Sarah Palin: Paul Ryan’s new budget is a joke

posted at 2:41 pm on April 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

This reminds me of yesterday’s post about taxing the childless insofar as both are fundamentally debates over what’s politically possible. Reihan Salam would rather spare everyone a tax hike and cut spending instead — but since that’s not happening anytime soon, he’s forced to choose the next most optimal alternative. That alternative is to make things easier on parents by raising taxes on people without kids. (Which, by the way, would hit liberals disproportionately hard. Presumably they’re A-OK with that given their fondness for tax hikes generally.) Same with the Palin/Ryan kerfuffle. Palin sees no reason to postpone meaningful cuts to the federal budget:

The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke. But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so. THIS is the definition of insanity. Do we still not understand how dangerous it is to allow government to grow unchecked as we shackle ourselves with massive debt – a good portion of which is held by foreign nations who don’t necessarily like us? If we can’t balance the budget today, what on earth makes us think it will happen at some future date? The solution is staring us in the face. We need to rein in spending today, and don’t tell me there is nothing to cut when we know every omnibus bill is loaded with pork and kickbacks.

There is, most assuredly, plenty of pork, waste, fraud, and abuse that could be trimmed today, but to make a real budget-balancing dent, we’ve got to reform entitlements. That’s where the point about political possibilities comes in. Here’s Kevin Williamson, a devout fiscal conservative, surveying the landscape and finding … virtually no appetite among voters for that:

My pessimism is rooted in my belief that there is not in reality a very large market for meaningful fiscal conservatism. People tell pollsters that they support balanced budgets and that they believe that our entitlement programs need to be reformed, and they tell them even more strongly that they oppose virtually all of the measures necessary to balance the budget or to reform entitlements…

But 2016 questions aside (and we really should put them aside for the moment), we must consider the question of how large a market there is for fiscal conservatism, and to answer that we might consider what will become of Representative Ryan’s newest budget proposal. Representative Ryan’s newest budget is very similar to his previous submissions, which laid down important fiscal markers but went nowhere politically. His budget submissions have never been perfect — nothing in real politics is perfect — and Senator Paul called Ryan’s 2012 proposal “tepid,” which exemplifies the underlying problem: Representative Ryan’s sober and compromising approach to fiscal conservatism is not aggressive enough to satisfy deficit-and-spending hawks, but it is too aggressive for the revealed preferences of the American electorate, who have provided themselves with Harry Reid and Barack Obama to act as prophylactics against fiscal reform.

Critics on the right will say that this new budget is not the best we can do, and they are correct: It is by all appearance far beyond the best we can do at the moment. The American public would be lucky to see the enactment of this budget, which would reduce the deficit down to digestible levels quite quickly. But they have no apparent appetite for it. Representative Ryan performs his thankless task admirably, but he is peddling broccoli outside of Baskin-Robbins.

Williamson wrote another piece along these lines recently, specifically regarding Rand Paul’s nascent presidential candidacy, and concluded that Paul’s a dead man walking because Americans really don’t oppose big government. They say they do, agreeing broadly when asked whether the federal leviathan’s too big and spends too much. But when you get into specifics about the programs that are driving the looming debt crisis — Social Security and Medicare — you find large majorities are reliably opposed. I’ve flagged polls before in which people are asked which parts of government, among 20 or listed, they’d like to see the feds spend less on. Reliably, the only item that draws majority support is foreign aid. How do you balance the budget soon in a political climate like that? Why would Ryan or the House GOP even propose doing so seven months out from a midterm election, given that Democrats will turn it into a Mediscare jamboree? The reason Ryan’s budget delays deep cuts is, I thought, because he understands that those cuts are impossible anyway until Republicans control government again. Nothing’s happening until 2017 at the very earliest. In which case, why destroy him for not envisioning action now?

One other thing I don’t understand: As Williamson notes, Ryan’s new budget isn’t much different from his last three budgets, which collectively made him a rock star in the GOP and landed him on the presidential ticket in 2012. Ryan himself notes the similarity in responding to Palin in the clip below (at 2:45). If delaying a balanced budget and phasing in Medicare reforms very gradually is RINO squishery, why were there so many people cheering this guy on for three years?



