An outstanding op-ed by the Center for American Progress’s Matt Miller lays bare the sad state of affairs in the nation’s opposition party. The GOP’s fiscal guru, Paul Ryan, is a fraud.
Thanks to House budget chief Paul Ryan, it’s possible to measure the size of this fraud. And it’s colossal. As can never be said often enough, Ryan is absurdly hailed as a fiscal “conservative” for a “roadmap” that doesn’t balance the budget until the 2060s and that adds an unthinkable $62 trillion to the national debt between now and then.
And lest you quibble, the excellent fact-checkers at PolitiFact concluded that Miller’s claims are “mostly true.” They agree with Miller on the 50-plus-year timeframe for balancing the budget; they quibble a bit on the $62 trillion in new debt – but they agree that the number “is certainly in the trillions of dollars.” Furthermore, does Ryan seriously expect anyone to take economic projections that stretch forward five decades seriously?
Has everyone forgotten that we had a balanced budget – even a surplus – under Bill Clinton? It wasn’t that long ago, folks. It can be done again if we are willing to be responsible instead of idiotic about revenues. Yes, Bush tax cuts, I’m looking at you for starters.
The GOP “roadmap” is a sham. And Ryan is a fraud. Please, can someone start a grown-up conversation about important things in Washington?