Harry Reid: Uhm, Paul Ryan’s budget? Can I get a K-O-C-H-T-O-P-I-A?

posted at 12:41 pm on April 1, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan released his annual budget blueprint on Tuesday morning, and it looks like a fairly familiar iteration of a lot of the deficit-reducing measures we’ve seen in his past proposals. As Philip Klein notes at the Washington Examiner, there are some changes that are clearly mindful of both our fraying economic-growth forecasts as well as election-year optics — namely, switching to a dynamic scoring analysis that accounts for the “macroeconomic fiscal impact” when calculating the budgetary effects of policy proposals to achieve some of the budget cuts, while avoiding huge new entitlement reform proposals that Democrats could use as ammunition — but the overarching message and goal is pretty similar:

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But of course, the mere mention of such a vastly more sustainable long-term fiscal plan almost immediately inspired Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to launch into yet another of his unhinged Koch-addled rants that seem to be dominating his floor speeches lately, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Whereas, for their part, Senate Democrats were so courageous as to… not actually make a budget to function as the party’s defining fiscal platform. Again.


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Paul Ryan will soon be chairman of Ways and Means.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

How does amnesty figure into that graphic, Mr. Ryan?

BKeyser on April 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

If Ryan’s budget (which still increases spending now and promises “later” cuts that will NEVER happen) is the best we have, then it’s over.

If we don’t start drastically cutting spending NOW there isn’t going to be a 10 years from now either for the US Dollar as a currency that is worth anything OR a Regime in DC. While the latter isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the former is disaster for everyone.

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Anybody else notice that lately Dingy Hairy is looking like he’s desperately seeking attention and relevance?

platypus on April 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Instant analysis by Reid betrays a lack of reading of the proposal and should get the disregard it deserves.

KW64 on April 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

This just in:

The “Money Honey” in now on Fox.

ToddPA on April 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

If Ryan’s budget (which still increases spending now and promises “later” cuts that will NEVER happen) is the best we have, then it’s over.

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Tragically: apparently it is; and, it is …

ShainS on April 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

The red portion of the graph should be labeled the “Harry Reid Senate’s No Budget Stand Pat Road to Ruin”.

KW64 on April 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

…thank you Nevada!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Paul Ryan == grown up

One of a rare and dying breed in DC.

MJBrutus on April 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Somebody needs to change Harry Reid’s adult diaper.

It’s a sad state of affairs when the Senate Majority leader speaking from the Senate floor is indistinguishable from an imbecile who comments at the Huffington Post.

How far this country has fallen. Thanks, LIV’s.

HumpBot Salvation on April 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM

How does amnesty figure into that graphic, Mr. Ryan?

BKeyser on April 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Heh.

Great question. [I suspect the slope of that "current path" line doubles ...]

ShainS on April 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Anybody else notice that lately Dingy Hairy is looking like he’s desperately seeking attention and relevance?

platypus on April 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

One of the odd things about SD/Alzheimers/Parkinsons is that while degenerative, the rate of degeneration is not constant. Patients can have sudden events when the disease gets much worse, then returns to the previous rate of degeneration. It never gets better though.

Harry may be going through one of those sudden downturns, indicated by his Koch-Tourette’s ramblings of late.

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Paul Ryan is an amnesty shill that cannot be trusted.

He is just talking the talk here. I bet if it came to it, he wouldn’t actually support this.

We can’t just forget his budget he negotiated with Patty Murray that didn’t cut one cent of spending.

Paul Ryan is a FRAUD!

tcufrog on April 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Dingy may need to be led away in a straight jacket.

Tater Salad on April 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Paul Ryan == grown up

One of a rare and dying breed in DC.

MJBrutus on April 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Funny you mention “grown up”

I see a cabal of Children in Congress, and yes, that would
include Ryan at times….I’ve seen 3 ADULTS in the last
two years there….

Ted Cruz
Mike Lee
Rand Paul

ToddPA on April 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM

..let me add one from the House

Trey Gowdy.

ToddPA on April 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Paul Ryan == grown up

One of a rare and dying breed in DC.

MJBrutus on April 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM

If by ‘grown up’ you mean ‘veterans-benefits-slashing, Democrat-colluding, spending-increasing, amnesty-shilling, prevaricating crapweasel that also happens to be marginally better than most in Congress’, I agree.

Midas on April 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Anybody else notice that lately Dingy Hairy is looking like he’s desperately seeking attention and relevance?

platypus on April 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Narcissists tend to react like this when they get publicly rejected. If you think Dingy Harry is bad now just wait till he’s ousted in November. And if you think THAT is bad, just wait until Emperor Hussein Narcissus HIMSELF reacts to that landslide…

Assuming it’s allowed to happen that is…

ConstantineXI on April 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The RINOs will sell the land, apace. Hate them more than the D-rats.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Paul Ryan is an amnesty shill that cannot be trusted.

tcufrog on April 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Agreed. He proposed cutting military spending and he promotes amnesty. RINO is to good a term for him.

Kaffa on April 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Kochtopia would be better than a Sorostatership.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on April 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I’ve already thrown in the towel. The era of the dollar is over. If politicians don’t have the willpower to stop the debt spiral, it means the voters don’t.

hanzblinx on April 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM

When will this senile pedophile corrupt criminal do the world a favor and just jump on the ice floe (the have them in Nevada now due to “climate change”) and just drift away.

