…which is a nice start.
Well, I’ve been dreading this. I thought a better aproach was to make mega cuts to the ongoing budget and postpone SS and Medicare until after 2012, but here it is. You have to admire Mr. Ryan for being the only person in the country with a pair big enough to take this topic on.
If the country stands up and says thank you for being an adult Mr Ryan, he could end up being president in 2013.
More likely, though, we are about to see the Palinization of Mr. Ryan and the entire Republican party.
The Marxists bullies have been itching for the demagoguery opportunity of a lifetime since last November. The Make Believe Press may not sleep for a month. Expect actual weeping by the major news “personalities” and outright endorsements or their brain-dead idols. Somewhere they will find armies of homeless unemployed quadrapalegic blind gay single female muslim african american student scholar artist mothers in iron lungs who are on the brink of painful death if their foodstamps pellgrants mortgage assistance cashforclunkers ssi unemployment survivor Obamycare checks are snatched away by the cruel and gruesome Paul Ryan.
The thing is, the only way in our current political system to achieve such “mega cuts” is to campaign and win on such a platform, establishing a “mandate”. As you note, it’ll be iffy, but since the Democrats have been using this theme non-stop for three decades (starting with Reagan), now that we’re staring at the abyss maybe they’ll fail in their crying wolf.
The Republican Party has got to try to do this, even if they fail in the 2012 elections. If they don’t, they won’t have any credibility when our fiscal mess blows up and that pretty much guarantees the worst possible outcome, crisis + a government too weak to address it. Assuming they aren’t annihilated in the run up to the crisis; there’s always going to be a party of the state, for big government et. al., but nothing guarantees that the Republican Party will be the opposition to that party.
(Another possible outcome proposed by Monty Pelerin is that the end of “free ice cream” will kill off the Democratic Party, the Republicans will replace them as the party of the (not so hard and insane) Left (they’re all too close to that already) and a new party will replace them as the opposition on the Right.)
Paul Ryan is far more articulate than the average MSM talking head, and can make his case to the public better than anyone else.
Said talking heads think the difference between 33 and 61 billion is a Big Number, and wish their drama to be limited to that trifling fraction – 1.6 percent – of the current Federal budget. He will educate them, despite all their desperate attempts to shift the discussion.
The Federal budget would not be hurt by a 5% overall reduction, still less than $200 billion.
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