U.S. President Barack Obama's bipartisan deficit-reduction commission has finished its work, but what, if anything, it has accomplished is open to debate, according to The Economist. Only 11 of the commission's 18 members voted to support its plan, falling short of the 14 needed to send the proposal to Congress. "The commission has contributed to the stock of ideas for getting the deficit down, but the stock was pretty copious to begin with," the magazine notes. "The real question has always been, how to get the political system to agree to them?"

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