Washington needs to muster the political will to fix the deficit, Robert Bixby writes. President Barack Obama's fiscal commission is looking at trimming the budget, and its recommendations later this year will be crucial in determining whether the administration is serious about reform. "If the commission is to make credible recommendations for these goals, it will have to include substantial spending cuts or tax increases -- without costly sweeteners to mitigate the pain. In other words, the commission will have to establish deficit reduction as the primary goal," Bixby writes.

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