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Since Paul Ryan’s budget is a “joke,” where’s Palin’s budget?

ExJon on April 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

…Sarah speaks the truth…always!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

This is from this morning….

….She basically scratched his face off..

ToddPA on April 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Cut spending by the amount we borrow. Lower taxes by that amount.

Then cut spending by the amount of income tax revenue (including tax on wages, which are not really income), then we can repeal the income tax.

If that’s impossible, as in flap-your-arms-and-fly-to-the-moon impossible, please tell me why.

Akzed on April 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Since Paul Ryan’s budget is a “joke,” where’s Palin’s budget?

ExJon on April 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

…in the cavity…where your head is brushing…against your polyps!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Maybe Palin should run for Congress and present her own budget. Easy to sit on the sidelines and snipe.

crosspatch on April 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Jeez, Ellen Degeneres died her hair black and grew a widow’s peak.

rick_blaines_forehead on April 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Interesting to see the ConservaCrats busting Ryan’s chops. Oh, and what about Rand Paul saying Republicans have to get past deportation on immigration? Lets eat him, too.

crosspatch on April 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Sarah is stupid.

No way will the budget be balanced in one year. Ryans 10-20 year gradual balancing is probably the most realistic-if you could get the government to stick to it after passed.

gerrym51 on April 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Maybe Palin should run for Congress and present her own budget. Easy to sit on the sidelines and snipe like me. crosspatch on April 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Akzed on April 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

If delaying a balanced budget and phasing in Medicare reforms very gradually is RINO squishery, why were there so many people cheering this guy on for three years?

Well, for starters, Ryan decided this was the year to loot the pensions of military veterans even as he kept tax credits for the illegals. Maybe just maybe it has something to do with priorities.

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

She has no plan, and isn’t even involved in politics anymore other than her self-imposed role as yet another commentator/talking head.

Stop being so sensitive on her behalf. She’s a big girl and can handle herself.

Good Lt on April 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

…in the cavity…where your head is brushing…against your polyps!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Ouch. That’s going to leave a mark…or a smear.

Thomas More on April 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Paul Ryan, made member of the two party evil tax and spend Washington D.C. cult.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Sarah is stupid.

No way will the budget be balanced in one year. Ryans 10-20 year gradual balancing is probably the most realistic-if you could get the government to stick to it after passed.

gerrym51 on April 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Sure, now who’s being stupid?

Thomas More on April 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Sarah is stupid.

No way will the budget be balanced in one year. Ryans 10-20 year gradual balancing is probably the most realistic-if you could get the government to stick to it after passed.

gerrym51 on April 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I think you just answered your own foolish rumination there, gerrymander51

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

No way will the budget be balanced in one year. Ryans 10-20 year gradual balancing is probably the most realistic-if you could get the government to stick to it after passed.

gerrym51 on April 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Maybe federal budgets should include how much it will cost you if you only pay the minimum (like a credit card statement). 20 years of gradual balancing is weapons grade stupid. 10 years of gradual balancing would be unrealistic since there would be too many years of pain (with nothing to show for it) for any politician. At most, the budget would have to be balanced in four years (one presidential term) with significant progress after two for the Congresscritters.

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Exactly. Well said.

thatsafactjack on April 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM

This is the difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Democrats move the polls, Republicans follow the polls.

Until we start fighting for our positions, instead of giving up without a fight because, polling! We’ll always lose.

Baggi on April 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I think the cuts need to quick and sever…

sorrowen on April 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I don’t believe for a second she’d introduce such a budget if the roles were reversed.

changer1701 on April 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Ryan is a mountebank with nothing but smoke and mirrors. He is not a man to be taken seriously.

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

…in the cavity…where your head is brushing…against your polyps!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Lol

jawkneemusic on April 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

“Appreciating the full scope of the US government is difficult, because its activities are undertaken at the federal, state, and local levels. Adding all of this together, government in the US consumes more than $6 trillion a year. This makes the US government the world’s 3rd largest economy…”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/31/US-Government-Is-Worlds-3rd-Largest-Economy

workingclass artist on April 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

pathetic Ryan/Williamson mindset

If public opinion is not with you, then make your case and make the effort to shape public opinion. Move the Overton window.

