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Trump Love Is No Excuse To Attack Convention Of States

conventionIt is one thing for a Donald Trump devotee to share fake stories from fake websites or to tout the awesomeness and definitive certainty of online polls but it is something else altogether when one uses their love of Trump as an excuse to attack the Article V Convention of States effort.

As of today 8 state legislatures, from Florida to Alaska, have approved applications to hold a Convention of States under Article V of the Constitution for the purpose of debating and proposing constitutional amendments for state ratification.

This is an effort that began gaining traction with the 2013 release of best-selling author and talk show host Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments and has only grown since then and is going to continue in 2017 as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has made making his state the 9th to join the effort to reign in the out of control Federal government as top legislative priority of his, a priority he reiterated in new book Broken But Unbowed.

But leave it up to Trump cultist logic to conflate a conservative, principled plan to save the Republic and the Constitution from liberal Statists and crony capitalist RINOs, that began 3 years before Donald Trump was ever a presidential candidate with a plot to harm The Donald that must be stopped.

Illinois Review contributor Nancy Thorner wrote Monday, “”Never Trump” people are the leaders in pushing the Convention of States. They include Eric O’Keefe (who led the delusional effort at this summer’s Republican Convention in Cleveland to deny Trump the nomination) and Michael Farris (who has continued to publicly criticize Trump). These “Never Trump” people are the new RINOS.  Failing to back the Donald Trump, do we want our Constitution rewritten by them?”

Nancy spent the majority of her piece attacking the entire concept of an Article V Convention, basing her attacks primarily off of the work of attorney Publius Huldah, who spoke recently at an Eagle Forum event in St. Louis, arguing that such an invocation of the second amendment method within Article V would result in a Constitutional Convention that would draft an entirely new Constitution.

Nancy also included some good old fashion George Soros and Koch brothers conspiracy theorizing in her piece saying, “What would prevent backers of the Convention of States from engaging in tactics of the Left, such as using secret, undisclosed big donors to finance their ConCon projects.  The secret donors may have received secret promises about what a new convention would actually do.  David Koch of the Koch brothers, who may be funding the project, supports abortion and gay rights, and refuses to support Trump.  George Soros is also pushing for ConCon, using his immense fortune to do so.”

Mrs. Thorner also used the #NeverTrump and Soros/Koch brothers lines of attack in a different Article V hit piece she wrote in July ahead of the GOP National Convention in Cleveland saying, “ConCon supporters are in step with globalists like the Koch Brothers and George Soros who are determined to take over the Republican Party using the never-used procedure of an Article V Convention as a ruse to purpose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”

Hate to burst a good bubble but George Soros and the Koch Brothers aren’t the ones working to get enough state legislatures to approve applications to hold an Article V Convention, it has been grass-roots conservatives the nation over who have been working their state Representatives and State Senators for 3 years now that have been doing it.

This is an effort that has received scant national support or reportage outside of Mark Levin and Glenn Beck.

And yet this is an effort that has had the support of principled conservatives for a long time.

Just in our current Modern Era, President Dwight Eisenhower backed using Article V to tackle the Federal bureaucracy.

Throughout the 1970s great Free Market thinkers like Milton Friedman supported Article V to get a much-needed(then and now) balanced budget amendment.

In his autobiography An American Life President Ronald Reagan wrote of the need for the American people to use the Article V Convention of States process to get term limits on Congress, a balanced budget amendment, and a Presidential line item veto.

Even Trump surrogates Dr. Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee supported the Article V Convention effort during the GOP Presidential primary. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has also been a major supporter of the effort even before his presidential campaign.

The likes of Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, and the back benchers who will succeed them will never let any constitutional amendment that limits their power, the overall power of the Federal government, or reverses anything the “progressives” have gotten over the last 100 plus years, get the necessary majorities in both the House and Senate for them to be moved on to the states for ratification.

