The Ryan Budget: Serious Policy Or Political Stunt?

The New York Times invited a number of people, yours truly included, to contribute brief pieces to a Room For Debate forum on the question: Is the Ryan budget a viable policy proposal, or just a political gesture? Here’s are links to the forum, and to my own submission.

My basic answer to the forum’s question was “Neither one.” I don’t think the Ryan budget is viable as policy, and it’s not exactly a political gesture, either, in the sense of being a popular poll-tested bauble for Republicans to sport in an election cycle. It’s more a holding action to keep movement conservatives at bay, leaving Republicans, if they do expand their grip on power, to figure out how to square the various circles of their fiscal policies.

The other participants in the forum were Veronique de Rugy of George Mason University, Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center, Edwin Park of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Gretchen Hamel of Public Notice. That’s pretty wonky company for a blogger.

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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.