Quotes of the day

posted at 10:45 pm on April 5, 2011 by Allahpundit

“The country lacked that leadership until today. Today, Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, is scheduled to release the most comprehensive and most courageous budget reform proposal any of us have seen in our lifetimes. Ryan is expected to leap into the vacuum left by the president’s passivity. The Ryan budget will not be enacted this year, but it will immediately reframe the domestic policy debate.

“His proposal will set the standard of seriousness for anybody who wants to play in this discussion. It will become the 2012 Republican platform, no matter who is the nominee. Any candidate hoping to win that nomination will have to be able to talk about government programs with this degree of specificity, so it will improve the G.O.P. primary race…

“Paul Ryan has grasped reality with both hands. He’s forcing everybody else to do the same.”

***
“When he introduced his Roadmap in early 2008, with proposals anticipating much of what’s in this week’s budget, he had only seven co-sponsors, and most Republicans of his fellow seemed desperate to pretend that it didn’t exist at all. And even the most socialist-sympathizing, Paul Wellstone-idolizing, single-payer-dreaming left-winger should be able to draw a kind of inspiration from the doggedness and discipline with which Ryan pushed his ideas from the margins of the party to the mainstream. This is how we should want all our legislators to approach the people’s business, whether they’re liberal or conservative or somewhere in between — putting what they consider good policy above what everyone else in their party considers good politics. Too few of them do. But for the ones who try to make real substance their touchstone, rather than just partisan advantage, today should be a hopeful day.

Credit also goes to John Boehner, who in many respects is the anti-Paul Ryan. He’s the least wonky figure imaginable —a politician’s politician, the quintessential backroom dealmaker, the man who creates a smoke-filled room wherever he goes. He is the kind of party leader who one would expect to throw up every obstacle imaginable to a document like this budget — a document that may have no political upside, a document that’s wonk-approved rather than poll-tested, and a document that’s essentially a repudiation of the kind of ‘Mediscare’ tactics that played a not-insignificant role in making Boehner Speaker of the House in the first place. Instead, he essentially gave Ryan a free hand in the budget process, and agreed to put the weight of his office behind the results. And he did so, perhaps just as crucially, without any of the self-aggrandizement and histrionics that defined the G.O.P. leadership under Newt Gingrich, the last time these kind of issues were on the table…

“Whatever you think of what the House Republicans are proposing, it’s the antithesis of politics as usual.”

***
“For over a year, the White House has been laying a trap, attempting to force Republicans into embracing entitlement reforms so that President Obama and Democrats would have a giant target to attack. But with the release of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget today, that strategy could backfire…

“[W]hether you agree or disagree with his approach, it’s clear that Ryan’s budget is a serious deficit-reduction plan that grapples with the problem. If Obama responds to Ryan with his own deficit reduction plan that confronts entitlements, his liberal base will go apoplectic. Yet if he doesn’t offer anything, then all his talk about being the kind of president who would set politics aside to deal with the nation’s challenges looks even more empty than it already does.

“In 2012, as Obama is up for reelection, the federal deficit is slated to be $1.1 trillion, according to the White House’s own estimates. If he is opposing Ryan’s budget, but not offering any serious counter-proposal of his own, he’ll have his work cut out for him. And this time, it’ll be hard to skate by simply by blaming George W. Bush.”

***
“The risk is that Paul Ryan has created a plan only Paul Ryan can sell with his passion and deep expertise. He does make political concessions. The plan doesn’t, for instance, cut Medicare spending on current retirees or older workers. But austerity of that sort probably isn’t needed yet. Current trends, though, are leading toward a fiscal crisis that would result in both extreme and immediate benefit cuts and higher taxes.

“And that, ultimately, is how the political case is made. The alternative to the Ryan Path isn’t the fiscally unsustainable status quo, but a future of harsh austerity beset by financial crisis, stifled by higher interest rates and marred by a lower standard of living. In short, the death of the American Dream and the collapse of any social safety net.

“But there is a way forward to another American Century and away from that nightmare. And Ryan has found it.”

***
“Today, we are here to give Americans the debate they deserve.”


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“The country lacked that leadership until today…”

No need to read any further. Truth!

Electrongod on April 5, 2011 at 10:49 PM

I’m excited. Let’s roll!

