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The Real Republican Road to Recovery

The Republican “Road to Recovery” budget alternative, rolled out today by John Boehner, has been criticized by left and right for its lack of specificity and its promise to eliminate the national debt while significantly cutting taxes., however, has received an advance copy of additional details prepared by the Minority Leader’s office. Although some elements of the proposal are still under discussion — Eric Cantor is said to want to eliminate North Dakota rather than Idaho, while Thaddeus McCotter has suggested using the balance of TARP funds to purchase scratch-off tickets — the final plan can be expected to contain most or all of these components.

Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.