GOP Budget Cutters versus GOP Budget Reformers
Who will win?
11:53 AM, Mar 31, 2011 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
American Action Forum president Douglas Holtz-Eakin has a must-read post at the Corner. Holtz-Eakin asks a crucial question: Is it worth risking political capital in a righteous stand over budget cuts in the remaining months of fiscal year 2011, or is it more important to accept limited victories on cuts to discretionary spending in order to clear the field for a major debate over Medicare and Medicaid? Let him tell the rest:
Paul Ryan's getting ready to release a budget next week that will cut spending in a realistic fashion while reforming taxes and entitlements in ways that will make the welfare state flexible and affordable. It'd be a shame if Ryan's ideas are overshadowed by GOP infighting over cuts that contribute only slightly to America's fiscal health in a fiscal year that's almost over. It's said that political groups rarely take yes for an answer. Well, here's hoping the House GOP listens to Holtz-Eakin and is ready to make a deal on 2011 in order to make big changes in 2012—and beyond.
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