Under the current status quo we will never have congressional, let along, Supreme Court term limits, no state override authority of bad regulations, executive orders, or SCOTUS decrees, no balanced budget, no major tax reform(Fair Tax), no restoration of the 9th and 10th amendments, nothing.  We will continue to be stuck with continuing resolutions that fully fund the liberal agenda, a cumulative debt that will ensure future generations are born into indentured servitude, and career politicians spending a lifetime in Washington.

I’ve been under the impression this past year that Trump and his supporters hated career politicians, why would they then attack a guaranteed way of getting rid of all of them, permanently?

No one man, no one election, is going to stop the nations decay and rot from within, but maybe, just maybe, this “Break in case of emergency” Article V Convention option could if the Trumpsters would take off their blinders and realize we are going to need something with a longer shelf life than a campaign hat to truly “Make America Great Again”.

 

McGuire To State Lawmakers Do Your Jobs Pass A Balanced Budget

Brandi McGuire

Brandi McGuire

Republican state Rep. candidate in the 72nd district Brandi McGuire said in a press release Wednesday that is was time for state lawmakers to do their jobs a pass a balanced state budget.

Wednesday the Senate defeated a $40 billion budget by Speaker Michael Madian that over spent by $7 billion, requiring a massive tax hike, pushing Illinois into its 2nd year without a budget.

McGuire said in her release:

For the second consecutive year…our state does not have a balanced budget. The establishment legislators in Springfield have put their interests ahead of the needs of the people they have been elected to serve. Once again they refuse to put their partisan differences aside, and we back home are ignored and unheard. Both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Senate tried to pass unbalanced budgets with tax increases to pay for their irresponsibility. We here in Rock Island County just received an increase in our property taxes and our state legislators just attempted to have us pay more in taxes for a state government that does not work, and for legislators who are not doing their jobs.

Here in Rock Island County we see families, businesses, and college graduates leaving for other states. We are being taxed right out of our homes and our businesses. Our cities and businesses cannot compete with our neighbors like Davenport, Iowa’s third largest city.

Let’s send a message to the establishment legislators in Springfield, do your jobs and pass a balanced budget.

The 72nd district is currently represented by retiring Democrat Rep. Pat Verschoore, McGuire, a driving school instructor and head of a non-profit for epilepsy, is running against Rock Island attorney Mike Halpin.

Jeb! Bush Endorses Article V Convention In Breitbart Interview

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

In an interviewed that aired Friday morning on the Breitbart Daily News radio program on Sirius/XM former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gave his full endorsement to the Article V convention of states process as a means of getting congressional term limits, a balanced budget, and a pet favorite of Bush’s a line item veto power for the President on budget matters similar to that sought by President Ronald Reagan in the ’80s.

In recent weeks Tennessee became the fifth state to apply for an Article V convention to debate and propose possible amendments to the Constitution that would restore the power of the states, and strenghten the system of checks and balances; joining Alabama, Alaska, Florida, and Georgia.

Jeb is also the latest in a line of GOP presidential candidates to support the Article V convention process which requires two-thirds of the state legislatures calling for a convention and three-fourths to ratify any possible amendments.  Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson have all given their support to the use of Article V.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has also recently gotten strongly behind the Article V movement with his Texas Plan to convince state lawmakers on the merits of calling for a convention and some possible amendments to restore the Republic.

With The Support Of Sen. Rubio And Texas Gov. Abbott An Article V Convention Is Gaining Steam

Gov. Greg Abbott(R-TX)

Gov. Greg Abbott(R-TX)

Speaking at a public policy meeting in Austin, Texas Friday Gov. Greg Abbott released his “Texas Plan” a 100 page package of 9 potential amendments to the Constitution that would restore liberty and revive the system of checks and balances in our federal government.

Abbott’s plan echo’s that of nationally syndicated talk show host and author of the best selling The Liberty Amendments Mark Levin, in that they call on the state legislatures to use Article V of the constitution to call for a convention of states to debate and propose amendments for possible ratification by three-fourths of the states.  In order for an Article V convention to be called two-thirds of the state legislatures need to submit applications calling for one.

