'The Passion of Paul Ryan'
7:29 AM, Mar 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Matt Continetti, writing at the Washington Free Beacon:
"There is something morbidly appropriate in releasing the House GOP budget during Lent, when Christians around the world prepare to commemorate the most famous sacrifice in history.
"The budget’s author, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has drawn attention to America’s parlous fiscal position for years—and has received nothing but grief in return. Since 2009 he has been the one man in Washington to offer a serious, detailed, long-term, conservative, and politically feasible policy to avert the coming 'credit event' in which interest rates spike, debt service becomes unbearable, and the federal government is forced into the sort of panicked, arbitrary, and punishing austerity that is taking place in Europe.
"Every year during the Obama presidency, Ryan has released a plan devoid of the spin and political guile so common to partisan debates in Washington. And every year the Democrats, assisted by the mainstream media, tar and feather him for it. Every year, the Passion play is reenacted.
"Nor are the slanders limited to Ryan’s facts and figures. Quite the opposite: The liberals’ demagogic criticism of Ryan always turns personal. Robert Reich, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, attacked Ryan’s budget as 'pure social Darwinism.' Paul Krugman, writing in the New York Times, called Ryan 'a clown' and an 'obvious charlatan' for daring to offer tough solutions to our fiscal problems. The insults are routinely picked up and circulated in the liberal blogosphere. The New Republic writer Jonathan Cohn believes the Ryan budget is 'morally bankrupt.' One is not merely wrong to support it; one is a bad person.
"The spectacle does clarify things, however. It reminds us that the Beltway culture is so cynical and immature and toxic that it is almost impossible to debate America’s deadbeat finances in a reasoned and moderate manner. The annual trashing of Ryan and his plan also allows Americans to see who is actually interested in addressing our long-term entitlement crisis in a manner consistent with America’s traditions of limited government, and who is more absorbed in petty bickering, ritualized Republican-beating, and kicking the panhandler’s can down the road. And so we will know exactly whom to blame when the crisis arrives: The Democrats and media who did nothing while the moment of opportunity slipped away."
Whole thing here.