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Time to crunch the numbers

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It’s comforting that Congressman Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is making an issue of the federal debt crisis. Our president, who’s added some $3 trillion in debt since elected, skips entitlement spending and tax reform in his budget — a budget that adds $7 trillion in new debt over 10 years! Ryan deals with painful reality: the need for entitlement and tax reform. By 2025, we’re told, entitlement spending will consume all federal revenues, debt service will approach $1 trillion and the rich can’t generate the trillions to pay for Medicare, let alone Medicaid and money borrowed from the Social Security fund. We don’t need class warfare, demagoguery or cheap shots on Paul Ryan from the Democrats. We do need entitlement and tax reform. BILL HARDER, SR., Auburn