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April 30, 2012


Elevating Paul Ryan

The New York Times profiles Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) noting he has become "perhaps the most influential policy maker in the Republican Party, its de facto head of economic policy, intent on a fundamental transformation of the federal government."

"His prescriptions in the Republican budget plan he devised have become his party's marching orders: cut income tax rates and simplify the code, privatize Medicare, shrink the food-stamp and Medicaid programs and turn almost all control over to the states, and reduce domestic federal spending to its smallest share of the economy since World War II."

Jonathan Chait: "And so here we find a political dilemma for the Democrats. They have decided to make Ryan's agenda the central issue of the election. There are strong reasons for doing so, namely that most of the policies Ryan champions are disliked by a majority of Americans. But elevating Ryan to right-wing bogeyman -- a remake of nineties-era Speaker Gingrich, the man who might personify Republican overreach -- has proved difficult."














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