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Ryan Rankles Right with Quest for Budget ‘Breakthrough’

Former VP candidate said he doubts “within the next two weeks we have a viable strategy for actually repealing Obamacare, every piece of it.”

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Bill Straub

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October 10, 2013 - 12:03 pm
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WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Ryan’s bid to break an increasingly bitter stalemate that resulted in the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government appears to have landed with a thud with some fellow conservatives.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and Republican nominee for vice president in 2012 proposed that the warring factions settle their differences by engaging in a discussion over entitlement and tax reform. That, he hinted, could provide an escape route toward adopting a stopgap spending measure known as a continuing resolution and raising the debt limit.

Ryan said the current situation “doesn’t have to be another crisis.”

“It could be a breakthrough,” he said. “We have an opportunity here to pay down the national debt and jump-start the economy, if we start talking, and talking specifics, now. To break the deadlock, both sides should agree to common-sense reforms of the country’s entitlement programs and tax code.”

Negotiators, he suggested, could also take another look at the spending limits imposed under the Budget Control Act of 2011 commonly known as the sequester, a package President Obama and his fellow Democrats are looking to change.

“If Mr. Obama decides to talk, he’ll find that we actually agree on some things,” Ryan wrote. “For example, most of us agree that gradual, structural reforms are better than sudden, arbitrary cuts. For my Democratic colleagues, the discretionary spending levels in the Budget Control Act are a major concern. And the truth is, there’s a better way to cut spending. We could provide relief from the discretionary spending levels in the Budget Control Act in exchange for structural reforms to entitlement programs.”

Even if the White House accepts his terms – a highly unlikely proposition – Ryan likely won’t experience much success with his own party, not so much because of what the plan calls for but for what it doesn’t include – defunding Obamacare, the healthcare law that requires all Americans to retain health insurance.

The Ryan package fails to mention what has been the primary reason behind the current standoff – the GOP’s desire to defund the Affordable Care Act or, at least, postpone its implementation for a year. In order to achieve that goal, a substantial number of Republican lawmakers have exhibited a willingness to shut down vital governmental functions until Democrats acquiesce. They also are threatening to block congressional approval of an increase in the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling. Failure to act on that proposal by Oct. 17 could result in the U.S. defaulting on at least some of its obligations.

Michael Needham, the CEO of Heritage Action, a sister organization to the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, told reporters that “this is a fight about ObamaCare” and that the attention of Republicans and conservatives “needs to be back on ObamaCare and not on other ways out of this situation.”

Needham rejected the idea of a so-called “grand bargain” to fix the economy – an effort that has failed in the past.

“Washington has a notoriously short attention span,” he said. “The reason the federal government is shut down is because President Obama and his allies continue to protect a failed law that is hurting the country. Their reckless behavior should not breathe life into misguided dreams for a grand bargain, which everyone understands is Washington-speak for undermining the sequester, increasing taxes and accumulating debt. Congress should ensure not another dime of taxpayer money is spent on Obamacare.”

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This is not and never has been about economics, it is about totalitarianism. Obamacare is the last nail in the coffin the leftists have hammered together for our culture and traditions. This is an existential fight, i.e., your existence as an American with liberty and God-given rights may not survive.

Right now it appears that the GOP's inner cave-man is once again coming out to play duplicitous pattycake with the left. Read the following from Karl Denninger at Market Ticker... The End of the Republican Party [http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=225031]

The Republican Party is finished. Those who believe otherwise are living in denial. A final quote from that article:
"You either stick to your guns here and now, or you are slitting your own political throat and that of the Republican Party, guaranteeing Speaker Pelosi after the midterm elections."
27 weeks ago
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Just received this through the internet and it was just too good. I must pass it along.

This really helps us simpletons.
This puts things into a much better perspective as to the present economic situation..
Lesson # 1:
* U.S. Tax revenue: $ 2,170,000,000,000.00
* Fed budget: $ 3,820,000,000,000.00
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000.00
* National debt: $ 16,271,000,000,000.00
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000.00

Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:
* Annual family income: $ 21,700.00
* Money the family spent: $ 38,200.00
* New debt on the credit card: $ 16,500.00
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $ 162,710.00
* Total budget cuts so far: $ 38.50
Got It ?????
OK now,

Lesson # 2:
Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:
Let's say, You come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood....and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.
What do you think you should do ......
Raise the ceilings, or remove the sewage?

As far as Representative Ryan is concerned imagine the nasty calls he is getting from his financial backers on Wall Street on all those derivative trades on the $162,710 in credit card debt...
27 weeks ago
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26 weeks ago
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Speaking of short memories, the sequester, Obama's idea, came about because congress couldn't come together and come up with a budget that was needed to keep it from going into effect. Also, if the Senate had come up with a budget, even one the Republicans couldn't agree with, at least there would have been a starting point for negotiations. Instead, they dug in their heels and used the sequester as a threat if they didn't get their way. That didn't work out for them so here we are today.
27 weeks ago
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Of course he doesn't have the votes to repeal or otherwise halt Ocare. Those votes can't possibly be there before 2016, and even that is not very likely. So, stop the dreams and get down to work.
27 weeks ago
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Ryan,
Another Fluffy RINO, all talk no action. Someone needs to tell Ryan, Bonhead , and the rest, you fight with the army you have not with army you wish to have.
Obamacare is more deadly than any debt. At the end you can declare bankruptcy and start fresh, but you can't take back your freedom, unless you are willing to die for it.
freedom is like virginity once is gone is gone forever so is obamacare.
27 weeks ago
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Ryan is another of CS Lewis's "chestless men" that run rife through the RINO GOP. He proved it beyond any doubt in the last campaign. I'm no longer interested in a thing he has to say and don't ever want to see him in a leadership position in the party or America.
27 weeks ago
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Shouldn't Ryan still be working full time on trying to push Rubionesty through the House?
27 weeks ago
27 weeks ago Link To Comment
This is not and never has been about economics, it is about totalitarianism. Obamacare is the last nail in the coffin the leftists have hammered together for our culture and traditions. This is an existential fight, i.e., your existence as an American with liberty and God-given rights may not survive.

Right now it appears that the GOP's inner cave-man is once again coming out to play duplicitous pattycake with the left. Read the following from Karl Denninger at Market Ticker... The End of the Republican Party [http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=225031]

The Republican Party is finished. Those who believe otherwise are living in denial. A final quote from that article:
"You either stick to your guns here and now, or you are slitting your own political throat and that of the Republican Party, guaranteeing Speaker Pelosi after the midterm elections."
27 weeks ago
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Fifty Ways and Means to cover: slip out the back, Jack - make a new plan, Stan...
27 weeks ago
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“We have an opportunity here to pay down the national debt and jump-start the economy..."

Can someone please tell me how incurring more debt to pay off the national debt, pays down the national debt? Seriously. I'm trying to understand this. How can I get out of debt by using one credit card to pay off another credit card, and going round and round like that every three months or so?

Oh - and to top it off, I'm going to spend every penny I earn at work on junk food, movies, a new jet ski, and a hot tub. Then I'm gonna call my bank and demand that they raise the limit on my credit cards because my kids are hungry and I need groceries.
27 weeks ago
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Keep lamenting that you don't have the "numbers" to do the right thing, to fight the fight, be permanently relegate to the footnotes of history.

And it is NOT "the next two weeks", you guys had the numbers since 2010 election. And your strategy has been ?????
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