I have a feeling that many Republicans are backing away from Congressman Paul Ryan's plans to kill Medicare. This happy outcome was no doubt the result of the love they felt when they went back to their home districts and got an earful.
Still, there's a good chance they'll try--with the help of people like WV's Senator Joe Manchin--to push it through the back door by enacting a federal spending cap. As this item from The Washington Monthy argues, a spending cap is likely to be even worse than the Ryan plan. As Steve Benen put it,
if enforced, they'd obliterate the safety net and destroy any chance of progressive policymaking for a generation.
Things are getting serious. It's time to make some major noise.
Meanwhile, here's a good analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that shows where the deficit came from and what can be done about it in a responsible way.
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