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Paul Ryan, congressional Republicans slam Obama’s second inaugural address

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday accused
President Obama of attacking “straw men” in his second inauguration speech,
arguing that the president mischaracterized Republicans’ position on
federal entitlement programs.

“No one is suggesting that what we call our earned entitlements – entitlements you pay for, like payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security – are putting you in a ‘taker’ category,” Ryan said on conservative commentator Laura Ingraham’s radio show. “No one would suggest that whatsoever.”