Bronwyn's Harbor - If you’re like me and often have the TV news on as I go about my day, I miss a lot of what is said and easily get distracted by chores, phone calls, e-mails, etc. But once in a rare while, a guest says something that resonates so profoundly, I have to stop and listen. That’s what happened to me yesterday when Rep. Paul Ryan was Chris Wallace’s guest on Fox News Sunday. After peppering Ryan with a series of questions about the House Budget Committee Chairman’s budget draft, Wallace asked Ryan about Barack Obama’s plans to launch his 2012 campaign this week. Ryan replied:
We don’t need a good politician. We need a strong leader.
God, if words were ever truer … you and I have been reading Larry Johnson’s posts that beg for Obama to demonstrate some leadership and expose how Obama has made the U.S. a laughing stock around the world. It is heartening that we have political figures like Paul Ryan who has guts, brains, knowledge, experience and character. (And I have a question: When in the hell are our political parties going to let us vote for substantive candidates like Ryan for the presidency?)
In case you missed it, here’s the Fox News Sunday interview, along with the article, “GOP Budget Plan to Cut More Than $4 Trillion Over Decade, Rep. Paul Ryan Says“:
From “GOP Budget Plan to Cut More Than $4 Trillion Over Decade, Rep. Paul Ryan Says“:
The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee said his party’s budget proposal for 2012 would cut deficits by more than $4 trillion over the next decade, vowing to tackle costly entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid.
The proposal, set to be unveiled Tuesday, would serve as the Republicans’ official response to President Obama’s proposed $3.7 trillion budget for 2012. The White House claims its plan would cut deficits by $1.1 trillion over a decade.
But Ryan, R-Wis., in an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” accused Obama of “punting” and said Republicans’ plan would exceed the fiscal goals set by the president’s fiscal commission — which issued a report calling for $4 trillion in cuts. That report never made it out of committee.
“We can’t keep kicking this can down the road,” Ryan said. “The president has punted. We’re not going to follow suit.” …
Amen, brother. Imagine our president as a football coach. Every time his squad has the ball, they never make 10 yards and punt the ball, leaving the team’s defense to do all the heavy lifting, er excuse making.
And I love this conclusion to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential post, “Ryan’s budget plan to slash deficits by over $4 trillion,” on Ryan’s budget plans:
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.