04/09/2011 02:17 pm ET Updated Jun 09, 2011

Budget Debate Cannot Be Solved With Partisan Standoff

The sweeping budget blueprint that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released this week marked the fifth time since 1980 that Republicans have followed an electoral breakthrough by attempting to restructure Medicare or Social Security. Each of the previous efforts ended in tears, largely because the GOP's approach failed to attract support beyond its core coalition. Ryan's plan, by seeking to end Medicare as it now exists, reprises the same risk--at a time when the GOP is growingly increasingly reliant on votes from white seniors.

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