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It is a pub­li­ca­tion that has been six months in the mak­ing. House Speaker Paul Ryan has shep­herded a sig­nif­i­cant new re­port ti­tled “A Bet­ter Way: Our Vi­sion for a Con­fi­dent Amer­ica” into the pub­lic arena.

“Our na­tion is on the wrong path. We can com­plain about it, but that won’t change things. To get Amer­ica back on track, we have to raise our gaze. We have to go bold. That’s what ‘A Bet­ter Way’ is about. It is a full slate of ideas to ad­dress some of the big­gest chal­lenges of our time. It is our vi­sion for a con­fi­dent Amer­ica, at home and abroad,” the pref­ace reads.

A prod­uct of a task force of Repub­li­can heavy­weights, the re­port ad­dresses poverty, na­tional se­cu­rity, the econ­omy, health care, tax re­form, and per­haps most im­por­tantly, a re­turn to the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“Just as the size of gov­ern­ment has grown, so has its ar­ro­gance. Washington spends money it isn’t au­tho­rized to spend. It takes power it isn’t given. It ig­nores laws it is re­quired to ex­e­cute. It doesn’t lis­ten, and it cer­tainly doesn’t care to learn. The Founders in­sisted on a sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers to pro­tect our con­sti­tu­tional lib­er­ties. But over time, es­pe­cially in re­cent decades, the ex­ec­u­tive branch has col­lected more power for it­self, en­abled by a ju­di­ciary that de­fers to the bu­reau­cracy and a Congress that has yielded some of its most fun­da­men­tal du­ties,” the sec­tion de­clares. Find the whole she­bang at www. bet­

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