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One of the amusing things about the emerging debate over Rep. Paul Ryan’s GOP “shadow budget” is that there’s really no dispute about what Ryan’s budget proposes to do. The debate is over whether what it proposes is desirable (and, not for nothing, over whether the assumptions it rests on are valid). But I guess pointing out that Ryan’s budget privatizes Social Security and eliminates Medicare is just a political attack — even if everyone on both sides agrees that’s what it will do.

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