Letter submitted to Daily Item. We shall see.
Paul Ryan is famous for his budget blueprint making him a “fiscal conservative.” That has got to be one of the most famous boondoggles in history. According to his own estimates, he balances the budget (teh annual budget, not the debt) around 2063! Clinton, that poster boy of fiscal conservatism, got to a balanced budget in 8 years!
So, it is a joke that Ryan is a fiscal conservative. He believes in a government that does almost nothing outside of defense.
Tom Marino proudly trumpets his support for this joke of a budget. On his website, Rep Marino says: “The budget blueprint I supported today keeps that promise and boldly confronts the challenges we face.”
That is very bold of you. To balance the budget in 50 years. That is like boldly putting out a fire by studying the farmer’s almanac for the next rain day.”
Budget estimates from Matt Miller (former OMB guy) : http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/mar/03/matt-miller/matt-miller-blasts-deficit-debt-implications-paul-/
Another former OMB guy: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/opinion/paul-ryans-fairy-tale-budget-plan.html
Oh yeah, Paul Ryan gives out party favors. Donations to Marino: http://campaignmoney.org/blog/2012/08/15/paul-ryans-donations-members-congress
- You Made the People Dumb (boomantribune.com)
- Paul Ryan, in a nutshell (donemmerich.blogspot.com)
- Paul Ryan on his budget, “I don’t know exactly what the balance is, we haven’t run the numbers” (freakoutnation.com)
- Paul Ryan, Deficit Dove (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)