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Meanwhile Yglesias, back from vacation, tackles the most hackneyed--and ultimately meaningless--word in Washington. For my part, its kind of amazing, in these times, to watch the same hacks who presided over the last eight years of profligacy lecture us on fiscal responsibility. Even the kid can do a little math.

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