Ryan always says to be good at his job, he can’t be afraid to lose his job. But his watered down proposals put the lie to that statement.

commodore on April 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Sarah count much coup on Paul Ryan. Maybe next time take scalp.

Hinmahtooyahlatkek on April 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I think the cuts need to be quick and severe

sorrowen on April 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I would support that. Sooner or later it must happen anyway. Better to do it when you know it’s coming rather than it come as a shock.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

America will collapse and then it will be thunderdome time. Kinda like what is going on in Russia.

redguy on April 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

If we’re going to weigh what’s right for future generations on the appetite of the current moocher class, we’re doomed.

jawkneemusic on April 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Sarah Poster is stupid.

No way will the budget be balanced in one year. Ryans 10-20 year gradual balancing is probably the most realistic-if you could get the government to stick to it after passed.
gerrym51 on April 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Re-read your last sentence after the dash.

Oh, I BOLDED that for you.

ToddPA on April 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Yes, as others have said. Palin should write a budget and run for office to pass it.

Who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Maybe next time take scalp.

Hinmahtooyahlatkek on April 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Heh. That brought to mind Homer’s hair transplant with Snake’s hair.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Interesting to see the ConservaCrats busting Ryan’s chops. Oh, and what about Rand Paul saying Republicans have to get past deportation on immigration? Lets eat him, too.

crosspatch on April 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

This is the guy who got rolled by Patty Murray. When republicans act like democrats, the base is going to call them on it. Just ask President McCain and President Romney.
And I was going to get some work done today. Sarah bait out.

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Maybe Palin should run for Congress and present her own budget. Easy to sit on the sidelines and snipe.

crosspatch on April 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Exactly right. Politics is the art of the possible, which is what the naive rightwingers refuse to understand. They are all about the noise and the fight, which in all too many circumstances so alienates people that NOTHING ends up actually getting accomplished.

The real joke is Sarah Palin, and has been since she cut and run from her job as governor to become a mere celebrity–not that her Kool-Aid drinkers will ever, ever recognize that truth.

Meredith on April 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Yes, as others have said. Palin should write a budget and run for office to pass it.

Who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Yes, because a former governor, now a private citizen who’s become an opinion journalist shouldn’t be allowed to voice, you know, an opinion.

Richard Lamm, call your office

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Maybe Palin should run for Congress and present her own budget. Easy to sit on the sidelines and snipe.

crosspatch on April 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Exactly right. Politics is the art of the possible, which is what the naive rightwingers refuse to understand. They are all about the noise and the fight, which in all too many circumstances so alienates people that NOTHING ends up actually getting accomplished.

The real joke is Sarah Palin, and has been since she cut and run from her job as governor to become a mere celebrity–not that her Kool-Aid drinkers will ever, ever recognize that truth.

Meredith on April 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Yeah, just ask President McCain or President Romney. That’s how it’s done!

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Yes, as others have said. Palin should write a budget and run for office to pass it.

Who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Or, at least run for office on a platform of making the cuts she’s talking about. Be specific, too…don’t just talk about ‘pork’.

changer1701 on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Her idea of cutting the budget it like having an obese person cut off a limb. “You’ll lose weight though!” No, the best way is reforming your diet and exercise, just like reforming entitlements. Palin reminds me of those over eager and annoying fans at games who claims to have all the answers on how to win a game despite never playing the sport. She can’t just screech from the sidelines.

Xanatos90 on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

America.

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

More free stuff, please.

John the Libertarian on April 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Just last week John Boehner pushed the 10 year sequester cut into a 12th year to cover the KNOWN doc-fix! John was incapable of even addressing this KNOWN problem in last months massive spending spree.

Clearly, Boehner has proven that ten year budget games cannot last even 2 years without being violated by the very same people who promoted them.

Paul Ryan is only fooling himself with his useless budget game.

Anyone care to bet that Ryan’s budget does not fix the doc-fix mess? (Which would mean the Ryan budget is WRONG on day one!)