Abbott is the second major political figure in recent weeks to embrace the use of Article V to advance such things as congressional and judicial term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and other measures that would restore the powers of the states and to curtail the power of the federal government.  Prior to Abbott Florida Senator and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio also endorsed the notion of an Article V convention.  Fellow GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has long been a fan of the Article V convention process.

To counter the phony claims that such a convention could “run away” Gov. Abbott explicitly calls for the agenda for any convention to be set in advance and that the convention itself should not discuss anything that isn’t permitted by the state legislatures.  Should any such proposal make it to the convention under Abbott’s plan the whole Texas delegation and participation in the convention would be terminated.

Breitbart Texas has more:

Abbott said “Our government was founded on the rule of law rather the caprice of man. That rule of law flows from our Constitution. That Constitutional foundations is now so often ignored that the Founders would hardly recognize it. Until we fix that foundation by restoring the rule of law all the repairs we seek through the policies you propose will never lead to lasting solutions.”

Abbott noted the acts of this week “show cracks in our Constitutional foundation.” He cited President Obama’s action threatening Second Amendment rights even though the Bill of Rights and the Constitution was designed to protect Americans from invasions of their liberties.

“The problem is these departures from the Constitution are not the aberration, they are now the norm,” the governor charged. He said the President has repeatedly exceeded his executive powers to impose far-reaching and heavy-handed regulations on everything from climate change to healthcare reform and immigration.

The governor also reprimanded the U.S. Congress, adding, “Congress is no better. They used to consider whether a proposed law could be squared with Congress’ Constitutionally enumerated powers.” He said, “Today’s approach is captured by the former Speaker of House. When asked to identify the Constitutional authority for Obamacare she angrily replied: ‘Are you serious?’”

Not to leave the nation’s highest court unrebuked, Abbott said the U.S. Supreme Court is a co-conspirator in abandoning the Constitution. He said, “Instead of applying laws as written, it embarrassingly strains to rewrite laws like Obamacare.” He accused the Supreme Court of frequently departing from the Constitution and amending it by adding words and concepts that are not found in the Constitution.

These increasingly frequent departures from the Constitution are destroying the Rule of Law upon which this country is founded, Abbott said. “We are succumbing the caprice of man that our Founders fought to escape.”

He said the only cure for these overreaches by the federal government and its judiciary is that the states must lead the way. Abbott said these problems will not be cured by Washington, D.C.

To date the state legislatures in Florida, Georgia, Alaska, and Alabama have signed on to an Article V convention like that envisioned by Gov. Abbott and Mark Levin.

H/T to The Right Scoop for video of Gov. Abbott’s full remarks announcing the Texas Plan

*Update: Here are Gov. Abbott’s 9 proposed amendments H/T Twitchy:

I really like #6 requiring a 7 vote majority on the Supreme Court to strike down any law enacted by the states or Congress.

The rest appear to be shorter or condensed versions of what was called for in Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments

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Jeb In Iowa Unveils Master Plan To Balance The Budget; Hiring Freeze

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush was in Sioux City, Iowa Monday to talk to potential caucus goers and in part unveiled his master plan to balance the federal budget.  Budget deficits under President Obama has have ran from one-and-a-half trillion dollars on the high end to well over $600 billion on the low end.  Before him President George W. Bush, Jeb’s brother, ran budget deficits ranging from $400-500 billion.

That kind of debt accumulation is unsustainable(and doesn’t even count the $100 trillion unfunded liabilities for Social Security and Medicare).

So what is Jebster’s master plan to tackle to nation’s soaring debt/deficits? Hiring freeze(s) for federal employees and attrition(not replacing retiring workers).

Underwhelming, to say the least.

QC Times has more:

Bush slammed the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama. He also quickly criticized Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate polling leader, three times within the first three minutes. He said the goal for economic growth nationally should be 4 percent annually, while asserting Clinton’s plan unveiled Monday wouldn’t aim that high.

