Yesterday Paul Ryan responded to Obama’s comments on his budget plan – you can read the full text here (it’s not terribly long and is clearly written). Two things leaped out at me. First, Obama grossly distorted Ryan’s plan. There were so many out and out falsehoods in Obama’s speech I initially wondered if he’d bothered to learn anything about the Ryan plan. But there were enough specific distortions that it seems to me, yes, he did read it. He just decided to lie about it for political points.
Next, Ryan’s response basically says, “no, we’re not cutting all these essential government services, we’re just providing them more efficiently.” In fairness to Ryan, most of his response had to do with aspects of healthcare, an issue he can’t avoid. And I know the GOP has been taking this road a lot, but I wonder if it’s such a good idea to concede the idea that it’s the federal government’s job to fund things like education and job training and R&D. As conservatives, can’t we just stand our ground and say, “We believe free markets provides the most opportunities and wealth for the broadest swathe of people, and the best way to support the free market and the prosperity of US citizens is to minimize the size of government?”