May 25th, 2012
05:59 PM ET

Simpson: 'Show me a guy who won't compromise and I'll show you a guy with rock for brains'

All this on GPS Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

On Fareed Zakaria GPS this week: Why China will slow – not because of its failures but because of its success. Should Russia move its capital from Moscow? And all-star GPS political panel on Obama v. Romney: Bill Keller, Peggy Noonan, Chrystia Freeland and Ross Douthat.

Also: What happens when a Democrat and a Republican put their heads together to fix America's deficit? It's called the Simpson-Bowles plan – Fareed speaks to former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, the men behind it.

Simpson has some strong words about his fellow Republicans: "You can't cut spending your way out of this hole. You can't grow your way out of this hole and you can't tax your way out of this hole. So put that in your pipe and smoke it. ... If you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise. ... Show me a guy who won't compromise and I'll show you a guy with rock for brains."

Watch more in the video above and from these show clips.

Bowles on believing in Simpson-Bowles' future:

Simpson on Romney and tax cuts:

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  1. Pete

    Sen.Simpson is from the old school of politics,the bipartisan reach across the aisle type,he won't be reelected,not if the teabaggers have anything to do about it.He's truthfull talking about everyone working together being as one,bipartisan,not the new regime if you're not from my party don't ask for help,ya won't get any party,the teabaggin republicans,the party of "NO".Sen.Simpson is much like Sen.OlympiaSnow and she's so sick of this obstructionistic behavior,she's retiring,there's no fun in it any more she once said..It's the changing of the guard and the new recruits are thick headed,teabaggin goons being manipulated by corporate money not caring about how it affects the average citizen as long as the recruit gets what he wants,his reward of sorts from his handlers.Their obstruction is profittable,stopping the Democrates are making corporations richer and that translates into higher lobbying kickbacks making a once lowly senator or representative ,if he or she has no scrupules or ethics,into a millionaire in no time.The old sentinels will leave their echos of patriotism on capital hill when they retire on their terms,not the teabaggers...

    May 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Unfortunately this economic crisis has also created a new generation of nihilists left and right. While the teabaggers are against the Obama-Administration out of partisan ideology, the other activists believe the establishment is corrupt and must be destroyed in order to rebuild a new, just society. I'm afraid politics in the Congress will be getting more and more edgy.

      May 26, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
      • Anthony Ciotti

        I see where you are coming from, but your phrasing, or logic is flawed. These "other activists" do not just believe the system is corrupt, it is. Your phrasing suggests that you "believe" or know differently then there being corruption in our system, there by be-littleing the FACT that there is corruption. And the belief that it "must be destroyed in order to rebuild a new, just society"... Welcome to America and what our forfathers ideology was. As a matter of fact, almost every nation has been established so, with or without blood, such as Iceland who recently just had a bloodless overthrow of the corruption of their banking and political system.

        May 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  2. Peter Sperry

    Alan Simpson who was a Senatorial leader or major participant in almost all of the "bipartisan" agreements that dug us into the current fiscal mess, now pours venom on those who have lost confidence in yet another tax more today and promise to cut spending sometime, maybe, when the time is right in the next century. If he had demonstrated as Senator, one percent of the level of fiscal discipline he pretends to embrace now, we would not be in the situation we are in now.

    May 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
  3. Anthony Ciotti

    This is to Fareed directly... will you so called "experts" stop bickering about infantile symtom's of our economic system. I've posted similar things to you before... and I see you are all still quabiling over the same stuff. All you people do is cry about which band-aid to put on which boo-boo. Here is the "Big" overall problem with Capitalism iself. Using a tool such as "money", currency, creates a closed system in which we channel everything! And I do mean everything, when was the last time you made a decision without taking your personal finances into account? Do you have enough money to afford it? If you do, how much of your savings will it wipe out if you have any savings, etc? A business needs to build capital (money) before it can procede. Atleast this is tue of doing things the "legal" way... I won't even open the can involving the black markets and such.

    May 27, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
  4. Anthony Ciotti

    For some reason it will not post the rest of this, I have tried multiple times.

    May 27, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
  5. Anthony Ciotti

    Hrmmm, I am not breaking any "Terms of Service", double checked that. The word count's are less then the first part I posted there, and the "Terms of Service" don't state a max entry value. Interesting.

    May 27, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  6. Anthony Ciotti

    Yet these post's go up right away... very interesting... what is setting off a flag in the other posts? The "Terms of Service" say that none of this stuff is pre-screened. "Comments are not pre-screened before they post." That being a direct quote of the small print on the bottom of this form.

    May 27, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  7. ron grande

    i'm really tired of rich ex senators saying that their going to be the ones to help the unfortunate. how mr. simpson will higher interest rates hurt the unfortunate. the unfortunate don't get loans for cars or boats or houses . . . . and they don't get credit cards anymore either. higher interest rates might help those retired with savings, but the unfortunate don't have savings . . . they have social security, medicare, medicaid and foodstamps and maybe a hud voucher. so, your going to cut these programs which will hurt the unfortunate. your so rich, your stupid.

    May 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  8. bill bradbrooke

    Eyes should be on Europe where there are deep divisions, no leadership, and an EMU fiscal policy [austerity] proven wrong here by the Great Depression. What is emerging? Collapse!, moderate at present, but in the absense of firm decisions to create a lender of last resort, it could quickly become cataclysmic. Is there a lesson in this?

    May 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  9. Anthony Ciotti III

    OK here's a URL with the entire thing, including a couple of quick images I made.

    Hopefully you'll read it.

    May 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  10. Ann Romer

    Your interview with Alan Simpson and Erskine Boles was brilliant. How wonderful to see two "real" experts/politicians speak the truth, refreshingly, with expertise and humor. Please replay this segment as often as you can over the next weeks.

    May 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  11. CZ Henderson

    I love these guys! They see the situation for what it is and have a proposal where everyone's ox bleeds but no one's cattle drops dead. If anything, I believe their 10-year projection is too short; I'd put moderate adjustments in-place for 20-to-30 years. Nevertheless, they are right and I hope they get more airtime to explain the Simpson-Bowles recommendations in detail.

    Allen Simpson said the "little guy" would be hurt the most if nothing is done. We need a clear definition of the "little guy" so people know if they qualify. Besides the "poor" (families living on $18,000 year), the low-wage and part-time workers, I suspect the "little guy" includes families making $50,000 year, the worker with about $25,000 in savings, and the retiree living on Social Security with $100,000 in a 401(k). In other words, any family making less than $100,000 or about 60% of the population. The range for "middle class" is anywhere from $30,000 to $200,000 so many people think themselves "middle class." They need to know if the hammer falls it may fall on their necks.

    May 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  12. CZ Henderson

    Here's a thought: On presidential and congressional ballots, add a box for the Simpson-Bowles plan (or another balanced plan that addresses the debt). Voters could ignore the candidates and check the fiscal plan, implying if candidates don't get serious about fiscal change that contains a mix of increased revenue, program cuts, and funds dedicated to reducing the nation's debt then those political candidates won't be in office. Take away their offices, you take away their political influence and their attractiveness to corporate and millionaire donors.

    May 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  13. JAL

    He should not offend those that are just attempting to pray correctly.

    May 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  14. Paul

    I,ve always enjoyed ex_senator Simpsons' postulation. If he could get Rush to shut up, crush his rocks and the Speaker to listen to anybody else; well hell that would restart a bi_partisian conversation. We might be listening for the last time.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:59 am | Reply
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    May 29, 2012 at 2:08 am | Reply
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