Are entitlements the paper tiger of American politics?
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That said, Ryan predicts that the real battle over these issues will be deferred until the presidential election.
“2010 is a proxy fight, or a shadow boxing match, to the real fight in 2012,” Ryan said. “2012 is the fight for the soul of America. What kind of country do we want to be in the 21st century? Do we want to be a mediocre nation where we manage our decline like Western Europe, and we become a cradle to grave welfare society, or do we want to get the American idea back?”
But if there’s any hope of having a real debate over entitlement reform — whether now or two years from now — at some point, more candidates will have to be willing to force a discussion on it.
“My experience in a very competitive district is if you just own up to it, defend your ideas, people are fine,” Ryan said. “They’re okay with it. They understand it. These things aren’t the third rails they used to be.”
Republicans may want to start considering whether in reality, entitlements are the paper tiger of American politics.
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H/T to National Review Online