It is all over news. Congress has passed, “narrowly,” the Paul Ryan budget plan. Here is how USA Today reported the story:
“The U.S. House narrowly approved a conservative budget plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan, 221-207, on Thursday on a largely party-line vote. The fiscal blueprint does not have the force of law but outlines the GOP’s priorities over a 10-year budget window to reduce the deficit and overhaul the Medicare system. No Democrats voted for the plan. ‘House Republicans decided to double down on the failed policies that the American people rejected just a few months ago,’ said Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash. The Democratic Senate is debating a competing budget on Thursday with passage scheduled Friday. Congress will then adjourn for a two-week Spring recess.”
Other mainstream media outlets present the same face, but it is all theater. Conservative Republicans refused to vote for the plan because it doesn’t make real cuts and doesn’t deal with the financial realities we face. According to KMBZ, Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) voted against the Ryan budget. On Wednesday, Massie told reporters he wouldn’t vote for it because it didn’t cut enough.
“The latest budget proposal by Representative Paul D. Ryan, called “The Path to Prosperity,” is anything but. It fails to seriously address runaway government spending, the most pressing problem facing our nation. I cannot vote for something that would trick the American people into thinking that Congress is fixing Washington’s spending problem, when in actuality we’d just be allowing it to continue without end.”
“Spending would grow by an average of 3.4 percent annually, only slightly less than the rate under President Obama’s plan, which is 5 percent a year. After 10 years — Mr. Ryan’s target for eliminating the deficit — the ‘Path to Prosperity’ will have spent $41 trillion, when the president’s plan would allow spending of $46 trillion. My party’s de facto position has become ‘we’re increasing spending, but not as much as the other guy.’ That’s not good enough.”
Broun is insisting that we cut the real size of government. This is exactly what we need and the reason that the Tea Party came into existence. Remember, the Tea Party was a response to Bush. It started before the election back when Bush was offering “stimulus” spending as a way to help the economy. With Broun v. Ryan, we see we are still facing the same problem. The GOP wants to look “fiscally responsible” in comparison to Obama, while still glorifying their god, the state. That god is a demon that is presently consuming us all.
As Broun writes,
“There is a “Path to Prosperity,” but Mr. Ryan’s budget isn’t it. The only way to protect our nation’s financial future as well as our citizens’ liberty is to stop the outrageous spending in Washington and permanently reduce the size of our overreaching federal government.”
The media will attack Ryan as if he is destroying the welfare state. Their hostility will be real, but they will be concentrating on Ryan in part to set him up as the principled opposition, hoping that politicians like Broun can be marginalized and defeated, or seduced to the dark side.
Conservatives need to support and encourage these Congressmen who have publicly sided with substance over subterfuge. They are the real Tea Party.