Quote of the Day: Entitlements

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From Eric Cantor (R–Virginia), in a letter to his fellow Republicans:

Getting our long-term deficit under control will require that we address major entitlement reform. It is a conversation that we must have, but one that is easier said than done. President Obama, congressional Democrats, and their liberal allies have made it abundantly clear that they will attack anyone who puts forward a plan that even tries to begin a conversation about the tough choices that are needed.

Uh huh. Matt Steinglass takes a well-deserved sledgehammer to this particular piece of sophistry. Republicans have just finished up an absolute blizzard of campaign spending demonizing Obama and congressional Dems for daring to rein in Medicare spending earlier this year, and now they’re trying to pretend that Obama and congressional Dems are the problem when it comes to reining in Medicare spending? Gumption indeed.

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