In a news conference before the Bush event, state Rep. Chris Hall, D-Sioux City, criticized Bush’s statement of last week that in order to grow the economy, Americans need to work “longer hours.”

Bush said he would pursue reform in the Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs, including raising the retirement age at which Americans can access Social Security benefits.

A member of the First Budget advocacy group asked Bush for his plans to balance the federal deficit. Bush said he supports a hiring freeze on federal workers and that not replacing retirees would reduce costs.

“You are not going to get it to balance immediately, but with high (economic) growth and a focused approach to limiting spending, including entitlements over the long haul, you can get it in balance. Without (the economy) growing, it won’t happen. And if we don’t fix the entitlement system, it won’t happen,” Bush said.

Sterling Schools Looking At Balanced Budget

bannerlogoThe Sterling school district is breaking the trend of Northern Illinois school districts and is looking at passing a balanced budget.

The Dixon Telegraph has more:

For the first time in 10 years, Sterling school officials will present a balanced education fund to the School Board.

The board will vote to approve the budget tonight during its meeting, which will include a public hearing.

The largest chunk of the budget is the $29.5 million education fund, which makes up 76 percent of it and is used for teacher salaries, books and supplies.

“We are proud of the fact that we are able to present a balanced budget,” said Tad Everett, superintendent.

Balancing the education fund was not easy. Officials spent the past 3 years cutting $2.8 million from the fund, which currently has a surplus of $850.

Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Five Year Balanced Budget Plan

Sen. Rand Paul(R-KY)

Sen. Rand Paul(R-KY)

Today Senator Rand Paul(R-KY) introduced his plan to balance the federal budget in five years.  Senator Paul first hinted at his plan when he gave the Tea Party response to the State of the Union speech in January.  Paul’s budget plan entitled “A Clear Vision to Revitalize America“, if ever implemented, would cut $9.6 trillion in spending as compared to current Congressional Budget Office(CBO) baselines and would pay off $1.8 trillion from the national debt.

To achieve a balanced budget in five years Senator Paul’s plan would repeal Obamacare(just as the RSC budget does) and Dodd-Frank.  The plan would also eliminate the Davis-Bacon act which requires the government to pay union wages for various projects needlessly driving up the cost of those projects.  Also eliminated under the Paul budget plan are the Departments of Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Education(while maintaining Pell grants), and Energy, with nuclear responsibilities transferred to a re-established Atomic Energy Commission.  Senator Paul would also liquidate the governments ownership stake in bailed out companies like General Motors and Chrysler.

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Like the Republican Study Committee(RSC) and Paul Ryan budget plans Senator Paul’s block grants Medicaid and SCHIP, Senator Paul would also block grant Food Stamps(SNAP).  The Rand Paul budget plan would also return most domestic programs and agencies funding to 2008 levels before their budgets were inflated by President Obama’s stimulus.  Senator Paul would also privatize the much despised Transportation Security Administration(TSA) and would freeze foreign aid to $5 billion a year.

Daily Caller-TSA agents ‘humiliated’ Marine who lost both legs to an IED

Included in Senator Paul’s budget plan is a flat tax rate for both business and individuals(although I didn’t find the exact rate in the plan released today this tax rate is usually 17 or 17.5 percent as it was in last years five year balanced budget plan of Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, and Mike Lee).  With the flat tax the estate and gift tax would be eliminated.

When it comes to regulations, which cost businesses nearly $2 trillion every year to comply with, Senator Paul proposes having all regulations that would have an economic impact of over $100 million be subject to congressional approve and would also instill sunset provisions to regulations.

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To address the nations entitlement programs which are a major driving factor in the nations declining fiscal health Senator Paul would block grant Medicaid, give every senior the same healthcare options as members of Congress get, and would raise the retirement age of Social Security along with means testing.  Rand Paul calculates that by raising the retirement age over time and means testing benefits(wealthy seniors would get less, poor ones would get more) the program would eliminate its unfunded liabilities and remain solvent for the next 75 years.  Currently the Social Security program will become insolvent in the mid 2030s.  Senator Paul also proposes personal retirement accounts where young people could put their Social Security tax money into giving them control over their retirement savings instead of having that money controlled by Washington bureaucrats and members of Congress(who have a tendency to take that money and spend it on other things).

