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Posted on September 6 at 11:29 a.m.

Ah, but only one party makes up phoney marathon times!

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Posted on September 6 at 11:05 a.m.

"shoved down our throats"? No one has ever shoved anything down my throat. It does sound bad, but I'm not sure what you're talking about.

I guess it's no longer the Obama/Boehner budget proposal or social security.

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Posted on September 6 at 8:50 a.m.

That graph is a little misleading. The dotted line for revenue (20% of GDP) does not include payments into SS, but below that line, the SS expenditures bar is included.

We spend about the same amount on "defense" as we do on your two elephants. This includes single-seat fighter planes that cost $100M each.

Our debt just reached $16T. At least $3T of which we wasted invading Iraq.

As the author points out, vouchers won't solve the problem. Ryan is a false expert, and a compulsive liar, apparently. If you want to reduce the cost of Medicare/Medicaid, a good start would be to reduce the waste.

Obama took a good cut at that by urging reform in medical records: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Presiden...

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Posted on September 6 at 7:26 a.m.

What are you proposing? Vouchers?

Medicare abuse could be curtailed. Some reform wrt medical expectations could reduce malpractice costs and drive down unnecessary expensive tests. But Ryan's plan won't work.

As for SS, why don't you explain?

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Posted on September 6 at 7:02 a.m.

Taxing the wealthiest 1%, who own something like 30% of all U.S. wealth "won't even come close to filling the budget gap."

Neither will cutting military spending, though it makes up a huge percentage of the budget.

No, only by cutting school lunches and privatizing Medicare can we fill that gap. Right.

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Posted on September 6 at 6:57 a.m.

What a fantastic letter. Bravo!

On The Clint, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on September 6 at 6:49 a.m.

Issue-driven, and good-looking, too! What a package!

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Posted on September 6 at 6:45 a.m.

Actually, the president did offer a budget that he worked out with Boehner, but the House crushed it. So, actually, that isn't more than you can say, LOL.

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Posted on September 6 at 6:17 a.m.

Ryan fought to kill Simpson-Bowles. Why bring that red herring up in his defense?

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Posted on September 6 at 6:15 a.m.

Doctors getting sued is a good point - it has made them test junkies. The number of CT scans, MRIs, and every other kind of expensive test prescribed these days far outstrips any rational expectation. You can't sue the doctor for prescribing a CT scan, but it's easy to make a case that some rare underlying (and unrelated) malady might have been spotted it you had had your head scanned after you broke your toe.

Big money for the hospitals, and CYA for the doctors.

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