"People get that we have a problem. It's getting people to do anything meaningful about it that's the issue," said Robert Bixby, executive director of the bipartisan Concord Coalition, which has long advocated for more sound fiscal policies. "There are no politically palatable options."
"The premise I'd like to see tested," said Bixby, of the Concord Coalition, "is whether you have to pander to the public. Maybe you do. If that's the case, we're never going to fix the problem."