Republicans ought to be embracing Paul Ryan’s fiscal roadmap. That they refuse to hurts the GOP’s efforts to be seen as a credible, deficit-fighting party. And the claim on the part of many Republicans that Medicare need not be cut–or even means-tested–simply cannot be taken seriously. Everyone knows–or ought to know–that the current entitlement structure is simply unsustainable. One cannot acknowledge that, while claiming at the same time that Medicare benefits cannot or should not be reduced.
It is bad enough that Democrats have proven themselves to be so lacking in seriousness when it comes to putting forth a responsible fiscal policy. Republicans should do better than to play down to the standards Democrats set on this issue.