Skip to comments.Ryan’s Rope: The budget chairman hangs conservatives out to dry.
Posted on 12/12/2013 5:26:14 AM PST by bestintxas
House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan has now accomplished the astonishing task of pushing House Republicans substantially to the left of the Senate GOP. His budget deal, announced Tuesday night, was achieved by shutting conservative Senate Republicans out of negotiations, by resorting to the old trick of spending now while claiming savings later, by ignoring a symbolically important budgetary red line, and by treating as Democratic concessions things to which even Democratic budgeteers already had agreed.
The chess equivalent of Ryans deal would be trading a castle for a mere pawn. No wonder conservatives are feeling rooked.
One need not have been a de-funder absolutist (I wasnt one) to oppose this agreement. First, though, perhaps a little historical perspective is in order. In the long run, the realistic conservative baseline for domestic appropriations should be fiscal year 2000 the last full normal budget that was signed by President Bill Clinton, certainly no hard-hearted slouch in the empathy department. It was the final year in which Clinton and the then-Republican Congress were in a political stasis, with neither having a marked advantage because both were battered and bruised by the just-concluded impeachment process; it was also a year, arithmetically, where spending came in at a point between the heady first two years of the Gingrich Congress and the full-fledged spending blowout for fiscal year 2001 (legislated in calendar year 2000) in which both parties lost all restraint while trying to buy voting constituencies for the knifes-edge BushGore election year.
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He is a RINO.
q: are the people in Wisconsin intending to primary him?
probably not but the rest of the country can make sure he doesn’t have enough votes to ever be in leadership again
He agreed to tax increases as well in this deal with Patty Murray under the guise of “fee increases”.
Ryan doesn’t care about conservatives. He wants to reach the disillusioned non-conservative voter who’s been hurt by Obamacare and look “bipartisan”.
Ryan will reach no one ..If he is looking towards ‘a higher office’ he will still have to make it through the primaries and conservatives will do everything to make sure he ain’t the candidate
Paul Ryan proved to be a lightweight.
What a waste. He turned the wrong way after the 2012 election and has become a shill for Washington status quo. He wasn’t perfect before, but he was a leader for change pre-2012.
Its housecleaning time.
No RINO including my governor (Tom Corbett) who just raised fees, fines and created a new wholesale tax that will drive gas prices up 28 cents a gallon will get my vote next
And that’s in any election including the general.
“This Ryan bashing makes me so sad” said Nichol Wallace on The Morning Joe
How about Ryan's 10 year Balanced Budget resolution that reforms Medicare by leaving it exactly as ir is for another 10 years and cuts taxes at the same time??
And he said he reforms Medicare without affecting anyone over 65... when only those over 65 get medicare.
Who says there is no GOP Santa Claus ??
I reached the point a while back where the betrayals don’t surprise me any more; I pretty much expect them to happen. If the day ever comes when we’re NOT betrayed, I might die of shock.
Well I hope Ryan is happy in the Congress because he has cut his throat as far as ever running for President. I wasn’t impressed with his first budget attempt so I’m not shocked that he has now surrendered to the Dems and is cutting the Sequester loose. Possibly the only real cost cutting to go into effect in recent years.
The GOP is just as invested in big govt as the Dems. Poor old Mark Levin came to a sudden realization yesterday after interviewing Ryan on his radio show. He now realizes a total economic collapse will not be avoided as neither party will ever cut spending or reduce the size of govt willingly. I almost felt sorry for Mark yesterday.
I had thought that Ryan was smarter than this. Do these people really think the FED can print a trillion dollars a year to buy treasuries for another 9 years? At some point really nasty inflation hits and we the people won’t be able to buy groceries.
I got to see a laundry list of who in just one state will be hit by a second round of sequestration. What really stands out is that they are almost all “takers” from the economy, not people who “give” to the economy. Once you notice that, any sympathy that “people” will be harmed by a second round of sequestration takes a big hit.
Here is the laundry list. Fewer federal dollars for:
The state’s defense contractors.
Head Start programs.
Public schools that serve low-income students.
Research at the state’s universities. (Actually, it would stop the planned *doubling* of current research funding from $1b to $2b a year. A lot of sequestration only cuts the rate of growth, not actual cuts.)
Nutrition programs for senior citizens.
Public health services.
National parks. (Land taken from the states.)
Subsidized housing for poor families.
The state FBI District will furlough agents and civilian employees. (This office was deeply involved in the Fast & Furious scandal.)
Shorter public school tutoring hours, fewer math and reading aids, and fewer teachers.
The Section 8 program, which provides rent subsidies.
It would require federal workers to pay more into pension plans.
Importantly, the deal does not extend long-term federal unemployment insurance, which some want added to the deal later in conference committee.
You must admit - Ryan did put on a pretty good imitation of a conservative when he ran for Vice President and wanted our votes.
Just heard Ryan on the news. He said, “It was the best deal we could get.”
Now where have we heard that before? That’s right, it is one of Boehner’s favorite lines (as he bends over one more time for the Democrats).
How is the GOP different from the Democreeps with this deal? If you have Mitch McConnell saying he won't vote for this turd, you've lost everyone to the right of Obama. Insanity. Political insanity.
Saban said it’s not that people set their goals high and miss. It’s that they set their goals low and hit. Describes the gop.
Mr. Ryan isn’t very smart. He had his (our) hat handed to him during the negotiations. Its best that he stay in Congress so he can be monitored because we wouldn’t want him in some position of authority or safety... like a crossing guard or something.
It's a long march; for every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I'm comfortable with 2-3 "unviable" candidates that take out incumbents in the primaries.
“You must admit - Ryan did put on a pretty good imitation of a conservative when he ran for Vice President and wanted our votes.”
Am starting to think it might be impossible for conservatives to come from certain parts of the country
Name the staunch conservatives who have come from the northeast/ north central us in last 25 years?