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Commentary: Whatever happened to the party of fiscal responsibility?

Not that long ago, Rep. Paul Ryan was freaked out about the national debt.

The "red tidal wave of debt," he told Sean Hannity back in 2012, would trigger what he called the "most predictable economic crisis we have ever had in this country." Debt would mean nothing less than the "end of the American dream."

In 2012, the debt stood at $15 trillion, and the exploding costs of entitlements, Ryan said, meant that "by the time my grandkids are raising their grandkids, we are

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