What is a thinking Democrat to do when they face the fact that Paul Ryan’s budget is as pragmatic as the lead Democrat on President Obama’s Deficit Reduction Committee says it is?
In early 2010, President Obama assembled a bi-partisan commission led by 2 prominent retired politicians, Alan Simpson (R) and Erskin Bowles (D). After more than 6 months of work, the commission saw fit to submit to the President a report entitled “The Moment of Truth”, laying out a frightening set of fiscal challenges faced by our nation, and an aggressive plan to meet these challenges. They submitted their report to the President, who then completely ignored it.
In the video link I have provided (for those of you who can’t use video I have provided a transcript below which you can read) you will see the DEMOCRAT leader of this commission speaking of Paul Ryan, and Paul Ryan’s budget. As you watch and listen, consider the things our President and his henchmen (an apt term) have said already about Paul Ryan, and will say in the coming weeks. For you Obama supporters, it is my sincere hope that you will start to see what a charlatan this President is, how comfortable he is with a lie, how committed he is to his re-election, principles be damned.
Click here for the video of Erskin Bowles speaking at the University of North Carolina:
“Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? We should get him to come to the University. I’m telling you, this guy is amazing. I always thought I was okay with arithmetic–this guy can run circles around me. And he is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere and the budget he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, honest, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit, like we did, by four trillion dollars. The president came out with his own plan and the president, you remember, came out with a budget and I don’t think anybody took that budget very seriously. The senate voted against it 97 to nothing. He therefore, after a lot of pressure from folks like me, he came out with a budget framework and in that new budget framework, he cut the deficit by four trillion dollars over twelve years and, to be candid, this four trillion dollars cut was very heavily back-end loaded, so if you looked at it on a ten-year basis and compared apples to apples, it really was about a two-and-a-half trillion dollar cut.” (Editors Note: The term “framework” was what the President chose because he did not want to get specific, as Ryan did, in his budget views because he did not want to take any specific unpopular positions. Unpopular decisions are the only things that will save us from the coming fiscal doom).