Skip to comments.2012 GOP hopefuls punt on budget
Posted on 04/07/2011 1:40:20 AM PDT by Scanian
Paul Ryan has stepped up. Now it's time for the rest of the GOP -- espe cially those seeking to challenge President Obama in 2012 -- to do the same.
The House Budget Committee chairman's fiscal blueprint for the next four years fills a gaping hole in the Republicans' effort to seize the fiscal high ground and repeal the excesses of Obamanomics: Not only does it call for necessary reductions and restructurings of the entitlement state, which are slowly choking the productive resources of the nation, but it finally outlines a Reaganesque agenda to grow the economy.
The deficits would be cut, and that's a good thing, but this is not just a plan for bean-counters or slash-and-burn Tea Partiers. The proposal would also slash individual and corporate tax rates, all in an effort to boost private-sector spending and investment -- the necessary ingredients of economic growth.
The president and the Democratic Party apparatus, including its friends in the media, are sure to demagogue Ryan's bold solution. Yet the very people looking to lead the charge against Obama and his bizarre economic theories in the 2012 election, the GOP presidential candidates, appear to be running for cover.
Sure, the candidates offered vague praise for Ryan after the plan's release on Tuesday.
Mitt Romney said Ryan is "setting the right tone for finally getting spending and entitlements under control." Tim Pawlenty cheered Ryan for "offering real leadership."
In other words, nobody was willing to embrace the details. The closest was probable noncandidate Sarah Palin, who tweeted that it's a "serious & necessary reform proposal."
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As usual, she was ahead of the curve.
BTW, this apparently is the meme of the week among the Journolist crowd...Sarah takes a few days to recover from her Alaska to India to Israel to Florida back to Alaska trip, and now she's suddenly a "non-candidate."
I guess that she's putting herself through all of this just for the fun of it. Just two weeks ago, I was seeing complaints from PDS'ers that Sarah was "overexposed." Now that she's pulled back a bit from her television appearances, she's "out of the fight"
The governor just can't win with these people, no matter what she does.
Yep. The meme has been, ‘she won’t shut up, she’s always thrusting herself into news cycles, ignore her blah blah blah.’ Now it’s ‘where is she? why isn’t she talking?’
Mitch Daniels on Ryan’s proposal:
The House budget resolution is the first serious proposal produced by either party to deal with the overriding issue of our time. The national debt we are amassing threatens the livelihood and the liberty of every single American, and in particular the life prospects of our young people.
Anyone criticizing this plan without offering a specific and equally bold program of his own has failed in the public duty to be honest and clear with Americans about the gravest danger we are facing together.
This is the Presidents ball. He is the one punting. The rest are “hopefuls” they have no power.
What makes you think she's running?
DeLay was defending Republicans choice to borrow money and add to this years expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesnt seem possible.
Ryan did say that Mitch was the only prospective candidate who fully understands the plan.
That does not bode well for Ryan to say such a thing about Mitch. I had Ryan as a possible VP pick for Sarah.
Did he actually say that? Where?
Ryan was willing to talk up the presidential prospects of another Republican: Indiana governor Mitch Daniels. “He would be a great president,” said Ryan. “He looks like your accountant, but thats not so bad maybe.” In Ryan’s estimation, Daniels is the only potential GOP presidential candidate at the moment who really gets the ideas outlined in his Road Map and is willing to fight for them. “Are there [other] people who right now know these issues, have the principles, have the courage of their convictions, and are willing and able to defend them? Nobody comes to my mind,” Ryan said. But he added that “any one of these guys” interested in running for president could get up to speed on the Road Map.
I’m sorry, wrong thread. I thought you were responding to a comment I made about Trump and spending on another thread.
She telegraphed it loud and clear in Going Rogue, which I doubt you have read.
I hear ya, just that Daniels is a loser. I am actually quite a fan of Ryan, I had mentioned his name as a possible VP pick for Sarah Palin. For sure I was not turning on Ryan over a comment...was just saying...