Paul Ryan was a flake from day one. Now he has proven it.
He has joined with Patty Murray (Democrat) to propose the scrapping of the sequester. Obama says he will sign the deal. I guess so!
Here is what USA Today announced. For Paul Ryan, budget deal may be a career turning point.
I hope so. Down the tubes.
WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan stepped to a podium Tuesday night for a defining moment in his legislative career.
For the better part of the past decade, he has carved out a niche as a leader in the Republican Party based in part on the ideological purity of his budget blueprints, but this week he played a co-starring role in cutting a budget deal with liberal Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.
The irony is not lost on the Wisconsin Republican. “It’s a strange new normal, isn’t it?” Ryan, 43, told reporters Wednesday when asked whether he was surprised by conservative criticism of the two-year budget framework.
There is nothing strange about it at all. He was always the Republican Establishment’s alternative to Ron Paul. He was the fake budget-cutter.
Obama wants this bill passed, the story tells us.
But Ryan has unabashedly endorsed the budget deal as a compromise in line with conservative fiscal principles and is urging Republicans to support it ahead of a Thursday vote in the House.
“I have every reason to expect great support from our caucus because we are keeping our principles.The key here is nobody had to sacrifice their core principles. Our principles are: Don’t raise taxes, reduce the deficit.”
What is the deal? The abandonment of the sequester which Obama signed in 2011. What does he give up? Nothing. There will be a $23 billion reduction in spending, spread over 10 years, beginning after he is out of office.
Note: $23 billion over 10 years is $2.3 billion a year. The federal government spends $3.8 trillion a year.
Ryan was always a big-spending conservative.
It is a notable step in Ryan’s congressional career. Until now, his legislative triumphs have centered on his non-binding budget plans that enshrined controversial conservative proposals such as revamping Medicare from a guaranteed benefit system to a voucher-like program that provides seniors with subsidies to buy health care in the private market.
His fiscal blueprints have passed the House entirely on Republican votes and never had the force of law, but they served as a battle cry for conservatives, shaped the GOP’s fiscal message, and helped elevate him to the national ticket as Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 presidential election.
I hope he gets another “legislative triumph” like these in today’s vote. Maybe this will be his first victory. It’s a sell-out to Obama.
“I think he has unquestionably been our intellectual leader, not just in the House of Representatives on our side of the aisle but in the Republican Party on these types of issues. So he really is the smartest guy we have who has shaped our thinking, and he’s come back and said, ‘This is a good deal,'” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who said he expected a majority of House Republicans to support the deal.
We are told that “Ryan’s role in crafting the first bipartisan budget deal to come out of divided government since the Reagan era has taken some conservatives by surprise.” It did not take me by surprise.
Ryan is mentioned as a potential future contender for House speaker and harbors ambitions for the gavel at the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over the federal tax code that Ryan would like to overhaul. The current chairman, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., is term-limited at the end of this Congress.
The Republican conservatives in the House are unwilling to criticize him. He is getting a free ride.
Ryan’s good standing with the right wing of his party is in part because he has fought their fight for the past several years, proposing budgets full of red meat for conservatives.
Red meat? Hardly. Red ink? Every time. The federal deficit was $1 trillion a year, 2009-2012, under the Ryan-Boehner leadership.
We also read:
After the October government shutdown, they understand his task is different now.
It is not different now. It is the same old story. This is politics inside the Washington Beltway. It’s all about selling out in the name of fiscal conservatism.
Every other year, conservative Republicans send money to so-called conservatives running for office. They get out their checkbooks and write checks. “This time it’s different!” It never is.
Every fourth year, they send bigger checks. “This time it really is different.” It never is.