UPDATE: Here is the budget – “The Path to Prosperity” – in detail.
No, of course Paul Ryan isn’t really any of those things, but you have to admit…it got your attention. I’m a dick like that. 🙂 Besides, Rush Limbaugh calls him “substantively superb” & “politically brilliant,” and our job is to listen to what Rush tells us to.
Sarcasm aside, everyone knows I’m a huge fan of Ryan’s and wrote last week that our inter-family squabbling over last years budget won’t mean anything until next years budget, and it’s here! Rep. Ryan was on Fox News Sunday yesterday to preview it, and the Wall Street Journal has a preview. It’s what we were hoping it would be: four trillion in cuts, reforming Medicare/Medicaid, tax code schtuff, and apparently goes further than the Obama Debt Commission recommended. One side will love it, one side will hate it.
The question is…will Republicans have the balls to support it? We know the game plan. The Democrats will demagogue and play the fear card. Liberal political organizations like MSNBC News will parade every random example of “average folk” affected by budget cuts in front of a camera. We’ve seen it before, and the GOP has cowered each time from any substantial reform or work on the debt.
Here’s hoping they follow Rep. Ryan’s lead, who was asked if they were handing their opponents a “political weapon” ahead of the 2012 elections…
We are. We are giving them a political weapon to go against us, but they will have to lie and demagogue to make that a political weapon.
Look, we don’t change benefits for anybody over the age of 55. We save Medicare, save Medicaid. We save these entitlement programs. We repair our social safety net, and we get our country a debt-free country for our children and grandchildren’s generation. And we get jobs. We get economic growth.
They are going to demagogue us, and — and it’s that demagoguery that has always prevented political leaders in the past from actually trying to fix the problem. We can’t keep kicking this can down the road.
The president has punted. We’re not going to follow suit. And, yes, we will be giving our political adversaries things to use against us in the next election, and shame on them if they do that.
Like I said last week (and a lot of us have been saying), it’s nut up or shut up time for the GOP. Who’s going to be on board? Also, which of our 217 potential presidential candidates are going to be the first the fully endorse Ryan’s plan?