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BUSINESSWEEK: AARP seniors lobby warns Congress about entitlement cuts

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(www.businessweek.com) Campaigning for vice president in 2012, Paul Ryan learned firsthand what happens to politicians who dare to propose taking money from old people. One of Ryan’s big themes was the need to reform entitlement programs so the rising costs of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid wouldn’t bankrupt the nation in coming decades. That summer television ads began airing in Colorado, Florida, and Ohio depicting an evil Ryan doppelganger violently pushing a panicked, wheelchair-bound grandma off a cliff. The tag line read: “Is America beautiful without Medicare?”

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