Democrats think they have the GOP’s big plan all figured out. First, Republicans pass a big, fat tax cut that worsens budget deficits. Then, expressing alarm about worsening budget deficits, Republicans try to slash entitlements. Fiendishly clever, yes? “This is a nasty two-step strategy that has long been the Holy Grail for hard-right Republicans,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told The New York Times. It isn’t crazy conjecture.