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CHART: Don't Buy The GOP Hype On Obama Budget Deficits

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Yes, Ryan's plan also gives you... deficits built to last! Ryan's own numbers project annual deficits of about $400 billion under his plan by the end of the decade. Obama's budget draws deficits down to about $600 billion over the same time frame. That's not nothing. But it's not what you'd expect given the GOP's heated rhetoric.

Note, too, that Paul Ryan's budget and the Bowles-Simpson plan based their projections on economic forecasts that grew gloomier over the past year -- so their deficit projections are outdated, and perhaps a bit rosier than reality.

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