A commission appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to recommend ways of getting the budget deficit under control will begin its work with best wishes from lawmakers but not much optimism that it will succeed. "If this commission is even halfway successful, it's a big win for Obama. But I don't think anybody on the commission is going to look at it that way," said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. "The problems are too big. This is about our country."

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