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Michael R. Strain

If Republicans Won’t Confront Entitlements, Who Will?

Without reform, middle-class programs will produce higher debt and cuts in spending for the poor.

A powerful lobby. 

A powerful lobby. 

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

If the GOP doesn't address the rising costs of middle-class entitlement programs, then who will?

The National Republican Campaign Committee is running an ad warning voters that Democrats will cut Medicare. The ad tells workers that from their paychecks “the government withheld your money to pay for your Medicare,” and characterized “DC liberals” as “raiding our Medicare.” “That money,” the ad argues, “belongs to you.”