But Ryan wouldn't help him either. I think we can balance the budget without touching entitlements. We need more and better audits and controls to weed out fraud, but no arbitrary cuts in entitlements.
The main thing we need to do to balance the budgets is create jobs. And that can be done with import tariffs, closing the border to new workers, expelling the ones that are here illegally, and completely removing regulations on small employers.
Trying to balance the budget without addressing the economy is ridiculous.
“I think we can balance the budget without touching entitlements.”
No, the current set up of “entitlements” creates long-term structural imbalance in the budget that CANNOT be rectified through other means. “Entitlements” must be addressed or we are going to go bankrupt, just like Greece.
And this is the hard part for everyone to accept; EVERYONE must give up something in order to make it work. NO ONE can be exempt, because once you start making exemptions, then you wind up reforming nothing.
Some “entitlements” need (social security) to be tweaked, others (welfare) gutted. But unless you accept the premise of making some significant changes AND sacrfices, we are just wasting our time. Might as well party until the crash.