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If Rep. Paul Ryan wants people to take his budget manifestos seriously, he should be honest about his ambition: not so much to make the federal government fiscally sustainable as to make it smaller.

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Republicans lost the election but they still shape what’s debated in Washington -- the federal budget deficit and so-called fiscal responsibility.

Bill Boyarsky

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It's not surprising that in Thursday's vice presidential debate Paul Ryan didn't mention the millions of working poor who would suffer should he and Mitt Romney win in November, but I expected more from Joe Biden.It's not surprising that in Thursday's vice presidential debate Paul Ryan didn't mention the millions of working poor, but I expected more from Joe Biden.

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Joe Biden's job during Thursday's vice presidential debate is to smoke Paul Ryan out, exposing his fanaticism. And the best way to do this is to force him to take responsibility for the regressive budget he created as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

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As he became president in 1981, Ronald Reagan called in a 34-year-old congressman from Michigan named David Stockman, considered by many to be the most articulate and intellectually imposing Republican of the moment.

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