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  • President Obama's Curious Paul Ryan Speech

    Why would the President, elected to the highest office in the land, stoop to attack a plan authored by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan (R–WI)? It’s a budget whose individual policies stand virtually no chance of ever becoming law, if for no other reason than the President’s own veto pen.

    Obama has chosen to directly criticize the plan. In doing so, he curiously elevates Ryan to the level of contender, worthy of direct presidential attention in a contentious election year. Why not just let this plan die quietly in the Senate, as Harry Reid (D–NV) has already promised? Perhaps Obama is stinging from the sound rejection of his own budget proposal. Not a single Democrat voted in for it in the House last week. Last year’s budget fared no better in the Senate. It is Obama who truly has the radical plan: Do nothing.

    Perhaps the President is worried about his own policies. He should be; they have failed to get the economy’s engines revving at full speed, and unemployment is still unacceptably high. On his watch, the debt has increased dramatically. Despite his lofty rhetoric about “an obligation to future generations to address our long-term, structural deficits, which threaten to hobble our economy and leave our children and grandchildren with a mountain of debt,” his plan would do nothing. This year Obama proposed, again, a budget which fails to tackle the twin crises of spending and debt and hikes taxes to unprecedented levels with divisive class warfare arguments. So, as a counter to his failure to lead us away from the fiscal abyss, Obama has chosen to attack Ryan and the House budget with scary rhetoric about Trojan horses, social Darwinism, and a radical vision for the country. (And whining about President George W. Bush’s policies—the great bulk of which Obama has maintained—doesn’t cut it any more.) Americans are a smart lot and are not fooled easily.

    This is really about two visions for the future of the country. Under one, we follow in the footsteps of Greece and Italy, replete with debt crises and an economic and cultural meltdown and in the end, vastly higher taxes. Under another, we return to our smaller government roots with lower spending and lower taxation—for all Americans—and unshackle our system of free enterprise so Americans from all walks of life can seize opportunity.

    Under Obama’s vision, we close our eyes and pretend that big government has all the answers to every risk and problem in society, real or perceived. Under Obama’s vision, fairness and prosperity come from spreading the wealth around and the government picking winners and losers. Crony capitalism, waste, and corruption capture the headlines. We do nothing about our entitlement crisis and instead pretend it doesn’t exist, while driving health care further into the clutches of unelected government bureaucrats and away from patient-centered care. Under Obama’s vision, we get crushing levels of debt or crippling levels of taxation, and America’s younger generations pay the price in terms of lost freedom, opportunity, and prosperity. Obama truly has the radical plan.

    Many of Ryan’s proposals are similar to proposals in Heritage’s Saving the American Dream plan. Under Ryan’s vision, health care is moved away from bureaucrats and into the hands of patients and their doctors. It starts with the repeal of Obamacare, which adds trillions in new government spending and puts the government in the middle of Americans’ health care decisions. The President doesn’t fix entitlements in his budget or his health law; instead, Obamacare ends Medicare as we know it by raiding it to pay for other new programs and handing control over to an unelected board of officials to further ratchet down its cost through perpetuation of the flawed price control model.

    The Ryan budget takes a better route to preserve both the Medicare program and patient choice. It builds a premium support system for America’s seniors to choose a health plan that suits them best, expanding upon the success of choice and competition that seniors already experience today under the Medicare prescription drug program. Ryan’s vision would drive down costs without meddling from Washington and would preserve Medicare for today’s and tomorrow’s seniors. His budget also addresses the need for change in Medicaid, reforming the program’s financing to remove incentives for its runaway costs and encouraging states to improve the quality of the program for beneficiaries.

    Rather than punitive tax hikes, Ryan would tackle the entire mess of today’s tax code with the goals of increasing growth, wages, and of course jobs. It’s not that affluent American’s aren’t part of the solution in the Ryan plan. But rather than raising their taxes, Ryan simply reduces the taxpayer-funded contributions to their benefits. Taxes stay low, and so does spending. Under Ryan’s plan, defending the nation is a priority, not a casualty. Under Ryan’s plan—passed by the House of Representatives—today’s soaring spending levels decline, the level of debt stabilizes and then declines, while taxes are kept at roughly their historical level.

    Under the President’s vision, we walk squarely and knowingly into a Grecian-style debt and democratic crisis. Under Ryan’s vision, we correct course and unshackle opportunity for all Americans. No, Obama has the truly radical plan. Curious he would choose to highlight it to the American people.

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    8 Responses to President Obama's Curious Paul Ryan Speech

    1. Bobbie says:

      As right is right and left usually wrong, lets move right!

