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August 30, 2010

RYAN'S RADICAL ROADMAP FINDS SOME GOP BACKING.... Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) wants Republican lawmakers and candidates to show some courage and endorse Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) "Roadmap for America's Future." So does Jonah Goldberg.

For his part, Ryan, the far-right lawmaker who'll head the House Budget Committee if Republicans take the House, knows he's offered a fairly radical budget plan, and recently conceded his colleagues who agree with him are too nervous to say so: "They're talking to their pollsters and their pollsters are saying, 'Stay away from this.'"

Amanda Terkel reports today, however, that some aren't staying away from this.

-- Martha Roby, AL-2: On June 4, Roby put out a statement criticizing Democrats for refusing to move forward with a budget proposal. "The American people deserve better. They deserve solutions," said Roby. "Conservative leaders like Rep. Paul Ryan are offering real solutions to cut wasteful spending, such as canceling unspent TARP and stimulus funds, cutting non-defense spending back to 2008 levels, and reducing the government workforce. I endorse these solutions and other common sense approaches to start getting our fiscal house back in order." Roby is one of the National Republican Campaign Committee's "Young Guns," the party's top new prospects.

-- Francisco Canseco, TX-23: In a video posted on July 13, Canesco told a questioner that he supports Ryan's alternative budget proposal. Canseco is also one of the NRCC's Young Guns.

-- Andy Barr, KY-6: In a July 15 radio appearance on WVLK-AM 590, a caller asked Barr whether "we can count on you to support the Republican budget." Barr responded, "Yeah. I mean, absolutely. I'm not in Congress now, of course, and I don't have an opportunity to support a particular budget, but that's certainly preferable -- that budget, a leaner budget -- is certainly preferable to the ones that have been offered by the President and the Speaker of the House."

-- Dan Lungren, CA-3:Lungren is already in Congress, but he hasn't yet co-sponsored Ryan's plan. On Aug. 11, Lungren told Ryan that the roadmap was "the best long-term look at trying to deal with our fiscal insanity right now that anybody has done." He refused to say, however, whether he would officially sign on to the bill before the election.

This is, of course, exactly what Democrats have been hoping for.

If you're just joining us, Paul Ryan's "roadmap" is a right-wing fantasy, slashing taxes on the rich while raising taxes for everyone else. The plan calls for privatizing Social Security and gutting Medicare, and fails miserably in its intended goal -- cutting the deficit. As Paul Krugman recently explained, the Ryan plan "is a fraud that makes no useful contribution to the debate over America's fiscal future."

When Republican candidates embrace this plan to radically transform governmental institutions and Americans' way of life, as these handful have, they're endorsing a Republican vision of governing more extreme than anything we've seen in the modern political era.

That should not only be a crucial component of their campaigns, it reinforces the need for other Republican candidates to state their position on the "roadmap." The question for every GOP hoping to be in Congress next year is simple and straightforward: "The leading Republican on the budget has presented a bold proposal. It's been touted by the Republican leadership, and endorsed by several Republican candidates. Do you agree with that plan or not?"

It's not unreasonable to think voters should have an answer before they head to the polls in November.

Steve Benen 1:25 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (17)

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Ya know, Martha Roby has been a perfectly nice city councilwoman for me (I'm in her district), just like Bobby Bright was a perfectly decent mayor. So why the hell do I have to choose between them when they are BOTH just babbling Republican talking points? A Blue Dog vs a Ryan clone. Spare me.

We need some real democracy her in Alabama.

Posted by: martin on August 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

I'll take them more seriously when they consider defense cuts alongside Social Security, Medicare and the rest. A dollar is a dollar no matter who is spending it.

Even then, I won't take them all that seriously.

Posted by: danimal on August 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

This should be exactly what the Democrats are hoping for, but it won't do them any good unless they have the courage and brains to exploit it.

Posted by: Ron Byers on August 30, 2010 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

Yep. I bet FOX Noise will get right on this openness ideation...

Posted by: stevio on August 30, 2010 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

The Republicans go in to this cycle with two possible plans:

1) The Bush plan
2) The Ryan Roadmap

One is a proven disaster. The other is a bag of beans.

