Some fiscal hawks are skeptical that either party is willing to make the unpopular decisions necessary to restore the country to fiscal health. "On the Republican side, the concern over deficits doesn't seem to dampen the appetite for tax cuts, even though tax cuts can contribute to the deficit," said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a bipartisan advocacy group dedicated to deficit reduction.
On the Democratic side, Bixby said, "The spending cuts proposed usually are fairly small. When you look at the budget dynamics, that really isn't where the problem is. And I really don't see or hear Democrats talking about the entitlement programs," meaning Social Security and Medicare.