Recommendations to curb the burgeoning federal debt may bring its weight crashing down upon every American.
Co-chairmen of a deficit commission impaneled by President Barack Obama released preliminary recommendations, and the only good news may be equity; misery certainly will have company, because no one is spared.
A brief summary might read: Cut or eliminate entitlement programs, earmarks and government services, and raise taxes.
As expected the hue and cry is widespread, including such strange bedfellows as liberal Democrats, conservative Republicans and a wide range of interest groups.
The full commission has not yet released its formal recommendations, but if the co-chairmen's bow shot is any indication, the report will be widely resisted and vilified.
Inflicting pain on the voting public is no way to win support and influence re-election.
As a consequence, the deficit can is likely to be kicked further down the block, where the proverbial tab for our painless present will be paid by grandchildren.
The problem with inaction is circumstances will only get worse and, at some point, we will be the grandchildren.