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RE: The Entitlement Debate

Thanks for the good response, Ramesh. I guess we have different understandings of “trying and failing.” The House budget resolution does not become law, regardless of what is in it. It also will not be adopted in the Senate—it will surely include various things that will prevent its adoption in the Senate, among them a repeal of Obamacare. In this divided Congress, it will serve as a statement of objectives, principles, and long-term vision (as the budget resolution often does). Surely entitlement reform deserves a place in such a statement. And without entitlement reform, the long-term budget projections in such a Republican budget would probably never reach balance—even in the long, long term. Would that be better than stating clearly that Republicans think we need to reform our entitlement system and have specific, practical, prudent ideas for how to do that?

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.


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