      Mr. President fears the public with his fascinating traumatic scenarios that he, as the highest power who voiced his disliking of America and people of a "certain" skin color, (and people as self governing, free individuals,) in office can make sure his scenarios (only a person of ill will would think of," happens instead of working with Ryan's plan that promotes nothing of the sort but the opposite: freedom and initiative to self govern within ones own control using personal resources through faith, family, and charity, without the interference of government rule.

      Mr. Ryan respects the peoples constitution where the President clearly shows violations and leads by misinterpretation. If Mr. Presidents violation to the law, was so beneficial to America it wouldn't have been 27000 pages long and shoved down the throats of congress. If Mr. Presidents unconstitutional law was so was so beneficial to America, it wouldn't show such significant burden in all areas it imposes especially the financial area but most concerning the health quality itself.

      If Mr. President's intrusion to freedom was so beneficial, Ms speaker would have wanted it's "glory" to be known with common understanding of it before the force to pass. If Mr.President's plan was so beneficial to America, It wouldn't have been rushed and already in our face! It wouldn't cause a burden today! It wouldn't take so much away from our doctors and insurance we are overpriced with, today! Mr. President's law isn't a solution, it's a take over! Everywhere Obama's government is shows failure and future failure and crisis on the country and in his manufacturing control through his "democracy."

      Again he says everybody agrees, "lawyers, constitutional scholars (of the misinterpreted version), bla bla bla without a name mentioned? That's what Obama's "democracy" is and why it's "'cover" in America that intends on government power and control telling without us backing "government, without the voice of the people." The republic can save America's freedoms, liberties and personal pursuits of happiness being the peoples' business not the government's interpretation or written rule or business at all!

      More government only lays more sacrifice, discriminatingly!

      The American peoples' constitution is the peoples' protection from the government and their hidden agendas within their authority! If you don't know the constitution or have been wrongly educated, go to a real person (you don't have to scholar) that understands and respects the American constitution. The truth and value of the American peoples' constitution will serve you well!

    2. Charles Webb says:

      This was a good article by Ms Fraser. Mr. Ryans' proposal is logical, sound and just what this Country needs. Of course logic or understanding is of no use to Obama or by liberals in general. The only thing I find in this article that I disagree with is the last sentence in paragraph three: "Americans are a smart lot and are not fooled easily."

    3. Saltire says:

      Sorry to say this, but Ryan's plan doesn't stand a chance even though he, arguably, has the best grasp of the issue of anyone in Congress.

      Last week, the Congress had a chance to use the Simpson-Bowles plan as a budget guideline and it failed to pass. That's too bad, too. The reason I say it is too bad, it would have given the opportunity for the President to be faced with a budget that was based upon findings from a commission he appointed to come up with answers.

      I would have loved to have seen how he would have handled that, since he hasn't wanted to touch the commission report with a ten foot pole.

      I do, hope, the Ryan plan will get a chance, but I am not optimistic.

    4. Ben says:

      You say, "Perhaps Obama is stinging from the sound rejection of his own budget proposal," but the fact is, the house didn't actually vote on Obama's budget. What they voted on was a bill introduced by Mick Mulvaney that gave some vague spending points similar to those in Obama's budget, but didn't contain any specifics. It wasn't an actual budget, and was only introduced so Republicans could pretend it was a version of Obama's budget.

    5. steve h says:

      It's a shame Heritage no longer has staff that reads legislative proposals. To suggest the amendment offered on the House floor last week was Obama's budget is silly. It had no policy in it, it was a bunch of numbers and didn't have a single polisy statements – as all the other budgets did. Obama slammed Ryan's budget because it is extreme Grover Norquist vision…and he'll keep slamming the Ryan/Romney vision because he knows it secures 4 more years for him. The tea party had their 15 minutes, now they are killing the GOP.

      • Bobbie says:

        you keep it up, steve. the government needs their tools that builds your government greater!

        It was extreme and underhanded the government got us here to begin with! But you keep your mind limited to thinking only what you're told that makes you a government favorite.

    6. Steve A. says:

      What's sad is that while Obama slams these Republican budgets, he's continuing to steer America deeper and deeper into the black-hole debt. Any budget that gets us out of debt will hurt… we've been irresponsible and we'll have to pay for that. Just like any citizen, if you live a lifestyle that isn't supported by your income, eventually the rubber will hit the road and you'll lose everything. Most Americans don't see that by continuing to spend money, we are getting dangerously close to the point of no return and pain like we've never known.

    7. RenaVA says:

      I think the reason why Obama slams Ryan's Budget Plan is because he is upset that someone else actually came up with a plan that could actually work and approved by Congress. In other words, he could be jealous on one side of the coin and then angry that someone put together a budget when he didn't want to have one again on the other side of the coin.

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