John the Libertarian on April 5, 2011 at 10:50 PM

“But with the release of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget today, that strategy could backfire…”

BOOM SHAKA LAKA…!

Seven Percent Solution on April 5, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Paul Ryan is really too good for this country.

Vyce on April 5, 2011 at 10:52 PM

I bet The Won still tries to run on not being W.

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 10:53 PM

We need to make Ryan’s budget happen.

Kini on April 5, 2011 at 10:53 PM

And this time, it’ll be hard to skate by simply by blaming George W. Bush.”

Especially when he’s turning into GWB by the day. But they’ll try anyways.

SouthernGent on April 5, 2011 at 10:54 PM

I bet The Won still tries to run on not being W.

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Obama is Awesome.

*Choke*

Electrongod on April 5, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Obama will attack it two ways: First, it’s just the same old Republican plan to hurt middle-class and working-class. And, second, any downturn is once again not his fault. After all, the Republicans slashed the deficit from $ 1.6 trillion all the way down to $ 1.1 trillion (say) and what country could possibly grow under such a tight lid on government spending?

Fred 2 on April 5, 2011 at 10:57 PM

That’s what I want in a President. Leadership, courage, hard WORK, straightforward problem solving and a delivery that lacks pretension, flourishes or guile.

Way to set the bar, Ryan!

ace tomato on April 5, 2011 at 10:59 PM

We need to pressure him to run against Obama.

Daveyardbird on April 5, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Remember when Greece, and Italy, and even staid old Britain had those major and quite costly riots because benefits were being cut as one of the few means these nations had to prevent total collapse of their economy?

It can happen here. You’ve seen how those wonderful law-abiding public service workers reacted in Wisconsin and in Ohio recently, and those weren’t even real cuts.

Start cutting the fat and bit of lean now, or have to cut everything to the bone in just a few years.

What’s it gonna be?

We’ve put this stuff off for far far too long, punted it, kicked the can down the road a few times too many.

Paul Ryan, please push this issue. Make it work.

Frankly, it is the last best alternative to what will be in our face a lot sooner than we’d have ever imagined, and it will be ugly, very ugly.

coldwarrior on April 5, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Paul Ryan today is what LEADERSHIP looks like.

PappyD61 on April 5, 2011 at 11:05 PM

I bought extra loin-girders just in case.

Bishop on April 5, 2011 at 11:06 PM

The Republicans have done an incredible job armoring themselves for the coming political battle. The continuing resolutions on the budget give them the credibility to blame the coming shutdown on Democrats. Letting Paul Ryan helm the budget process was a brilliant move because he knows how to explain numbers to people.

As I watch liberals on the internet screech and whine and try desperately to label the Republicans as hating the poor and the elderly, the only thing I can think is that the liberals are really, truly out of ideas. They’re completely out of their depth. They have no idea how to pay for their profligate spending and don’t seem to care that they’re making it obvious to everyone that they’re incompetent at budgeting.

I’m ready for a fight. Who’s with me?

Caiwyn on April 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Ryan has made some great arguments for his budget against the progressive liberal strawman arguments against it.

Every LIBERAL talking point by the progressives should be countered with a RYAN talking points to take the progressive message down.

Let the negotiations begin!

Kini on April 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM

I’m ready for a fight. Who’s with me?

Caiwyn on April 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM

I’m right behind you…. all the way – John Boehner

Kini on April 5, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Paul Ryan single handedly does what a supermajority of hundreds of LOSERS in the Dim party could not. wtg man! there is hope where there was none since 2006.

maineconservative on April 5, 2011 at 11:11 PM

oh, and Go Boehner!

maineconservative on April 5, 2011 at 11:13 PM

It’s morning in America once again. Go, Paul Ryan. That is what leadership looks like.

onlineanalyst on April 5, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Nice shooting kid, but don’t get cocky!

Mojave Mark on April 5, 2011 at 11:15 PM

I’m excited. Let’s roll!

John the Libertarian on April 5, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on April 5, 2011 at 11:17 PM

I’m ready for a fight. Who’s with me?
Caiwyn on April 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Will there be crossbows that shoot flaming skulls, can I wear a bearskin cape and nothing else, and can I scream Wolverines! Gophers! while attacking a supply convoy?

If yes to all of the above, I’m in.