Freddy on April 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

America.

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Well done.

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Lanceman- of course she can have an opinion. But we can consider whether she’s worth listening to on this.

Again, I ask, who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Im so sick and tired of Republicans obsessing over public opinion all the time. If Democrats had given a damn about public opinion, we wouldnt have to deal with Obamacare. They took a chance in 2009/2010, were ready to ignore public opinion and live with the consequences. As a result they moved an important area of American politics significantly to the left. Ryans budget – just like his veep performance – shows that Republicans lack this kind of courage.

Valkyriepundit on April 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Meredith on April 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

…and whose Cum do you drink?

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Yes, because a former governor, now a private citizen who’s become an opinion journalist shouldn’t be allowed to voice, you know, an opinion.

Richard Lamm, call your office

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

At least you realize she is nothing more than a “opinion journalist”.

Tater Salad on April 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Palin reminds me of those over eager and annoying fans at games who claims to have all the answers on how to win a game despite never playing the sport. She can’t just screech from the sidelines.

Xanatos90 on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

She is not a fan of either the “Let’s destroy America” or the “Let’s destroy America, but slightly slower” team.

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

The woman who threw in the towel on governing is is telling other people how to govern. If the budget was balanced in one year she would be the first one b!tching and moaning about the severity of defense cuts.

Mark1971 on April 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

America. her bank account

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

fixed that for you.

JQA on April 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

I would agree she thinks she’s helping America if she were doing anything productive, rather than sniping rudely from the sidelines.

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Lanceman- of course she can have an opinion. But we can consider whether she’s worth listening to on this.

Again, I ask, who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Republican squishes. It’s called ‘Tough Love’.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Not cool, Kool…

Gohawgs on April 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Meredith on April 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

…and whose Cum do you drink?

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Seriously!!!, That is RINO statement. A Republican In Name Only is the type of person who would make a comment that vulgar.

Tater Salad on April 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Wth?

changer1701 on April 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

We will never legislate our way back to a federal government we are supposed to have.

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Her idea of cutting the budget it like having an obese person cut off a limb. “You’ll lose weight though!” No, the best way is reforming your diet and exercise, just like reforming entitlements. Palin reminds me of those over eager and annoying fans at games who claims to have all the answers on how to win a game despite never playing the sport. She can’t just screech from the sidelines.

Xanatos90 on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

maybe all you “who does she think she is” posters
can extract your craniums from some nether region,
and research her Budgets she PASSED while Governor
of her state….oh, who am i kidding..

..then you wouldn’t have a gripe on this thread…carry on.

ToddPA on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I would agree she thinks she’s helping America if she were doing anything productive, rather than sniping rudely from the sidelines.

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

she is … she is doing a reality show about ‘merica!

JQA on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Lanceman- of course she can have an opinion. But we can consider whether she’s worth listening to on this.

Again, I ask, who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

So why did you even bother to comment?

katy the mean old lady on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Man, the Mitt(he speaks French)bots are out in force…

Gohawgs on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

fixed that for you.

JQA on April 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

You fixed nothing. If you are a repairman, you probably get sued a lot and probably have a lot of trouble staying out of prison.

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Aaaannnddd, they’re offffff!

katy the mean old lady on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Somebody has to say it, somebody has to point out the truth. Sarah Palin is the conscience of conservatism, and points out the direction of the country’s rescue from and reversal of it’s current rapid decline. The way won’t be easy, it won’t be painless, but we must steer the ship of state to fiscal responsibility, or it surely will hit the rocks of fiscal ruin.

otlset on April 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM

maybe all you “who does she think she is” posters
can extract your craniums from some nether region,
and research her Budgets she PASSED while Governor
of her state….oh, who am i kidding..

..then you wouldn’t have a gripe on this thread…carry on.

ToddPA on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

tough budget up there in Alaska with all of that oil money.

JQA on April 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM

I’d like to think that Paul Ryan would do a MUCH BETTER job than the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…

Khun Joe on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Man, the Mitt(he speaks French)bots are out in force…

Gohawgs on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I wonder if mrseven is still alive.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

maybe all you “who does she think she is” posters
can extract your craniums from some nether region,
and research her Budgets she PASSED while Governor
of her state….oh, who am i kidding..

