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March 29, 2015

Will 2016 Hopefuls Sink a Grand Bargain?

Ezra Klein notes that among those Republicans rumored to be eyeing the 2016 presidential election, there are “a lot of politicians who made their names by promising to be the very best at bringing down deficits.”

“But what if we get some ‘grand bargain’ over the next year? Add that to the likely economic recovery over the next four years, and 2016 probably isn’t going to be about who can cut the most from the deficit… There are a number of powerful Republicans who would see their futures dimmed by a grand bargain that credibly puts deficits on a declining trajectory. That’s going to make it harder for them to agree to such a bargain.”

Top of that list? House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).

  • helzapoppn

    Yes, Rep. Paul Ryan would be EXACTLY that short-sighted and destructive. Bitter over his loss last week, but still holding the House Budget Committee gavel — that is a dangerous combination.

    • Tom_B

      Someone needs to explain to Ryan the difference between being hopeful and f**king clueless.

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