According to Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, “Ryan brings to the Romney campaign the tea party’s style of magical thinking, a blissfully simplistic, ideologically driven world view that seems to think candidates can win votes by promising to reduce popular government services.”
Republican candidates, they say, are ducking for cover to avoid being branded with budget reforms that Ryan, as Chairman of House Budget Committee, has proposed, particularly for Medicare and Medicaid.
Vice President Biden, eloquent as always, told a mostly black audience in Virginia that Republicans want to put “y’all back in chains.”
Although Biden has taken flak for this nauseating remark, he should get credit for summing up how Democrats really think. That government running your life makes you free and that anyone who proposes freedom and choice wants to put “y’all back in chains.”
Earlier this year, Douglas Elmendorf, director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, sent a report on the nation’s budget to House budget committee chairman Ryan.
Here’s what he said:
“The explosive path of the federal debt that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects under what many observers would view as current policies underscores the need for policy changes to put the nation on a sustainable course.”
“The aging of the population and rising costs for health care will push spending for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs considerably higher as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).”
Elmendorf concludes that without major increases in revenues and/or substantial cuts in spending “the resulting budget deficits will increase federal debt to unsupportable levels.”
So Paul Ryan’s high crime is being courageous, honest and leveling with the American people about the tough realities facing us.
He, like most Republicans, believes that raising taxes, when our economy is growing at half its historical average, and with the unemployment rate 40% higher than its historical average, is economic suicide.
So Ryan takes on the major culprits in driving our long term fiscal crisis – entitlements spending.
Is this “magical thinking?” No, it’s guts.
And what courageous measures do Democrat critics take on? No major spending reform proposals and no across the board tax hikes, which Elmendorf suggests as the alternative.