..then you wouldn’t have a gripe on this thread…carry on.

ToddPA on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Snort.

katy the mean old lady on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Again, I ask, who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I will go very slow this time.

A…M…E…R…I…C… A.

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

…and whose Cum do you drink?

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Can a moderator please ban this fool.

Dash on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Yes, as others have said. Palin should write a budget and run for office to pass it.

Who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I’ll see your Palin jealousy and raise you a What has Paul Ryan done for us lately?

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

If delaying a balanced budget and phasing in Medicare reforms very gradually is RINO squishery, why were there so many people cheering this guy on for three years?

I actually think his budget last year and this year were his most aggressive in terms of balancing the budget. The other two years his budget took, what, 30 years to balance or something like that? Where was Palin bashing him last year and all prior years?

I think it’s for good critics like Palin to point out what they don’t like about GOP proposals. It is healthy. But, when those critics out of the blue criticize a proposal that they seemingly had no problem with three years ago, it smells of opportunism.

SquireB on April 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Somebody has to say it, somebody has to point out the truth. Sarah Palin is the conscience of conservatism, and points out the direction of the country’s rescue from and reversal of it’s current rapid decline. The way won’t be easy, it won’t be painless, but we must steer the ship of state to fiscal responsibility, or it surely will hit the rocks of fiscal ruin.

otlset on April 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM

yep, she’s a true leader!

JQA on April 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I’d like to think that Paul Ryan would do a MUCH BETTER job than the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…

Khun Joe on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I would too, but hope is not a strategy.

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I’d like to think that Paul Ryan would do a MUCH BETTER job than the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…

Khun Joe on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Joe Biden would do a much better job.

I’m not joking.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Sarah is no different than every other past governor in this country – she balanced a budget. If that is her claim to fame then Ann Richards (past TX governor) would have been qualified to be President.

Tater Salad on April 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Can a moderator please ban this fool.

Dash on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Um, no, Mr. Riprock. Let it go.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM

I wonder if mrseven is still alive.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I don’t. Though it seems his obsession has metastacized…

Gohawgs on April 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Any meaningful cut will be demagogued by the Left and hounded by the press.

Until America learns to ignore these groups, there is no hope.

mankai on April 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Exactly right. Politics is the art of the possible, which is what the naive rightwingers refuse to understand. They are all about the noise and the fight, which in all too many circumstances so alienates people that NOTHING ends up actually getting accomplished.

no, exactly wrong. This represents really small thinking. The problem is that the republicans in congress are not working for and fighting for pro-liberty, limited government principals.

LilyBart on April 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Tater Salad on April 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

changer1701 on April 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

…so I apologize to your sensibilities…but not to someone who always calls people kool-aid drinkers… when they admire someone who has the best interest of Americans in her statements.

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Joe Biden would do a much better job.

I’m not joking.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Biden did beat Ryan in that one debate they had. And if someone can’t even beat Biden in a debate, what good are they?

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

They say they do, agreeing broadly when asked whether the federal leviathan’s too big and spends too much. But when you get into specifics about the programs that are driving the looming debt crisis — Social Security and Medicare — you find large majorities are reliably opposed.

That’s why you go the BBA route. Everyone supports balancing the budget. When it is ratified, surprise!

Occams Stubble on April 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

She is right, of course.

Murphy9 on April 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Um, no, Mr. Riprock. Let it go.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Um, no.

As to this article, who is Sarah Palin? Wasn’t she governor or something once? Hows that working out?

Dash on April 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Palin is correct. But the Rs could win the Presidency and control the house and senate and they still would not cut a dime in spending.

cat_owner on April 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Lanceman- of course she can have an opinion. But we can consider whether she’s worth listening to on this.

Again, I ask, who does she think she’s helping?

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Who does Jazz or Mary Beth or Malkin or Krauthamme or Rush or Hannity or anybody for that matter think they are helping when they give their opinion. We all listen or like them one way for another and I don’t see you criticizing them

journeymike on April 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Joe Biden would do a much better job.

