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Paul Ryan’s budget plan is built on a series of rosy assumptions

WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan says his budget plan would dramatically reduce government spending, protect defense, rescue Medicare and Medicaid, retain the poor’s safety net, and spur the economy.

Democrats contend that is nonsense. They say Ryan’s plan would cut taxes disproportionately for the wealthy, eliminate most or even all “discretionary” programs that aren’t defense-related, end today’s version of Medicare, drop many tax deductions that help average Americans, and worsen the economy.

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