“It’s official. I must now hate the Paul Ryan budget. David Brooks is in love with it”

Heh. So opines Erik Erikson on twitter of Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity.” He’s joking, of course, after hailing it as a solid road forward, albeit one with a few bumps.

A fascinating tidbit re the video from Ed Morrissey:

Graphs and charts are good, but usually a little dry. Ryan makes them come alive in this video, as much as possible at least, and tells a story to which most people can relate. The presentation would have included a look at economic growth for the next 40 years, but the computer models kept choking on the conditions caused by out-of-control spending and entitlements, and couldn’t project past 2037.

Emphasis mine. A computer couldn’t compute the insanity of Obamanomics. Fitting, eh? And how much does it help here that the face of the GOP Hail Mary pass is young, good looking and sincere?

Predictably, lefties are already crying foul. As Erikson explains, Ryan’s path cuts Obama’s proposed budget:

Let me first say the number you are going to hear batted about today is that Paul Ryan’s budget cuts $6.2 trillion. Please keep in mind that following that number is this language: “from the president’s budget over the next 10 years.” That is different from actually cutting $6.2 trillion. These are cuts placed in juxtaposition to the President’s proposed cuts. We will find out later today what the real cuts are.

Rush spoke to Ryan yesterday and offered perspective:

Now, what Ryan’s doing essentially is clawing back all the spending the Democrats have done since they took over Congress in 2007.  That’s the point of freezing spending at 2008 levels.  This is my words, not his.  This is a clawback.  This is an attempt, and what’s made to order here for the Republican presidential nominee, if whoever he or she or it is will just embrace this, the problems that we face are traceable to 2007.  This is not to let the Bush bunch off the hook, they spent, too, but it’s not comparable to what has happened since Pelosi and the Democrats took over Congress in 2007 and Obama, the White House in 2009.  And what Ryan is doing here is trying to claw back all of that spending that started in 2007.  The national debt was nine and a half trillion dollars when Obama took office.  Today it’s just over $14 trillion. 

So a reduction of $4 trillion over ten years is a natural number.  That’s the clawback.  That takes us back to the national debt of nine and a half trillion when Obama took office.  That’s almost how much Obama has increased the budget in two measly years, folks.  In two measly years the national debt has gone from nine and a half to $14 trillion — in two years!  Nine and a half trillion national debt since our founding.  In two years of Obama that number becomes $14 trillion.  And we can reduce that much in ten years, and people are gonna say, “We can’t do that. This is Draconian, gonna starve.” It’s all BS.  And as I say, it’s about time.

Emphasis mine. It’s a little beyond my own comprehension that this plan–the GOP Hail Mary–won’t eliminate the debt. We’ll just draw it down to what it was before Obama. (Can I go find an Obama voter to kick? Dude.)

From Ryan’s WSJ piece:

The president’s recent budget proposal would accelerate America’s descent into a debt crisis. It doubles debt held by the public by the end of his first term and triples it by 2021. It imposes $1.5 trillion in new taxes, with spending that never falls below 23% of the economy. His budget permanently enlarges the size of government. It offers no reforms to save government health and retirement programs, and no leadership.

We have to fight this fight with Ryan. How do you tell people they’re not entitled to entitlements? (And is it a vampire or hydra?) It begins with us. The culture change starts from the bottom up.

UPDATE: Why should we fight for Ryan? Our kids. No One of Any Import and I got into the discussion yesterday, and here’s what our kids face if we don’t win this battle: an 88% tax increase. Via NRO, Kevin Williams:

A question for the young ones: Perhaps you’d like an 88 percent tax increase? Perhaps not. If not, then the United States government must spend less on the major entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. And that has to happen approximately now.

Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget addresses Medicare and Medicaid spending, and the Democratic whining about that fact already is under way. Representative Ryan’s budget would cut some $4 trillion off the deficit in ten years. And we cannot get spending under control without reforming the entitlements — they are the main drivers of spending. Axing NPR and foreign aid is not going to balance the books.

The Democrats’ plan will be to make Paul Ryan the most hated man in America, if not the world. The campaign will be — and already is — personal. It will be personal because the facts are not on their side. Our choices are: 1. raise taxes severely, and pretend that that is not going to have catastrophic economic consequences; 2. court a national fiscal crisis on the Portugal model but on a significantly larger scale, and pretend that that is not going to have catastrophic economic consequences; 3. cut spending.

If I were a Republican strategist, I’d be preparing to make sure that the number 88 is on the tip of every tongue. Ryan’s entitlement reforms are intelligent and they are reasonable — an 88 percent tax hike is neither. And that’s the choice.

What a choice.


4 Responses

  1. Paul Ryan for President. It’s awfully hard to go from Representative to President, but Paul Ryan has got my vote.

    David Brooks is on board? Oh the heavens must be in alignment…lol.

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  3. Updated. Thanks for the linky-love.

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