Bishop on April 5, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Finally! Signs of life from elected Republicans.

Continue to take the fight to the Extremely Extreme Extremists Democrats. Make them compromise with you, not the other way around. Be bold, be strong, be leaders. WE WILL SUPPORT YOU!

DeathB4Tyranny on April 5, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Bishop on April 5, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Did you go look at Allahpundit’s beta guy video?

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 11:25 PM

true conservatism ALWAYS WINS.

maineconservative on April 5, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Did you go look at Allahpundit’s beta guy video?
Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Does such a thing exist? I don’t think AP is the type to share my Red Dawn survivalist end of the world zombiepocalypse fantasies.

Or wear a bearskin cape.

Bishop on April 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Is that Timothy Geithner Jay Carney crawling to escape on the video’s left side between the 10 and 15 second marks?

Shy Guy on April 5, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Bishop on April 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM

It’s not really Allah’s but I guarantee that there are people in it who would love to wear your bearskin cape. As long at it didn’t offend any women.

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM

What’s with the guy with the 24-karat hair behind Ryan?

John the Libertarian on April 5, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM

John the Libertarian on April 5, 2011 at 11:43 PM

it is great to see both of you contributing to a QOTD thread!..:)

Dire Straits on April 5, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Dire Straits on April 5, 2011 at 11:47 PM

I know, I haven’t been around we’ve been busy and reading. I’m all wrapped up in the Wisconsin election.

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Paul Ryan is a genius and a statesman.
I wish he were speaker!
Let’s get behind him with letters to all of our congressmen and senators.

Mark7788 on April 5, 2011 at 11:55 PM

HELL
FOOKIN
YES

blatantblue on April 5, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Okay, is there a P surge coming?

(That sounds accidentally icky. Sorry.)

ace tomato on April 5, 2011 at 11:57 PM

And I posted it on the wrong thread anyway. Was wondering if there is a Prosser surge coming now that Milwaukee is wrapped reporting. I’ll scoot back over to the other thread now . . .

ace tomato on April 5, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 11:51 PM

I am into the Wisconsin Judge race myself!..Prosser has to pull it out!..:)

Dire Straits on April 6, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Credit also goes to John Boehner… He is the kind of party leader who one would expect to throw up every obstacle imaginable to a document like this budget — a document that may have no political upside, a document that’s wonk-approved rather than poll-tested… Instead, he essentially gave Ryan a free hand in the budget process, and agreed to put the weight of his office behind the results. And he did so, perhaps just as crucially, without any of the self-aggrandizement and histrionics that defined the G.O.P. leadership under Newt Gingrich, the last time these kind of issues were on the table…

For all of the Boehner-haters on our side.

itsnotaboutme on April 6, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Dire Straits on April 6, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Looking pretty shaky at the moment. I am sure we are putting way to much emphasis on it. I was hoping for another repudiation of the Left’s policies and tactics.

Cindy Munford on April 6, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Can we start calling Democrats “the party of no” now?

pappy on April 6, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Remember that not so excited Conservative base poll?

Put your hands above your heads the roller coaster is picking up speed….WoooHoooo!

Pop up some Orville the libs are already writhing in pain.

Speakup on April 6, 2011 at 12:09 AM

I pray we don’t nitpick the thing to death. I’m behind it 100%. Looks like our guys are holding the line… so we got our part to do too.

jodetoad on April 6, 2011 at 12:19 AM

I realize Rep. Ryan won’t get the facetime that The Won gets but geesh, it’s good to know that someone is seriously working on real problems. All Obama does is look for ways to get money (other than his own) to buy votes. I have to believe that people see that.

Cindy Munford on April 6, 2011 at 12:24 AM

OT

Did anyone else see this?

That girl in Colorado has some massive balls! Who will get to her first, the Muslims or our government?

Pattosensei on April 6, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Dire Straits on April 5, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Great to be here — life has been hectic.

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2011 at 12:33 AM

OT

Prosser just pulled ahead by a hair, when it’s almost over.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Credit goes to Sarah Palin for coming out in support of Ryan’s Road Map when every one was shunning it. Yet Ryan treated her as if she were a no-account speck of lint on the sleeve of his suit. He was never gracious enough to acknowledge her support, and it was that support that helped to mainstream his ideas.

