Se­ri­ously, can we all agree Ryan de­serves our re­spect?

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

As thor­oughly unin­spir­ing as this end­less Re­pub­li­can pri­mary has been for con­ser­va­tives in Amer­ica, they can take some bit of so­lace in know­ing one thing. At the very least, there is Paul Ryan.

OK, the Wis­con­sin Re­pub­li­can and House Bud­get Com­mit­tee chair­man can be about as ex­cit­ing as gelatin and fails to whip up a soar­ing or­a­tory that might spur peo­ple to storm the bar­ri­cades for him. But he is a very se­ri­ous man who has of­fered a very se­ri­ous pro­posal, at enor­mous risk to him­self, to fix the dire fi­nan­cial ar­maged­don that will en­gulf our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren for many decades.

Not only is Mr. Ryan a very se­ri­ous man, but he is just about the only se­ri­ous man in a po­si­tion of power — al­beit se­verely limited power — who is des­per­ately try­ing to ad­dress this sit­u­a­tion.

What is most shock­ing about Mr. Ryan’s soli­tary cry for fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity in the 2013 bud­get he pro­posed this week is what a stark con­trast it is to the cow­ards and thieves in this town who are in po­si­tions of real power and re­spon­si­bil­ity yet refuse to lift a fin­ger to avert the eco­nomic catas­tro­phe.

Pres­i­dent Obama could sin­gle-hand­edly lead his party to ne­go­ti­ate with Mr. Ryan and strike a deal that would save the coun­try and place him in his­tory as one of the great pres­i­dents. Just the sort of big, “post-par­ti­san” pres­i­dency he promised.

In­stead, Mr. Obama has fled the field, pil­ing a stag­ger­ing $3.5 tril­lion in new debt over the next decade and has­ten­ing the demise of the en­ti­tle­ment pro­grams. His only strat­egy is for the coun­try to go fully broke like Greece and then con­fis­cate any pri­vate wealth that might re­main.

His only at­tempt at tack­ling the prob­lem was em­pan­el­ing the bi­par­ti­san debt com­mis­sion, which he then promptly ig­nored be­cause it re­quired — shocker! — spend­ing cuts.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid and House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi have be­haved equally aw­fully.

Con­gres­sional Democrats have been so res­o­lutely ir­re­spon­si­ble that they have not even pro­duced a bud­get in three years. Even when Democrats had 59 seats in the Se­nate, firmly con­trolled the House and oc­cu­pied the White House, they could not pro­duce a sim­ple bud­get.

Truly, they are a party of Neros fid­dling away over silly is­sues like free con­tra­cep­tion while Amer­ica burns to ashes. They are a dis­grace and should be barred from any dis­cus­sion what­so­ever re­gard­ing the fed­eral bud­get or the econ­omy.

The Democrats should be al­lowed only to talk about con­tra­cep­tion, since they’re just a bunch of pills that pre­vent any­thing from hap­pen­ing.

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