On the topic of reforming Medicare Senator Paul’s plan says that:

By all accounts, elected officials and federal employees receive the finest health insurance in the country. It is time for every senior to get the best health care in America.

Not only is the Congressional health care plan better, it’s less expensive. Taxpayers will save more than $1 trillion over the first 10 years and reduce Medicare’s 75 year unfunded obligation by $16 trillion. Individual seniors will save thousands of dollars from their personal health care budgets each year while receiving more generous health benefits.

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On energy independence Rand Paul’s budget plan would open ANWAR and the outer continental self to oil and natural gas development, approve the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, and promote more permitting for energy development on public lands.  All of that is a good thing so that the rest of the nation can experience the job creation and economic growth that North Dakota has experienced thanks to all the drilling going on there as energy companies harness the oil shale in the Bakken formation.

All in all Rand Paul’s budget is ambitious to say the least, we conservatives have been trying to eliminate the Department of Education since the Reagan administration and institute a flat tax since the mid 90s as examples.  Given the partial Social Security privatization, the Medicare reforms, flat tax, and the various cuts to government I don’t see a single Democrat ever voting for this budget plan.  Which is a real shame because it is on the whole a good budget blueprint that would bring fiscal responsibility to Washington.  What issues I have with the Paul plan, such as on defense and means testing entitlement benefits, has less to do with this budget and more to do with the differences philosophically between a conservative(which I am) and a libertarian(which Senator Paul is).

Despite my handful of minor issues with this budget plan if I where a member of either chamber of Congress I would vote for this in a heart beat, the question is will Harry Reid and John Boehner even allow their members to vote on it.

Republican Study Committee Introduces 4 Year Balanced Budget Plan

Monday night the Republican Study Committee chaired by Steve Scalise(R-LA) introduced its “Back to Basics” alternative to the Paul Ryan budget plan.  Where the Ryan plan attempts to balance the federal budget in 10 years, the RSC budget released tonight does so in 4 years.

735859c3-b77a-4e2a-b6fe-ef2da8af4225Among this things included in this budget plan is a return of federal spending to 2008 levels and freezes it there.  Unlike the Ryan budget plan the RSC budget repeals all of Obamacare including taxes and undoes the $600 billion in tax hikes that came out of the fiscal cliff crap sandwich.  The RSC budget would give people the option of paying current tax rates or one of two lower flatter tax rates(15 and 25 percent).  The corporate tax rate would be lowered to 25 percent and investment taxes would be set at 15 percent.  The estate tax(death tax) and alternative minimum tax(ATM) would both be eliminated.  On welfare the RSC budget plan would restore welfare to work requirements that President Obama waived.

On the all important issue of reforming our nations broken and insolvent entitlement programs the RSC budget mirrors Paul Ryan’s Medicare reforms only it would give those 60 and under the chance at premium payment support.  The RSC budget would also phase in an increase in the Medicare eligabilty age for those under 55.  Like the Ryan budget the RSC plan would block grant Medicaid and CHIP and repeal Obamacares Medicaid expansions.  Sadly, Paul Ryan didn’t address Social Security in his budget this year, but fear not the RSC budget plan does first by raising the retirement age for those under 51 years old slowly up to a new retirement age of 70 and instituting chain CPI for cost of living adjustments.

The RSC “Back to Basics” budget outright eliminates the Corporation for Public Broadcasting(no Big Bird won’t go away as Sesame Street is worth and makes more than PBS’s government subsidy), the national endowment for the arts, the National Labor Relations Board(I can hear Boeing workers cheering), the Denali, Appalachian, and Delta regional commissions, the essential air service, and would prohibit federal funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

Among the RSC’s budget plans reforms are several changes to Farm subsides, Pell grant expansions from the Stimulus(aka Porkulus) are eliminated, federal workers would have to contribute more towards their own retirements, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be privatized, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by Dodd-Frank would be eliminated(along with its unconstitutionally appointed head), and would cut the presidential election campaign fund.

