'War on math': Budget hawks outraged there isn't more outrage over deficit

Published Jul 2, 2019. By James Varney.

“I can’t think of a time like this, where not just the budget outlook is bad but the lack of attention is even worse,” said Bob Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition who has almost three decades in the budget watchdog business. 

“The national debt has topped $22 trillion, and the fact it doesn’t scare the financial markets is unbelievable, remarkable,” said Chris Edwards, a tax and budget policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute think tank and the editor of its DownsizingGovernment.org website.

Mr. Bixby also reflected on the budget hawks’ glory days, a time toward the end of the 1980s and into the 1990s in which budget concerns were bipartisan issues and made headlines.