Not everything in the report was perfect. For example, I personally question changing the way deductions for charitable contributions are tallied.
But the big-picture goal of making serious changes to both spending and taxing plans was the real deal.
I sent the office of every House and Senate member who represents Central Florida the following straight-forward question:
"Are you willing to consider both spending cuts and increased tax revenues, as the debt commission recommended?"
Would you like to guess how many "yes" responses I received?
A couple, like Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Rep. Rich Nugent, came close. Others, like U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, sent lengthy, prewritten pieces that touched on the topic. And I got plenty of platitudes about America being at a crossroads. (You can read the unedited responses at orlandosentinel.com/takingnames.)
But a simple "yes" to this basic question proved elusive.
We are a country afraid of both specifics and sacrifice.
"This is selfishness," former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson, the co-chairman of the debt commission, said in a radio interview last week, summarizing the problem. "No one has been asked to sacrifice in this country since World War II, except our military."
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