Representative Paul Ryan--one of the brightest lights of the Republican House Caucus and the Chairman of the Budget Committee--is set to announce the Republican 2012 budget plan, which is sure to at least be reminiscent of Representative Ryan's Roadmap for Recovery. In it (and presumably in the budget), Ryan described ways that to shrink government and redistribute taxation away from income and savings and more toward consumption (remember: what you tax, you wish to discourage).
to the rescue rides everyone's favorite paste-eater--E.J. Dionne--who provides us with what will assuredly be the Democratic talking points in opposition to Ryan's plans. Tax cuts for the rich, dangerous cuts on vital programs for the neediest Americans, blah, blah, blah. What Dionne won't tell you is that Ryan's plan will deal both with the spending side of the equation and the revenue side. That in the end, the revenue (read: taxes) approach will be MORE fair, while recognizing that we MUST get government spending under control. Dionne's (read: the liberal) approach is always "don't cut spending, tax the rich more". Which side has new ideas these days? Not Dionne's side.