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Ron Paul doesn't have a plan to rein in Medicare spending.

6:00 AM, Dec 31, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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"Dr. Paul will dramatically cut other big government spending so that we can take care of people who have become dependent on Social Security and Medicare while we work our way through a transition back to Constitutional solutions for medical care and retirement," Benton wrote. "One of his first elements of that transition would be to allow workers 25 under to opt out, keep their own money and take responsibility for their themselves."

Ron Paul's "Plan to Restore America" is a pledge to reduce spending by $1 trillion his very first year in office and balance the budget in three years. “I want to cut one trillion dollars out of the budget the first year. This make a few people nervous. 'Oh you can’t do it. That’s too much!'" Paul said at the townhall meeting in Newton. "People say, 'Well that means everybody will suffer.' Not necessarily. Maybe the people who got bailed out, they might have to suffer. But they should suffer. They should go bankrupt.”

Even if Paul's unrealistic plan passed, it would be a Pyrrhic victory. Deficits would begin to shoot up again because entitlement spending would still skyrocket.

But, again, Paul's plan is never going to pass. So, in reality, the effect of his message--that we can save Medicare by cutting "overseas spending" and having an "adult conversation"--is that it will be more difficult to rein in entitlement spending.

"This is something of an intellectual fight," Paul said of his cause at his Des Moines rally on Wednesday. But by doing nothing to address Medicare's unsustainable status quo, Paul is performing a great intellectual disservice to his cause. By being the only Republican presidential candidate who has failed to endorse the central idea of the House Republicans' plan to reform Medicare for the next generation--or any reform at all--Paul is running from the biggest fiscal fight that our country faces.

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