The day this idiot kicks the bucket, I’ll kick up my heels.

ZeusGoose on April 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Kochtopia would be better than a Sorostatership.

Sorostatership has always been at war with Kochtopia.

hawkeye54 on April 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Paul Ryan is an amnesty shill that cannot be trusted.

tcufrog on April 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Even worse, this is more of the same budget shenanigans from the person who surrendered the sequester to one of the dimmest dim bulbs in the US Senate – Patty Murray.

As Ryan designed in the 2014 budget ‘solution’, spending increased now, to be offset by promised (but impossible to guarantee) spending reductions in the latter years of the 10 year projection.

Now in his 2015 budget ‘recommendation’, this so-called fiscal conservative is proposing additional spending increases in FY2015 and FY2016 to be offset by ‘promised’ (but impossible to guarantee) spending reductions in the latter years of the 10 year budget impact projection. In fact, over the next 10 years, according to Ryan, spending will increase $1.6T.

So, this fiscal conservative is actually proposing spending increases in the current and the next two fiscal years…while promising spending cuts in the future to offset the increases. It’s like asking for a hamburger today, and promising to pay for it next Tuesday. (Whimpy of Popeye fame….)

Kicking the can down the road a little further isn’t leadership. Going along to get along isn’t leadership. Increasing spending today and promising offsetting spending reductions 5+ years out isn’t fiscal conservatism or fiscally responsible when we’re speeding towards a $20T national debt by the end of Obama’s 2nd term.

Ryan is demonstrating himself to be part of the problem, not the solution.

Athos on April 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM

full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

That’s Harry Reid in a nut shell.

GarandFan on April 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

The Koch Brothers are living rent-free in Harry Reid’s mind.

Socratease on April 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM

How does amnesty figure into that graphic, Mr. Ryan?

BKeyser on April 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

An excellent question for Lyin’ Ryan, Mr. Keyser.

earlgrey on April 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Yet ANOTHER symbolic, meaningless bill that has NO CHANCE to be passed, ever.

Maybe the House should pass yet another bill to repeal ObamaGlitch that will go straight to the trash can!

Please take your DOA (this should have been in the title of the bill) budget and throw it in the same can the GOPe’s Amnesty bill SHOULD ALSO BE LOCATED.

Meople on April 1, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Smoke and mirrors, all. Over 50% of the ‘electorate’ already are single issue voters – more ‘free’ stuff for me. Our last chance to get any kind of hold on our road to economic mass suicide was Romney – and look what we did to him.

vnvet on April 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

“unscrupulous acts of these two barons,” the pot calling the kettle black

rjoco1 on April 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Meople on April 1, 2014 at 2:11 PM

It is a big mistake to downplay the significance of this bill. The GOP and Ryan have demonstrated once again that they have a realistic plan to solve our pending fiscal disaster. It is a part of a platform that they can and should prominently campaign on. They can and should make the contrast to the CR governing with no realistic budget proposals (only the occasional joke that would explode the debt crisis sooner) donkey Senate and POTUS.

MJBrutus on April 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM

The GOP and Ryan have demonstrated once again that they have a realistic plan to solve our pending fiscal disaster.

MJBrutus on April 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Delusional. Nothing realistic about it.

Midas on April 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Harry Reid has reduced himself as the Senate Majority Leader to some sorta neener neener neener gurl.

/Way to to Harry.

Credibility meet Crapper.

Key West Reader on April 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Ryan’s new “balanced budget” proves, yet again, what a fraud Paul Ryan is. The “balanced” part is entirely, literally, a work of fiction that has no bearing on the future whatsoever, the only part of his budget that is real is the budget for the first year, which is actually a huge spending increase.

FloatingRock on April 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Paul Ryan has actually produced a profligate, unbalanced budget that increases spending and then adding 9 years of fiction to the end of it that is totally the opposite of reality, and then lying to the American people pretending it is balanced for deceitful propaganda purposes.

And Fox News neocons will probably play along with the sham, as usual.

FloatingRock on April 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

2 things.

1) I know taking the Senate won’t mean much in 2016… but it will warm my heart to know that Harry Reid is no longer the leader and thus will be unable to constantly run interference for Obama.

2) I realize you guys (and myself personally) would love it if a politician would come out and say ‘yes, we’re going to cut entitlements by huge margins’ — But that is so incredibly unrealistic. Whoever did that would be out of office so fast all of our heads would spin.

We’re doomed.

nullrouted on April 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

It would be nice if the Senate would even pass a budget.

talkingpoints on April 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Anything has to be better than O-B-A-M-A-T-O-P-I-A.

Oxymoron on April 1, 2014 at 5:31 PM

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan released his annual budget blueprint on Tuesday morning, and it looks like a fairly familiar iteration of a lot of the deficit-reducing measures we’ve seen in his past proposals.

So increased spending goes on unabated.

That will fulfill the Republicans’ main objective of making the Democrats and the Democrat voters happy.

RJL on April 1, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Reid sounds like a 6th-grade girl who is stuck on calling somebody names with a new word she’s learned. I wonder if he’s had a head analysis lately; pathetic.

OCULUS on April 2, 2014 at 10:47 AM