“We have reached a point in America where the excessive federal debt threatens our future prosperity. We have reached a point where we will be the first generation to pass on a future to our children and grandchildren with less freedom and opportunity than we've experienced. This is unacceptable. The American people sent a message loud and clear last November to that we must cut spending, reduce the debt, and revive the American dream. Thus, the budget unveiled by House Republicans today shrinks the size and scope of government, cuts trillions in spending, and fosters economic growth that will create millions of new jobs.
“The House Republican budget is a responsible alternative to President Obama’s unaffordable plan to tax, borrow, and spend. The Republican budget will not only put our nation on a path back to economic security and prosperity, but it will preserve and strengthen critical programs like Medicare for future generations. The time to act is now. House Republicans have chosen to lead when President Obama has irresponsibly chosen a future of debt and despair. Republicans have put forward a fact-based budget that makes tough choices and recognizes we must limit government and grow the economy in order to ensure our future as a free and prosperous nation.”
Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn:
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who unveils his budget this week, deserves credit for pushing the debate toward our $14.2 trillion question. His critics who fail to offer plans of their own have little credibility.
Congress can choose a path of prosperity over austerity but only if we act quickly. History, and future generations, will not be kind to those who sleep.
What it does is to restore the GOP’s reputation for intellectual vitality. This cannot be achieved through incantations or the recitation of shallow talking points; it can only be done by offering a comprehensive governing agenda along with carefully argued and compellingly articulated programs of reform. And from state houses to the United States Congress, Republicans are now “setting the public policy agenda,” as Daniel DiSalvo argues in his important essay in the current issue of COMMENTARY. (DiSalvo quotes Paul Starr, editor of the American Prospect, who admits that liberalism has become largely “defensive” and “oppositional.”)
...For two years President Obama, a man of the left whose stated purpose was to “transform” America, had his way. But he badly overreached; Republicans have pushed back with vigor and passion and now, thanks to Ryan’s Path to Prosperity, a compelling governing alternative. So here we are at a political and philosophical inflection point, where issues of first principles are being debated and decided. There are worse things that can happen in a republic.
New York Times columnist David Brooks:
The country lacked that leadership until today. Today, Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, is scheduled to release the most comprehensive and most courageous budget reform proposal any of us have seen in our lifetimes. Ryan is expected to leap into the vacuum left by the president’s passivity. The Ryan budget will not be enacted this year, but it will immediately reframe the domestic policy debate.
His proposal will set the standard of seriousness for anybody who wants to play in this discussion. It will become the 2012 Republican platform, no matter who is the nominee. Any candidate hoping to win that nomination will have to be able to talk about government programs with this degree of specificity, so it will improve the G.O.P. primary race.
The Ryan proposal will help settle the fight over the government shutdown and the 2011 budget because it will remind everybody that the real argument is not about cutting a few billion here or there. It is about the underlying architecture of domestic programs in 2012 and beyond.