Like the Ryan plan the RSC budget calls for the building of the Keystone XL pipeline and more domestic energy production.  The RSC budget also includes this passage which I love.

The budget also prohibits the
Environmental Protection Agency from
promulgating any regulation concerning,
taking action relating to, or taking into
consideration the emission of a greenhouse
gas to address climate change
All in all this plan isn’t all that bad, I have some issues with the raising of retirement and Medicare ages(I go into detail on that in my ebook We Can Do Better), and if you are going to get rid of one part of Dodd-Frank you may as well go all the way and rid the nation of all of that terrible legislation.  While the RSC does its fair share of cutting of government programs and agencies it should do more including getting rid of the Departments of Education, Energy, and HUD.
In the next few weeks Senator Rand Paul should release his five year balanced budget plan and I can’t wait to compare it to what the RSC put out.

Obama: “I Won’t Balance The Budget Just For The Sake Of Balance”

images-3In his four years in office President Barack Obama has added $6 trillion to our national debt.  This is the same guy who called President George W. Bush’s $4 trillion in new debt over 8 years “unpatriotic”.  No annual budget deficit under Obama has been less than a trillion dollars.  Thanks to the one time stimulus being built into the federal budget baseline the federal budget is nearly $4 trillion and because of Obamacare it is easily going to be over $4 trillion in the very near future.  Estimates are that the national debt will reach $25 trillion in less than ten years.  Congressman Paul Ryan and others warn that this course will lead this nation into ruin.

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And yet President Obama has the gall to tell ABC’s George Stephanoploulos that, “I won’t balance the budget just for the sake of balance.”

If Barack Obama were in charge of any business in this country and ran its finances the way he does the federal governments he would be sent to prison for a very long time.  If he ran his and Michelle’s personal finances the way he goes the countries he’d be in a debtors prison.

This is the same guy who said he would cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term(another failed/broken promise)

Obama flash back to 2008 campaign calling President Bush “unpatriotic” over his debt, which is chump change compared to Obama.

 

Paul Ryan’s Somewhat Balanced Budget vs. Obama’s Unbalanced Approach

images-3Today congressman Paul Ryan(R-WI) chairman of the House budget committee revealed his latest version of the Path to Prosperity budget plan(read it here).  Unlike previous version this years attempts to balance the federal budget within 10 years.  As in past years the budget blueprint calls for the repeal of Obamacare, block grants Medicaid to the states, and reforms Medicare allowing those under 55 to receive a premium payment support for private health insurance.

Congressman Ryan would talk about what his budget plan does in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

On the current path, we’ll spend $46 trillion over the next 10 years. Under our proposal, we’ll spend $41 trillion. On the current path, spending will increase by 5% each year. Under our proposal, it will increase by 3.4%. Because the U.S. economy will grow faster than spending, the budget will balance by 2023, and debt held by the public will drop to just over half the size of the economy.

Congressman Ryan would continue.

The other side will warn of a relapse into recession—just as they predicted economic disaster when the budget sequester hit. But a balanced budget will help the economy. Smaller deficits will keep interest rates low, which will help small businesses to expand and hire. It’s no surprise, then, that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office believes that legislation reducing the deficit as much as our budget does would boost gross national product by 1.7% in 2023.

Talking about the Medicare reform Ryan would write.

Our budget repeals the president’s health-care law and replaces it with patient-centered reforms. It also protects and strengthens Medicare. I want Medicare to be there for my kids—just as it’s there for my mom today. But Medicare is going broke. Under our proposal, those in or near retirement will see no changes, and future beneficiaries will inherit a program they can count on. Starting in 2024, we’ll offer eligible seniors a range of insurance plans from which they can choose—including traditional Medicare—and help them pay the premiums.

