The Next Ryan Budget

We may be waiting for months or years on a consensus GOP Obamacare Alternative, but the wait for the next Ryan Budget should end tomorrow. It will be a “blueprint” document, which means it will disclose and obscure details as is politically expedient. And since it’s an election year, and one in which there is zero prospect of (or need for) any actual budgetary decisions, the hype/detail ratio is likely to exceed past Ryan Budget exercises.

On the other hand, the make-no-waves principle also means that very high profile features of past Ryan Budgets will undoubtedly be included; congressional Republicans who have already voted twice for turning Medicare into a premium support system don’t want Ryan to pull the rug from beneath them now.

All in all, it should be a same-old same-old moment, though it will be interesting to see how blatantly Ryan chooses to contradict his recent expressions of empathy for the poor.

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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.