Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at a meeting of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform at the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday, December 1, 2010.(Chet Susslin)
Everyone agrees: Government spending needs to be curbed. But what needs to be cut, and by how much? Answering this question could consume the attention of Congress for the better part of the next two years -- but probably shouldn't if members know what's good for them.
Video by Theresa Poulson, with photos by Getty Images contributed to this article.