Who says deficit hawks have to be pessimistic?
Nearly two years ago two prominent bipartisan groups produced comprehensive plans to put the federal budget on a sustainable course. On Monday, at the second forum of the new Strengthening of America initiative, co-sponsored by The Concord Coalition, the four co-chairs of those panels explained how they did it -- and expressed reasonable hopes that elected officials would eventually be able to do so as well.
Most members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform reached agreement on a bipartisan plan that Co-Chair Erskine Bowles described as balanced and reasonable. "They did it," he said, "because they thought it was the responsible thing to do, because they thought it was the right thing to do."
He added: "I’m convinced that if we do this, the future of this country is very, very bright, and we can compete with anybody, with the best and brightest wherever they are."
In addition to Bowles, a former White House Chief of Staff,...