No, Republicans are not going to take your Medicare

There is no grand plan to slash America's social welfare state, no matter what Democrats want you to believe

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If Democrats have their story right, those tricksy Republicans are masterfully executing a not-so-secret plan to wreck the American social welfare state. This supposed plan looks like this:

Step one: Pass a big tax cut that increases federal deficits and debt. So far, so good. GOP insiders expect a tax bill to become law by Christmas, if not sooner. And almost every budget expert thinks the legislation will reduce revenues by a trillion or two over the next decade. All those Republican claims to the contrary are merely a clever diversion. In reality, the new wave of red ink is a feature, not a bug.

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