I’m not joking.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Biden did beat Ryan in that one debate they had. And if someone can’t even beat Biden in a debate, what good are they?

VorDaj on April 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Ryan really couldn’t “debate” Biden.

JQA on April 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Thread needs moar FUDpuppies.

Murphy9 on April 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM

maybe all you “who does she think she is” posters
can extract your craniums from some nether region,
and research her Budgets she PASSED while Governor
of her state….oh, who am i kidding..

..then you wouldn’t have a gripe on this thread…carry on.

ToddPA on April 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

She, too, signed off on the very pork she’s denouncing here, because it was a political reality. That’s the point…it’s easy for her now to carp about it, but when she was in a position to preside over such things it wasn’t so much.

changer1701 on April 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Grow up and win the debate with facts and reason. Comments like that only harden the negative perception that is growing against Palin supporters.

Tater Salad on April 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Dash on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

…go ahead dot!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Palin is correct. But the Rs establishment could win the Presidency and control the house and senate and they still would not cut a dime in spending.

cat_owner on April 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Say it right.

Lanceman on April 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Exactly right. Politics is the art of the possible, which is what the naive rightwingers refuse to understand. They are all about the noise and the fight, which in all too many circumstances so alienates people that NOTHING ends up actually getting accomplished.

If politics is the art of the possible, then explain how Cruz is a sitting US senator. Or Mike Lee, or Rand Paul.

No Mer, politics is the art of persuasion, the idea that you can convince others that your principles are better than your opponents.

nobar on April 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Not in my power. I guess we could just wait for you to quit and do a reality show, then I can just change the channel. How much longer do you think that will be?

Dash on April 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Sarah goes a couple more notches up for me while Ryan continues to slide down the scale of potential GOP leaders in my book.

idesign on April 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Williamson wrote another piece . . . and concluded that Paul’s a dead man walking because Americans really don’t oppose big government. They say they do, agreeing broadly when asked whether the federal leviathan’s too big and spends too much. But when you get into specifics about the programs that are driving the looming debt crisis — Social Security and Medicare — you find large majorities are reliably opposed.

For some reason, people continue to make the same mistake, over and over, with respect to Governor Plain, i.e., to presume that she is reading polls to reach her own conclusions about what is ailing this nation. Big government is a bankrupt idea that is going to bankrupt the United States. Period.

Sarah Palin is telling us what she thinks. She is not telling us what a plurality of us think. That can be difficult to understand in Washington.

IndieDogg on April 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Journey Mike- Palin is very high profile and needs to get criticism from those of us who don’t hate her. Sometimes she makes missteps, and this was one of them.

Or to put a finer point on it, I think she is actually hurting, rather than helping this time. She could be more judicious.

MayBee on April 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Grow up and win the debate with facts and reason. Comments like that only harden the negative perception that is growing against Palin supporters.

Tater Salad on April 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

…TS…that debate has been won with facts and reason for a couple of years now…and it’s the SOS every time!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

If politics is the art of the possible, then explain how Cruz is a sitting US senator. Or Mike Lee, or Rand Paul.

Because they come from solid red states.

Mark1971 on April 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Exactly right. Politics is the art of the possible…

I’ve seen things I thought impossible passed by the Dems in the last 5 years, so its all about commitment to a goal and oturight manipulation and thuggery. Repubs aren’t committed, they aren’t smart enough to be clever, and they don’t thug.

So its possible to pay off the level of debt we’re in ($70 trillion and still climbing)? That’s possible? Really? How, pray tell?

Are the only thing that we can cut military pensions?

So, the “voters” aren’t into spending cuts? You mean, they don’t wanna stop “charging on the credit card”? Can they do that indefinitely? How? I can’t. And since they can’t learn the reality fo a credit limit and compounding interest, I (and others like me) have to have my money taken to pay for it? Why?

And why do I have to suffer from unbearable dipshittedness that forces me to continue this way?

Saltyron on April 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM

She, too, signed off on the very pork she’s denouncing here, because it was a political reality.

changer1701 on April 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Please explain. The very pork?

otlset on April 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM

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