by Max Brantley
The current debate over federal budget cutting is only a prelude to a much bigger fight — the House Republicans' leadership plan to target Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. This was a subject no Republican candidate wanted to touch in the campaign season. Now they think they have a mandate to rip the safety net asunder. It will be accompanied by their plan to make permanent favorable tax rates for millionaires. It could be a defining debate for the ages.