Surprisingly, it’s not because he had a hit song written aboot him.
Just before Paul Ryan gave his response to the State of the Union, I had tweeted “If he pulled a Jindal, I’m gonna wild out and get violent.” This was a reference to Bobby Jindal giving a response two years ago that was so disastrous, this once “rising star in the party” hasn’t really recovered from as far as the “national stage” goes, which really sucked because his was a voice that we could have really used during the healthcare debate.
Thankfully, Ryan was more successful, especially as we’re getting into another debate on health care and are counting on him to be one of our leaders. The day after SOTU, he started to lead in his first hearing as chairman of the House Budget committee. The first thing we learned? Apparently two of the main promises that come with Obamacare are a bunch of hooey…
Two of the central promises of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law are unlikely to be fulfilled, Medicare’s independent economic expert told Congress on Wednesday. The landmark legislation probably won’t hold costs down, and it won’t let everybody keep their current health insurance if they like it, Chief Actuary Richard Foster told the House Budget Committee. His office is responsible for independent long-range cost estimates.
Foster was asked by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., for a simple true or false response on two of the main assertions made by supporters of the law: that it will bring down unsustainable medical costs and will let people keep their current health insurance if they like it. On the costs issue, “I would say false, more so than true,” Foster responded.
The next day, we find out that Social Security is going to start running defecits a few years earlier than expected…
The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that Social Security will pay out $45 billion more in benefits this year than it will collect in payroll taxes, further straining the nation’s finances. The deficits will continue until the Social Security trust funds are eventually drained, in about 2037. Previously, CBO said Social Security would start running permanent deficits in 2016. In the short term, Social Security is suffering from a weak economy that has payroll taxes lagging and applications for benefits rising. In the long term, Social Security will be strained by the growing number of baby boomers retiring and applying for benefits.
Don’t get me wrong. Social security running deficits isn’t a “best week ever” for anybody. It is how ever a sign that it’s time to get serious aboot reforming entitlements, and Democrats showed how serious they were this week with the usual scare tactics on how Republicans led by Paul Ryan want to take grandma’s Medicare and social security away.
And that’s not even to say that I find a lot of people on my side who are that serious either. Paul Ryan is one I do, and he was given a national spotlight this week to prove it. That’s why he wins the week.