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  1. I can’t fathom why somebody would spend any energy criticizing the GOP budget as “unserious” while Obama’s budget is over a month late and counting. The Democrat Senate’s 1st budget in 4 yrs hikes taxes and raises spending above the baseline and never balances the budget.

    “By devoting even more capital to a macro issue where it already has an edge, the GOP risks delaying the development of a detailed and coherent policy agenda to deal with the many other problems that legitimately concern voters, such as health care and education. ”

    Huh? What are the risks? Ryan is chairman of the House Budget Committee. His job is to produce a budget. Let the Health and Education guys come out with their own plans that will get exactly nowhere as long as Reid and Obama are standing in the way.

  2. what’s worse? not having a budget that Paul “likes” or having a budget Paul “likes” that is bogus to the bone?

    ;-)

    The problem with bogus budget is…the word gets out…and people do realize that when you count revenues from a tax you’d repeal – that it opens up the whole thing to be suspect …and rightly so.

    there’s nothing substantially wrong with SS that cannot be fixed with some fairly easy things – IF you are not ideologically opposed to the CONCEPT of SS.

    there’s nothing wrong with getting rid of Medicare Advantage and making people who get more than 70K in retirement income pay substantially more for Medicare and even have people with less income pay more, have higher co-pays, etc – unless of course you are ideologically opposed to the CONCEPT of Medicare.

    80% of the American people support the CONCEPT of SS and Medicare and do expect to have to pay more to get them into fiscal balance but that’s not what Ryan is offering.

    ultimately no matter how he “talks” about it – sooner or later, the 80% will realize his true intentions.

    the problem with the GOP and their “budget” is not “messaging”, it’s the dishonest and disingenuous nature of their motivations.

    1. Speaking of “dishonest and disingenuous,” Larry weighs in..

      “80% of the American people support the CONCEPT of SS and Medicare and do expect to have to pay more to get them into fiscal balance but that’s not what Ryan is offering.”

      Umm, dumbass, the “concept” of SS and Medicare are still there in the Ryan budget.

      Where’s that Obama balanced budget plan again, Larry? Also, once you locate it tell me why we should care since according to you he’s just the guy who signs the checks, nothing more.

  3. sounds good, but as long as the US continues to run trade deficits, it is impossible for the federal government to balance its budget while the private sector is deleveraging…every dollar of private sector surplus is always offset by a government sector deficit, and vice versa; its an accounting identity…
    thus the only time the Federal budget can come close to balance is when the private sector is going into debt in a substantial way, such as we saw during the boom years early last decade…

  4. The Ryan budget is trickle down on roids.I thought the last election settled the nations preferred path forward.Now the Ryan budget is going to be a plus for the GOP in the next election cycle,only if everybody develops amnesia.

    1. “I thought the last election settled the nations preferred path forward.”

      Right, would you think that if Romney won? Or would you demand Democrats “stick to their principles?”

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