SilentWatcher on April 6, 2011 at 12:37 AM

“Any candidate hoping to win that nomination will have to be able to talk about government programs with this degree of specificity, so it will improve the G.O.P. primary race…”

It’s a good thing we are not going up against this guy…
… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2011 at 12:40 AM

President Paul Ryan?

rosewaning on April 6, 2011 at 12:41 AM

Expect more calls by the socialists to rob the wealth, feed the welfare, and pay off the unions.

Kini on April 6, 2011 at 12:50 AM

It’s a good thing we are not going up against this guy…

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2011 at 12:40 AM

That’s a keeper for 2012

Kini on April 6, 2011 at 12:55 AM

That’s a keeper for 2012

Kini on April 6, 2011 at 12:55 AM

+7%…!

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Great to be here — life has been hectic.

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Great to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on April 6, 2011 at 1:15 AM

I hate to be superficial…but ladies, does anyone else notice that Rep. Ryan on top of being brilliant….is a hottie????

Xango Annie on April 6, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Xango Annie on April 6, 2011 at 1:45 AM

He is definitely easy to look at.

Cindy Munford on April 6, 2011 at 1:52 AM

At least someone is attempting to do something constructive without out regard to future polling and media reports…

Gohawgs on April 6, 2011 at 2:39 AM

Ryan continues to impress, standing out from the rest. No BS, no pie in the sky. This is what we need. More please.

Kenosha Kid on April 6, 2011 at 3:09 AM

I will be interested to see what the potential GOP presidential candidates have to say about Ryan’s budget plan?

It’s obvious Palin is supporting Ryan’s budget cuts and has been for sometime now.

I would like to hear what the other potential candidates think about Ryan’s plan and whether they support it or will support something similar in the future.

Do we have any other GOP leaders on record showing support for these type of cuts in the budget or are most of them cowering in the corner reading the poll numbers and avoiding the problem?

I know the GOP has shown tepid support at best towards these type of deep cuts in the past. I hope that changes.

chief on April 6, 2011 at 3:28 AM

The rest are hiding under their desk.

karenhasfreedom on April 6, 2011 at 3:44 AM

If Ryan plans to balance the budget on Medicare without touching extra-constitutional expenditures like the Departments of Education, Energy, FDA, USDA, etc. then it is going to be a tough row to hoe. Seniors will see that we’re taking it all away from future seniors and nobody else.

We should have an approach that admits we have to do something about Medicare and SS, but we get to it after everything else is cut.

Kafir on April 6, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Xango Annie on April 6, 2011 at 1:45 AM

It’s only superficial if that is what matters most to you. If it makes you feel better, you can claim to be upholding the long and noble history of aesthetics as a branch of philosophy focusing on beauty, art, and taste. Or, you can simply say “Woo woo” every time he makes an appearance.

DrMagnolias on April 6, 2011 at 7:20 AM

The Roadmap is a first step and a necessary step to break the logjam of politics and the hold of government on our economy.

It is only a first step, but must be taken.

This is not the war, just the opening salvo of what will be a long-seeming slog. It will be dirty, it will be messy, Leftists will rend their hair and beat their chests and cry like stuck pigs. The clueless will be asking why government can’t be their brother’s keeper for them… and should be informed it is less competent than you are at that and only has the power to punish.

I still see the structural problems as the main ones – anything that leaves this horrific structure intact is not going after the problem, just the symptom. The road to a small government does not go through a well managed authoritarian one, but on the idea that you can cut down an authoritarian one’s appetite and reach, and then people will be better and not worse off for it. Remind them of this when every Leftist screeches about the elderly, about ‘the children’, about ‘the poor’ and then point out that things got better after welfare reform, not worse.

Unlimber the cluebats. Our fellow citizens need some reminders.

ajacksonian on April 6, 2011 at 7:22 AM

He is definitely easy to look at.

Cindy Munford on April 6, 2011 at 1:52 AM

2nd that

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:26 AM

according to the lsm, this shutdown all falls on the gop shoulders…its like the dems don’t have a stake in it at all…this is their bloody budget that the gop is fixing for them…

infuriating!!!

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:28 AM

It will fall on the GOP all the way.
Blame game.

