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.”