Who knows what people really believe, but this idea that all one has to do is pass a "Grand Bargain" and we put it all behind us forever is just madness. Congress gets to pass new budgets and laws whenever the hell it wants. No "compromise" is good for any time period longer than one second. It can all be revisited. If President Ryan and his Congress want to gut the welfare state, they'll do it, no matter how much Obama guts it first.