Skip to comments.Meet Paul Ryan 2.0
Posted on 11/02/2013 12:21:04 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
This was shaping up to be Paul Ryan's moment.
With the Republican Party reeling from a government shutdown and a near disaster over the debt limit, the chairman of the House Budget Committee was tasked with leading the GOP in a six-week bicameral budget conference. Republicans, who demanded these talks in exchange for a short-term budget resolution, were expected to pursue big-picture negotiations over America's long-term fiscal challenges.
But that's not going to happen. Since being appointed as the Republican negotiating chief two weeks ago, Ryan has endeavored to lower public expectations for the committee, saying he hopes to pursue small, targeted policy fixes rather than broad, sweeping reforms.
"We don't want to set expectations that aren't going to be achieved. That's not helpful," Ryan told National Journal Daily on the eve of negotiations.
Ryan added: "There won't be a grand bargain. So we shouldn't suggest that there will be."
Such modesty of purpose sounds peculiar coming from a politician who, after Republicans regained the House majority in 2011, was celebrated by conservatives as America's fiscal messiah. When Ryan released a budget that year, he described it as "the new House majority's answer to history's call."
Indeed, Ryan viewed his role in momentous context. Upon taking the Budget Committee gavel in 2011, he envisioned a great fiscal settlement, built upon sweeping reforms to America's entitlement system. But for nearly three years thereafter, Washington failed to reach a comprehensive agreement, with both sides balking on concessions and reverting to finger-pointing that eroded trust and emptied the Capitol's already-diminished reservoir of goodwill.
Of course, Ryan was no innocent.
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Fair analysis of Paul Ryan’s change of direction.
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Raise your hand if you are over Paul Ryan.
They just can’t resist the spending power. It’s all about them come hell or high water
isn’t he the idiot that says we need 50 jillion new workers to fill all the jobs openings in the United States....yeah I think it’s him ...
he’s a POS that made a fool out of me and a lot of other people ....FUPR
Like Rubio i am all done with Paul Ryan.
I wish he’d go away.
A pathetic flop as a candidate, a Republican and a human being.
Liberal crossfit f*got...
No long touchdown passes, just blocking and tackling.
I think I get even more disgusted with Paul Ryan than I do with Romney (and I hate Romney’s guts). Probably because of the sheer duplicity involved in selling Ryan as the true-blue conservative counterbalance to Romney on the 2012 ticket. Turned out a total snow-job. Especially when just a few months later, Ryan is out supporting homo adoptions and pushing amnesty big-time, standing on stage right alongside that loathesome Guiterrez in selling it.
As if I hadn’t already grown intensely distrustful of the entire GOP after the grotesque backstabbing of Palin, then the nomination of a Massachusetts liberal... it gets topped off by this year’s blatant betrayals by Rubio and Ryan.
Been an exclusively Republican voter all my life, but I’ve pretty much had it. I’m hardly joking when I say the first mental imagery that comes to my mind in regards to the GOP nowadays is no longer Ronald Reagan, but rather, a knife lodged in a human backside.
sorry, D.C. doesn’t make you a central planner. that’s in you from the beginning. it’s that insane compulsion to fix the problems only you know how to fix in the clueless, unwashed masses, er, that is, the people. you just got to “help out” in the biggest way you can imagine.
and, btw, you just can’t become a trusted member of the GOPe without it.
Once Ryan showed his true colors as a pure RINO, I was done with him forever.
That happened way before this hear. But nobody wanted to be reminded that he was always a big government statist in 2012. Anyone just seeing that now hasn’t been paying attention for a long time.
dittos, I keep getting fundraising emails fro him and the replies I send would singe the devils hair. I almost hope he doesn’t stop sending them because its a tiny bit therapeutic to tell him FU even though I know he doesn’t read them.
Don’t RINO me, bro.
“There won’t be a grand bargain. So we shouldn’t suggest that there will be.”
Because to Ryan and other members of the GOPe Defeatist Caucus, there’s NEVER a right time to fight for anything in DC.
Lost me when he joined the McCain grahamnesty backstabbers.
paul ryan, dead to me.
Sad but true. He held such promise. He seemed so principled, but if he folded as easily as he did, then apparently not.