“It was actually quite a break from tradition,” said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a Washington organization that champions deficit reduction. “It wasn’t just a presidential wish list. . . . There is clearly stuff that offended his own party, and that made it a serious proposal.” . . .
Bixby of the Concord Coalition acknowledged that Republicans “certainly didn’t give him a whole lot of credit, but they did give him some credit. This gets people discussing the real issues — entitlement and tax reform.”