by David Stockman, Contra Corner:
Congressman Paul Ryan is not the earnest young man sounding the alarm about the nation’s soaring debt and busted fiscal equation that he claims to be. And most especially he is not the “honest, open-minded, solution-oriented fiscal conservative” about whom some middle-of-the-road pundits vacuously jabber.
In truth, he is an accomplished beltway pettifogger who peddles a lame scheme of fiscal legerdemain that gets rinsed and repeated every year—-all to no constructive purpose whatsoever. Yet in promoting this embarrassment of contradictions and hot air, Ryan has managed to coopt the genuine deficit fears of the GOP rank and file and has badly mis-educated grass roots voters as well. Even Sarah Palin has figured that out:
“The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) budget is not an April Fool’s joke,” former Alaska Gov. Palin — and, like Ryan, a former GOP vice-presidential candidate, wrote on her Facebook page. “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
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