Ezra Klein watches John Boehner fight "the Democrats' offer to put entitlements and taxes on the table":

[W]hat this debate is really about: not cutting spending or reducing the deficit, but cutting spending Republicans don't like while avoiding any and all tax increases -- even if that means the country has higher deficits and the middle- and working-class bear more of the burden. The difficulty for Republicans is they've not wanted to clearly explain that philosophy to the American people, and so now they're in the odd position of arguing against Democratic efforts to do more for the deficit and do more to cut spending but not really being able to say why they oppose those efforts.

Any deficit cutting plan that tackles neither entitlements nor tax increases is utterly unserious. You cannot repeat this often enough. The mix is eminently debatable. The math isn't.

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