Ryan Budget: A “Good Start?”

Since you’ll be reading a lot here and elsewhere over the next few days about the draconian impact implementing Paul Ryan’s budget proposal would have (especially if you wring out all the phony assumptions that distort it), thought I’d share a typical hard-core conservative reaction.

RedState’s Daniel Horowitz calls Ryan’s blueprint “a good start.” He then goes on to complain that it (a) doesn’t balance the budget until FY 2040; (b) maintains traditional fee-for-service Medicare as an option instead of eliminating it entirely; (c) doesn’t include Social Security privatization; (d) doesn’t cut enough (sic!) in Medicaid spending; and (e) doesn’t shut down any major federal departments or agencies like Commerce, HUD, Energy, or Education.

Other than that, Horowitz seems to like it a lot.

When you read that Tea Party types in the House and around the country are maintaining pressure on Ryan to go as far as he’s gone or further, this is the sort of perspective to keep in mind. With respect to every form of domestic governance, we’re talking Sack of Rome.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.