a "fiscal cliff."

In classic fashion, Simpson then went on to say that lawmakers would have to get their hands dirty with cuts to entitlement programs.

“If someone says, we can get you out of this box without touching precious Medicare, precious Medicaid, precious Social Security, or precious defense, someone ought to just say, ‘You’re a fake. You’re a phony,’” Simpson claimed.

Simpson has frequently employed strange and at times vulgar metaphors throughout the course of his latest career move as an adviser on debt and deficit solutions.

One of his most popular targets has been Social Security, or as he's called it, a "milk cow with 310 million tits." In a recent profanity-laced letter to a "wretched group of seniors" who had taken issue with his plan to enact Social Security cuts and raise the retirement age, Simpson accused the "greedy geezers" of "shoveling bullshit" about the fiscal health of the program.

This week, Simpson wrote an angry letter to The Huffington Post responding to a blog post that had taken issue with his language in that letter. In it, he accused the authors of feeding people "bullshit and mush" about the future of Social Security.

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