Rep. Paul Ryan previews FY2012 budget, pushes back on political attacks


House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan previews the House Republicans’ FY2012 budget to be launched this week. While Chairman Ryan’s budget is determined to deliver a stronger, more prosperous America for the next generation, too many in Washington remain focused on their next election.

On his Facebook page, Congressman Ryan wrote:

They are going to demagogue us and it is that demagoguery that has always prevented political leaders in the past from actually fixing the problems. We can’t keep kicking this can down the road. The President has punted; we’re not going to follow suit. We are giving them a political weapon to go against us, but they will have to lie and demagogue to make that a weapon.

At The Wall Street Journal, GOP Aim: Cut $4 Trillion

Republicans will present this week a 2012 budget proposal that would cut more than $4 trillion from federal spending projected over the next decade and transform the Medicare health program for the elderly, a move that will dramatically reshape the budget debate in Washington.

The budget has been prepared by Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and the new chairman of the House Budget Committee, and it represents the most complete attempt so far by Republicans to make good on their promises during the 2010 midterm elections to cut government spending and deficits.

Though Rep. Ryan based the Medicare portion of his budget on a previous plan created in collaboration with a Democrat, Alice Rivlin, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and long-time budget expert, the current plan isn’t likely to get much Democratic support. Instead, it will set up a broad debate over spending and the role of government heading into the 2012 general election…

On Gretawire, Greta Van Susteren writes, “Keep your eyes on Congressman Paul Ryan…”

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