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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Paul Ryan: America's Enduring Promise: The Issues that the Country Faces



As a Liberal Democrat I actually like Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the Budget Committee. Not his politics clearly but him as a person, even though as much as talks about our fiscal issues. He actually doesn't have a serious plan to deal with them. His budget plans, have targeted only around 15% of the Federal Budget. Not doing much if anything on entitlements except for Medicare. Where he would transform the program into a Voucher System. Nothing on Social Security, nothing on Defense Spending. As far as Tax Reform, he's not the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. So I'll give him a pass on not writing a Tax Reform plan. And I'll give him credit for being in favor of a flatter Tax System, where we would eliminate Tax Loopholes and lower Tax Rates. I like him personally and I like his intellect and like President Jimmy Carter. He seems to know the issues that the country faces but also like President Carter. Doesn't seem to know what to do about them and doesn't have a plan to address the issues we face. His own budget predicts that we'll have a Budget Deficit ten years from now.

To be frank neither party has a serious plan to deal with our Budget Deficit. Not Congressional Republicans, not Congressional Democrats, not President Obama. Senate Democrats haven't passed its own budget in three years. Didn't mark up a budget plan this year. And are more interested in holding on to its slim majority in the elections. At least House Republicans have passed a plan with the intention to reduce the deficit and debt. But again we are looking at Budget Deficit, for at least another decade under the House Republican plan. Rep. Ryan talks a great game about the issues we face and our challenges. But seems to be more interested in scoring Partisan Points against the President. For Republicans to use on the Campaign Trail. Which works great in the GOP but nowhere else.

Rep. Ryan criticizes President Obama for being in "Campaign Mode" in this speech. But he must like that, because thats exactly what he's doing. His approach to problem solving, is take it or leave it. Democrats have already left it and his counteroffer, is to well I guess we'll have to wait until the next Congress. When hopefully we'll have a Republican President and a Republican Congress. Not working with Democrats to pass something now.