April 1, 2009

Ryan takes on Obama with Republican budget proposal

Rep. Paul Ryan continued his Obama-esque rise through government ranks today when he presented the Republicans' alternative budget to Congress. The tax-cut-heavy proposal (featured in a Ryan editorial in the Wall Street Journal) has no chance of getting passed, but it does offer a clear alternative to President Obama's budget proposal. It also is just the latest sign that Ryan is a national leader for Republicans and - dare I say - a legitimate contender for the GOP's presidential nomination in 2012.

The Washington Post suggests this year's Republican budget is important because of the party's scathing criticism of Obama's spending plan. But the Journal-Sentinel notes Ryan's plans would require deep spending cuts on popular programs, like Medicare.

Here's Ryan in his own words:

      “America is coping with a deep economic recession today, and facing a tidal wave of debt tomorrow. The President’s budget exploits the current economic crisis to justify trillions in new spending, taxes, and debt. Worse, by failing to address the looming insolvency of our entitlement programs, his plan puts our nation on a path to an even more dire fiscal catastrophe in the future.

      “Republicans must not only act to stop this disastrous course, but offer the American people a better choice. Our budget alternative provides a path out of our current crisis – by restoring economic growth and job creation, controlling spending and deficits – and by lifting the crushing burden of debt and taxes from future generations.

      “The House Republican budget alternative reflects the firm belief that America’s greatest strengths lie in Americans themselves. Empowering Washington to micro-manage our personal affairs threatens prosperity; encouraging the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people restores prosperity. The stakes of this budget debate could not be higher; and the choice for a stronger, more secure, and more prosperous future could not be more clear.”


  1. I'm reminded of a bumper sticker I saw recently: REPUBLICAN HEALTH PLAN: DON'T GET SICK. Mr Ryan is peddling Hoover's failed economic view for a tone deaf and out of touch party. Mr Ryan does not represent the majority of his constituents. He wins elections against weak opponents by raising tons of cash. Marrying oil money doesn't hurt either. The guy's representation is a bitter joke for citizens of this congressional district. We need a hero to rise from the streets to defeat this self-serving suit.

  2. So Racine's unemployment rate is now 15.6 percent, and what is our congressman doing? He's busy trying to catapult himself into the White House by laying out his "Roadmap for America’s Future."

    This, after riding shotgun with Bush the whole eight years.

    They steered us completely off the road and into a distant tree -- but now Ryan emerges from the wreckage and announces that he has ... (wait for it) a map!

    And what a miraculous document it is: Looking at where we are now, he says he wants to accelerate the same navigational brilliance that got us here. As Rachel Maddow put it, he wants to "TRIPLE DOWN on what Bush did to the deficit and the economy. Triple down economics."

    Hasn't Rep. Ryan done enough pathfinding for us already?

  3. Mark has nailed down Ryan's ambitions and his usage of his office for his own greed. Sorry, Ryan hasn't done squat for "his" district. The Republicans are trying out all of their so called "young guns" hoping to find someone who clicks. Sorry, Ryan doesn't click in his own district nor will he click in the nationa wide photo ops.

  4. Rees Roberts4/02/2009 12:12 PM

    I totally agree with Mark Czerniec. Bravo!

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. We wouldn't be in the position of having to do what Obama needs to do if it weren't for what Bush and the republicans did during the last administration. They certainly left a mess for Obama to clean up. And then the republicans have the gall to complain?

    This is hypocrisy at its worst. It certainly appears to me that the republicans no longer can accept the results of our elections. Thank goodness that our Constitution still works.

    I just hope when Mr. Ryan is up for election that people do not forget his actions during this time when his constituents were hurting so much back home. ARGH

  5. It only makes sense that a party currently being wagged by fringe crazy people like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Michele Bachmann would release its alternative budget on April Fools' Day.

    Not only does the Republican plan freeze discretionary spending for five years in the midst of a recession which, by most accounts and proved by history, will countermand any sort of economic recovery, but it also cuts taxes by 10 percent for the same Wall Street executives whose actions largely got us into this economic mess in the first place. In other words: Congratulations, Republicans, you just released a budget that rewards wealthy corporate executives while blocking any attempt to dig us out of the economic catastrophe they created.