That the endless inadequately funded river of entitlement will dry up is a given. How it will end is what matters to me. I do not share your implied optimism that the wise men on both sides (Ryan, Wyden, Obama) recognize the problem and are searching for solutions. What I see are the spear carriers (McConnell, Pelosi) readying their troops for battle and using any casual remark as a pretext to foment hysteria. The Dems clearly think they can bludgeon the Repubs into submission over Medicaire and the Ryan budget. And the Rebups engage in their usual breathtaking cynicism by accusing the Dems of destroying Medicare while themselves planning to dismantle it.