OmahaConservative on April 6, 2011 at 7:44 AM

OmahaConservative on April 6, 2011 at 7:44 AM

*sigh*

mornin OC

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Paul Ryan, the next VPOTUS. He has to be the odds-on favorite pick for a running mate – brings a former lib state into play and well-spoken. Can you imagine this guy up against Slow Joe in the VP debates next year?

PatMac on April 6, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Paul Ryan is a genius and a statesman.
I wish he were speaker!
Let’s get behind him with letters to all of our congressmen and senators.

Mark7788 on April 5, 2011 at 11:55 PM

To use a military analogy – Boehner is a General. Ryan is a howitzer. Let each part of the army fill its role.

fossten on April 6, 2011 at 7:55 AM

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Mornin’ darlin’

OmahaConservative on April 6, 2011 at 7:59 AM

I will be interested to see what the potential GOP presidential candidates have to say about Ryan’s budget plan?

It’s obvious Palin is supporting Ryan’s budget cuts and has been for sometime now.

I would like to hear what the other potential candidates think about Ryan’s plan and whether they support it or will support something similar in the future.

Do we have any other GOP leaders on record showing support for these type of cuts in the budget or are most of them cowering in the corner reading the poll numbers and avoiding the problem?

I know the GOP has shown tepid support at best towards these type of deep cuts in the past. I hope that changes.

chief on April 6, 2011

The other GOP candidates are waiting for the RNC to tell
them what they can say.

Amjean on April 6, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Pattosensei on April 6, 2011 at 12:25 AM

I watched the whole thing.
Very good.

Badger40 on April 6, 2011 at 8:31 AM

…. The road to a small government does not go through a well managed authoritarian one, but on the idea that you can cut down an authoritarian one’s appetite and reach, and then people will be better and not worse off for it. Remind them of this when every Leftist screeches about the elderly, about ‘the children’, about ‘the poor’ and then point out that things got better after welfare reform, not worse.
….
ajacksonian on April 6, 2011 at 7:22 AM

I often feel frustrated. Because our ideology of smaller government makes it hard for us to convey that we care as much about the elderly, the children, and the poor. We care, but our point of reference is different so that it doesn’t enter into the discussion of government spending. We believe that individuals should care for the elderly, the children, and the poor.

Jesus cared deeply about these people. And Jesus was a huge supporter of the concept of wealth redistribution. It disappointed me that the concept of wealth distribution itself, was what was seemly confronted by republicans during the 2008 election, referencing “Joe the Plumber”. But wealth redistribution was never the problem. It was the agent of that distribution that was the problem. Jesus never asked anyone to send their wallet to Rome so that Caeser could redistribute wealth. Jesus wants you, and me, and others personally to redistribute our wealth.

And that is what needs to be the message of republicans. Particularly in our economy when so many are hurting. It’s not that we care less, but rather we care differently. I want the elderly, the poor, the children and others in society who can not look after themselves to receive compassion and care. But that care, that compassion needs to come from the heart and the action of individuals and private sector organizations who are better able to respond to their needs. It’s more efficient and less wasteful.

But how do we convey that message… When we cut spending we just create a void, a vacuum, and that is what scares people. And that vacuum becomes the message for people looking to expand the size and power of government. But as you pointed out, though the vacuum may look scary, it can lead to a better outcome for the people themselves. How should the republican message address the fear of the vacuum or transition between government support and private sector support when the government support is the only defined entity and the private sector support has not yet been realized?

tartan on April 6, 2011 at 8:35 AM

I was all excited about this, until I saw that David Brooks is liking the crease of Ryan’s pants.

Now I can’t stop wondering, what did I miss?

MNHawk on April 6, 2011 at 9:01 AM

I don’t understand what Rep Ryan is doing…

crr6: please enlighten me…

Khun Joe on April 6, 2011 at 9:16 AM

I’m thrilled to see folks waking up to Ryan’s great plan.

I just can’t help wondering though, is Ryan going to get the fickle FU from y’all that Daniels or Rubio got the second he doesn’t dance to the tune you want? If he decides, for example, that now is a stupid time to fight over the funding planned parenthood will you throw him under the old H/A bus? Will you then rehash the disinformation about his past votes such as on TARP again?

I hope not, but I know better.

MJBrutus on April 6, 2011 at 11:24 AM