This version of the Path to Prosperity budget plan also calls for reforms to welfare programs, the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, consolidates the 49 job training programs, and a simpler tax code with two individual income tax rates of 10 and 25%.

Not every conservative is pleased with the Ryan plan.  The Heritage Foundation has some issues with the Ryan plan.  In today’s Morning Bell Alison Fraser would write:

regrettably, Ryan’s budget also relies on Obama’s $618 billion fiscal cliff tax increase and Obamacare’s $1 trillion in tax hikes (more on this next) to get to balance. This means that tax levels rise almost immediately to 19.1 percent of GDP, well over the 18.5 percent benchmark. Balance is important, but so is the size of government. Without the tax increase, this budget would have had to have been more assertive in attacking spending and reforming entitlements to achieve and sustain balance….perhaps the biggest shortcoming of this budget is that it keeps the tax increases associated with Obamacare. These tax hikes are the oxygen that fuels the fire of ever bigger spending. But the entire fire needs to be put out—all of Obamacare should be repealed, including its tax hikes.

Heritage Foundation-First look at the 2014 Ryan budget

Naturally President Obama and the Democrats in Washington immediately panned the Ryan plan.  The bulk of the criticism being that the Ryan plan doesn’t follow President Obama’s idea of a “balanced approach”, which means the only cuts to spending that can be made are to the military and taxes have to go up on the “rich”, who happen to already be paying nearly 40% of the tax burden.  As has been the case since the first Ryan budget proposal Obama and the Democrats cannot stand the concept of the Ryan Medicare reform.  White House spokes idiot Jay Carney today repeated to worn out line that the Ryan Medicare reform would cause seniors to pay more for their health care.

As has been the case since Paul Ryan first introduced his idea, he doesn’t touch Medicare for current beneficiaries(unlike Obamacare which is already negatively effecting them) or for those near retirement.  And more to the point the Ryan plan is a money saver.  As I wrote in my book We Can Do Better even if we gave every Medicare recipiant $10,000 we would still save more than $50 billion annually.

Speaking about the tax reforms in the Ryan plan Jay Carney would say that the plan would punish middle-class families.  Really, who is that?  The Ryan plan takes our current 6 tax brackets and makes them two(10% and 25%).  Seems to me that everyone would see a tax rate reduction.  But then again the “rich”, the nations job creators, aren’t punished even further as they were with the fiscal cliff crap sandwich so of course the Democrats are going to decry the Ryan plan.

Daily Caller-Obama delays budget until April, slams Ryan’s plan

Speaking of taxes it is widely reported that Paul Ryan’s counter part in the Senate Patty Murray(D-WA) will release the Senate Democrats budget plan(for the first time in 1,500 days) which will include at least $1 trillion in higher taxes and is widely rumored to never even attempt to balance.  This after the more than $600 billion in tax hikes that came from the fiscal cliff crap sandwich and the $500 billion in Obamacare taxes.  Meanwhile President Obama won’t release his budget plan until April, two months late, and it to is not expected to ever balance.

Breitbart-Senate Dems hide budget proposal, reportedly $1 trillion in tax hikes

As the Heritage Foundation pointed out, while the Ryan plan is a step in the right direction it has some big time flaws with it, namely the keeping of fiscal cliff and Obamacare tax increases, these need to go away nearly as badly as Obamacare itself.  But at least Paul Ryan makes an honest effort at making Washington live within its means.  You can’t say that about what Patty Murray is expected to offer up tomorrow.  And you will never, ever, confuse Obama with a penny pincher, let alone someone who is fiscally responsible.

*update: Left wing loons dusted off their old ad depicting Paul Ryan pushing granny off a cliff today and congressman Ryan responded tonight on Hannity.

*update ii: I forgot that Rand Paul should be releasing his five year balanced budget plan very soon and if it is any thing like last years it will be a great plan that I am likely to champion