The Overhyped Ryan Budget

By Adam Bitely — The Ryan Budget was released March 13 to the typical fanfare it has received over the past several years. Republicans hold it aloft as a bold contrast to the Obama agenda as a blueprint for limited government and attempt to make it into the blueprint of a future of Republican officeholders.

Just see what House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer wrote, playing the role of calling out the Ryan budget as if Ayn Rand had taken Congress’s power of the purse, in the following fear-inducing op-ed featured in Politico this past week, “Instead of insisting on a balanced approach to deficit reduction, Ryan’s budget will demand that our middle class, seniors, veterans, women, children, federal employees, low-income families, and those nearing retirement pick up the tab. Seeking budget savings without asking the wealthiest Americans to contribute their fair share, House Republicans’ answer has consistently been to transform Medicare into a voucher program and severely restrict vital programs crucial to those Americans in greatest need.”

This is the type of stuff that makes Republicans think Ryan is pushing a limited government agenda while the Democrats are offering a plan that rewards the middle class and protects everybody’s favorite government programs while making people like Mitt Romney pay more money. This is Washington theater at its finest. None of this is true.

For those that believe a limited government is best, the Ryan budget is flawed in many ways. While the Ryan budget is better than anything Obama, Senate Democrats or the Progressive Caucus has offered, the Ryan budget still grows the size of government and does not reduce government spending.

In fact, the federal government will have $20.85 trillion in debt by 2023 if the Ryan budget was adopted. While this is better than Obama’s and other Democrats’ proposals that project higher deficits, Ryan’s plan is hardly one that stops the federal government’s spending addiction.

Contrary to the theatrical cries from the left that Ryan’s budget would slash and burn the federal government, the Ryan budget would increase federal spending to annually by 3.4 percent. That’s not a cut to spending at all.

And for those that think the Ryan budget tackles entitlement spending, think again. The Ryan budget does nothing about Social Security. And it attempts to save the other entitlements that advocates of limited government would attempt to remove the government’s hands from. After all, if the government cannot be trusted to use drones domestically and spend government money correctly, why should it be involved in providing health care?

While the Ryan budget is better than the alternatives offered by the left, it is not anything that advocates of limited government should hold aloft as a path to prosperity or anything close to it. Rather, they should acknowledge it for what is, a better plan than Obama’s that still allows the government to get bigger.

Adam Bitely is the Editor-in-Chief of NetRightDaily.com. You can follow NetRightDaily on Twitter at @NetRightDaily.

  • http://www.facebook.com/howard.philipson.3 Howard Philipson

    While I really like Rep Ryan, his budget, which is partially based on the repeal of Obamacare, is useless. You cannot base a budget on the repeal.
    THAT makes no sense.

  • pduffy

    So let me get this straight. Instead of stealing 22% of the economy, the government will steal 19% of it, and that will balance the budget? Have you ever noticed that the budget will always be balanced sometime in the future? Long after these people have left congress and have their personal golden parachutes? I wonder how that keeps happening?

  • jwatersphd

    The same old tired junk from Ryan and Bitely. Social Security isn’t part of the deficit problem. If you don’t like private insurance in Obamacare, why does he like it in Medicare? I bet they’re both still upset about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction and the teaching of evolution. Well, i guess if they are still using their brainpower to trumpet obsolete nonsense, we don’t have to waste ours analyzing their latest lies.

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  • Jerry

    How does one expect to end the deficit, especially a TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICT, in ONE YEAR? Look I oppose everything about Obama’s tax and spend policies, but conservatives have to stop being stupid too. Your goal can’t just be to burn everything down and damn the consequences. It was the ‘damn the consequences’ approach which led to Republicans spending HUNDREDS of BILLIONS on domestic programs, while starting TWO wars, while cutting taxes which led to the collapse of the Republican Party in the first place. This is the reason the tax and spend liberals win: because they throw that back in our face every time we call for fiscal prudence. Republicans don’t have to adopt liberal policies to regain the public trust, they have to try to make the country work.

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