Quotes of the day

posted at 9:15 pm on April 3, 2011 by Allahpundit

“Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget committee, will propose fundamental reforms to Medicare and Medicaid in the GOP budget expected to be released Tuesday, implying in a Fox News Sunday interview that the deficit savings would exceed $4 trillion

“When President Obama ignored the proposals of his own fiscal commission, it was an indication that he had chosen politics over leadership. That is, it was more important for him to goad Republicans into proposing entitlement reform so Democrats could attack them for it, then it was for him to try and actually address the nation’s challenges. Evidently, Ryan has decided to take the opposite approach.”

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“Even as the two parties struggled over the weekend to reach a deal on federal spending for the next six months and avert a government shutdown at the end of the week, House Republicans were completing a budget proposal for next year and beyond. It is likely to spur an ideological showdown over the size of government and the role of entitlement programs like Medicaid and Medicare…

“‘Ryan isn’t touching the third rail,’ Mr. Cole said, employing the expression used to suggest that messing with Social Security and Medicare can be politically fatal. ‘He is wrapping both hands around it.’…

“Republican leaders have not previously embraced Mr. Ryan’s proposals on Medicare and Social Security, but Mr. Boehner said he had tired of watching Congress avoid difficult decisions on entitlement programs.

“‘You can’t continue to whistle past the graveyard,’ he said. ‘We are imprisoning the future for our kids and our grandkids if we do not act, and it’s time to act.’”

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Via the Daily Caller.

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“‘We are giving them a political weapon to go out against us, but they will have to lie and demagogue to make that a political weapon,’ [Ryan] said. ‘They are going to demagogue us, and it’s that demagoguery that has always prevented political leaders in the past from actually trying to fix the problem. We can’t keep kicking this can down the road.’”

“He added, ‘Shame on them if they do that.’”


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I am in agreement with Rep. Ryan that the key is to stop spending. What goes into the action of spending? Two basic human elements derived from Maslow – understanding the difference between a want and a need.

Adults chronologically, but not in terms of maturity. Liberal children want everything but need someone else to pay for it, How have they done this. my mincing two words and basically manipulating the public to believe them.

Those words, discretionary and mandatory. Liberals have changed mandatory budgetary line items such as Social Security, Medicare, etc. Therefore, when considering budget items those in the Mandatory category are considered first, while the items they have classified as Discretionary are every item the legislation such as Defense.

The bottom line is that changing the definitions and swapping the budget line items puts all of the programs mandated by the Constitution at risk of bankrupting this country and making U.S. vulnerable to being seriously targeted.

MSGTAS on April 4, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Go Paul!

I’m glad they are finally calling out the Dems on demagogueing (sp?). It won’t be fun, but the facts are on our side. Call them out and use it against them in 2012, or Obama will be unbeatable. He must be contained if not totally defeated, so let’s take the Senate next.

Meet the challenge head on, GOP, and stay true to fiscal conservatism. We have got your back.

PattyJ on April 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM

When did they start allowing grownups into Congress? Kudos to Ryan and the GOP for taking the plunge into entitlement reform. That is, if they actually DO take the plunge; color me skeptical until the budget is out in all of its gory detail.

hawksruleva on April 4, 2011 at 11:47 AM

It’ll never happen but Brit Hume just detailed how Obama can win re-election.. if he signs on to something that cuts TRILLIONS in debt over the next ten years then he has the Independent voters locked down again and not just with speeches and rhetoric but something substantive for a change.

Yakko77 on April 5, 2011 at 12:22 AM

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