Don’t get too caught up in the self-congratulation and spin following the Ames Straw Poll. The candidates are all hoping Americans didn’t notice that they didn’t touch the one issue most important to fixing our economy over the long run: entitlement reform. And that’s because the topic is awkward for them.
Republicans attempted Social Security reform, and then abandoned it just as quickly, following Pres. George W. Bush’s reelection. And worse, Republicans dramatically expanded Medicare with a new prescription-drug entitlement, Part D, a move that helped secure the intellectual foundations for Obamacare. Awkward.
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