Washington (CNNMoney.com) - Cut. Don't cut. Tax more. Don't tax more. Reform Social Security. Don't touch Social Security benefits. Don't act too soon to reduce the deficit. Don't wait too long.
And whatever happens, do no harm to the most vulnerable in society.
That's just a taste of the recommendations presented to President Obama's bipartisan fiscal commission this week during a marathon public listening session focused on how to put the federal budget on a sustainable track and reduce the growth rate in U.S. debt.
In all, 75 speakers representing think tanks, nonpartisan grassroots organizations, trade associations and advocacy groups from the right and left spoke during the seven-hour meeting. A handful of concerned citizens contributed their two trillion cents, too.