“He has not been a proponent of the kind of compromise between the parties that it is probably going to take to get a plan passed. He tries to do it all on the spending side,’’ said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that advocates for reduced debt and entitlement reforms.
“You can do it on paper, if you are just trying to pass something through the Republican House, but actually trying to get things through the Senate, or presenting them to the American people during the election campaign, you are going to get a lot more friction.’’ . . .
“I’d like to say it will lead to a good substantive debate over budget and taxes, but I’m not sure it will,’’ said Bixby, of the Concord Coalition. “There will be a lot of vitriol and a lot of charges of whose plan is going to kill more people, and whose plan is going to drive the nation over the edge.’’