The Democratic Party appears to only have "we'll do better".

The lesser of 2 evils choice is easy for us, but it ain't any way to win elections.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on August 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

Since these Republican statesmen have a thing for the Constitution, they should be asked if the dismantling of Social Security violates the Eighth Amendment, as our nation's elderly and needy will be subject to cruel and inhumane punishment until the day they die! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on August 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

Unless Democrats will hammer this home, Republicans will run on this "roadmap", win big despite it, and then have the MSM confirm that this was the seminal campaign issue of 2010. Nightmares oftentimes have no clear beginning or end. This is another example where inadequate messaging is killing us.

Posted by: walt on August 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM | PERMALINK

Ron Byers is right, if the Dems sit on their hands -- as they've been doing all summer -- the Ryan Roadmap will soon be the highway to riches and ease for every Real American, and the end to all the problems with welfare, immigration, and big gummint.

Progressive blogs are starting to have the feel of whistling past the graveyard (and Dem political leaders are sounding like the residents of it).

Posted by: bleh on August 30, 2010 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

While I have no doubt that the Republicans will happily try to pass Ryan's plan into law, I do have one question. Given that the Democrats could do very little with a President, 59-60 seats in the Senate and a large majority in the House, what are the Republicans going to do with no President, a small majority/larger minority in the Senate and a small to middling majority in the House?

Posted by: JMG on August 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds more like Roadkill for America's Future.

Posted by: Russell aboard M/V Sunshine on August 30, 2010 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

JMG - Find enough intimidated Dems to pass their program with veto-proof majorities. Why the Dems were incapable of doing this is a different question.

Posted by: drkrick on August 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

How, exactly, does this square with the teabagger vision of smaller government that doesn't look over your shoulder all the time? Not at all, I'd say.

Posted by: Mark on August 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

I think we are about to enter a new era, and a very dark one at that. The wealth and powerful of this society have made a decision, they want to end all social programs in America, remove all regulation that prevents their thieving, keep all that prevents them from having to compete, protect their tax cuts and expand them. The in short are selling out most of the rest of us so they can make their new fortunes in China and India (and other emerging markets). I mean why is it that we are hearing so much from Libertarian's? Why do they have so much media access?

Dark days ahead ladies and gentlemen, dark days.

Posted by: latim on August 30, 2010 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

JMG - you need to be aware of several facts:

1. The gang of 14. A group of dems will always reach across the aisle and agree to put an end to the filibuster. This will only ever happen when the republicans are in charge.

2. The blue dogs will vote with the republicans. Yes, they are that stupid.

3. The media will play it out as strong government by the republicans, and any opposition to it will be played as ridiculous partisan obstruction by the dems.

4. Low information votes will go without benefits, believe it's the fault of the dems and "those others", and still vote republican.

Posted by: royalblue_tom on August 30, 2010 at 6:15 PM | PERMALINK

President Obama had better order some of those special veto pens if we lose the House and Senate as he is going to be kept busy doing the veto signing dance.

Posted by: mishanti on August 30, 2010 at 8:12 PM | PERMALINK

"...If the Democrats sit on their hands - as they've been doing all summer..." bleh @ 2:08 PM.

I seem to recall some legislation getting passed this summer but, of course, that pales into insignificance compared to what they SHOULD have been doing - making all of us here feel better by spending every available minute tearing the Republicans a new one.
Of COURSE the Republicans have all that free time. Since they're not even trying to participate in governing this country, they don't have to worry about committee meetings or trying to get the latest statistics relating to some legislation that is being debated. Republicans don't do debate; something to do with supporting policies they don't dare openly speak about, I believe.
We can't have it both ways, folks. If the Democratic Party is actually to govern, something that actually does take up a large part of the day, there are going to be times when Representatives and Senators just won't be there to counter the Republicans latest lies.
Now, if you want to complain about why the DNC, DSCC and DCC staffs aren't out there a bit more, I'll be more than willing to listen.

Posted by: Doug on August 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

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