Paul Ryan, Again, Not Sucking

Rep. Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan (R-WI): Continues to not suck.

More from today’s sham summit:

Perhaps most important, Ryan confronted the Democrats with the issue of the “Doc Fix” — a separate bill that would have added $371 billion to the Democrats’ legislation if it hadn’t been stripped out. The Doc Fix would have prevented Medicare reimbursements to doctors from plummeting by 21 percent, a drop that Congress put into the bill to improve its CBO score but never planned to allow, most political observers agree.

Niether Obama nor any of his party people were able to effectively respond to this point, or to the other points raised by Ryan, because Ryan is correct and the only honest response to his critique is to admit that he’s correct.  The Democrats are playing games with the financial side of their “reform” bill in an effort to make it seem palatable to the American people (although failing miserably); they honestly do not seem to care whatsoever about the absolutely crushing deficits they are racking up at present.  This mindset is absolutely foreign to me.

Back in December, I made a call to the office of Senator Carl Levin to express my extreme displeasure with the “health care reform” effort.  Now, calling Levin’s office is always a frustrating affair, as Carl has virtually ossified in his liberalism and probably doesn’t have the capability to think outside of his union- and left wing-dominated box, but this particular instance was a supreme example of the arrogance permeating his office after all of his years as a senator.  I was explaining to his staffer the various reasons that I opposed a government takeover of the health care sector, chief among them my (completely plausible) nightmare scenario of skyrocketing health care costs (which are inevitable in a socialized system) and the necessary rationing that will follow paired with the future possibility of legalized “assisted suicide,” which could easily be pushed into a de facto policy of euthanasia for the old or disabled as a cost-saving measure.  The staffer completely ignored the point, instead insisting that when I am elderly I will be able to rely on Medicare.  I responded with the perfectly obvious observation that Medicare is already going bankrupt, to which the staffer responded that I was incorrect; there is merely a “revenue shortfall,” but “Congress can fix that.”

To the best of my knowledge, Congress has two means available to “fix” a “revenue shortfall” (or, in plain language – to stave off bankruptcy): they can either raise taxes (a hell of a lot when those boomers retire) or cut services (AKA ration services).   Needless to say, that phone call didn’t end well.


Carl Levin - Sucks

Here’s the difference between a guy like Paul Ryan and a guy like Carl Levin:  Ryan at least recognizes the problem for what it is and has presented a plausible, workable plan to correct America’s fiscal mess.  Levin may or may not recognize the problem in the first place, and if he does, he simply doesn’t care.  To Levin, America exists to support the federal government, and no problem is too small for federal intervention.  No federal program is superfluous; no federal agency ever outlives its usefulness.  If there was ever a time when Carl Levin was not a creature of the State, it has long past.  He is a statist through and through.

We need to stop electing people who either don’t know or have forgotten the meaning of limited government and federalism.  We have to send home those in Congress who don’t understand that their first priority is to defend the individual liberty of citizens, not to buy off as many voters as possible.  We need adults who can be honest and make some hard choices in Congress.  So kudos to Paul Ryan for actually trying to get that ball rolling.  I wish him all the luck in the world.