From Roll Call:

James Wallner, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, in part blames a go along/get along mindset for lack of action on the deficit.

“In my experience, regardless of conservatives or liberals coming into Congress, everyone very quickly gets socialized into business as usual,” said Wallner, a former legislative director for Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. “Thereby no one rocks the boat, no one forces the difficult debates over the controversial issues, no one does any of that stuff.”

Lawmakers “rig the ship of state just good enough to get us through the next two years of turbulent fiscal seas, if you will,” Wallner said.