The battlefields of Waterloo and the Marne are separated by a physical distance of approximately 180 miles and by a time span of roughly a century. They mark the defeat of two successive attempts for the mastery of Europe.
The government has unwittingly given away to big business a cheap and easy way to offload employee health care benefits altogether -- along with all their attendant administrative headaches and cost uncertainties.
The Ryan budget -- love it or hate it -- at least recognizes that we can't afford anachronistic financial plans. If we try to, we do exactly what we must not: deplete the programs and leave those most in need without a safety net.