Paul Ryan’s Powerful Response To President Obama’s Budget Speech / Open Thread; UPDATED

It’s a very powerful and serious response. Listen to the whole thing.

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Full Transcript by Sheya

I’m very disappointed in the president. I was excited when we got invited to attend his speech today. I thought the president’s invitation to Mr. Cantor, Mr. Hensarling and myself was an olive branch. Instead, what we got was a speech that was excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate and hopelessly inadequate to addressing  our country’s pressing fiscal challenges. What we heard today was not fiscal leadership from our commander in chief; what we heard today was a political broadside from our campaigner in chief. I guess it’s no coincidence that last week when the president launched his billon dollar re-election campaign was the week we launched our effort to try and get this debt and deficit under control and get our economy growing.

Last year in the absence of a serious budget, the president created a fiscal commission. Then with his budget he disavowed his fiscal commission. He ignored all of its recommendations. Now, he wants to delegate leadership yet again to a new commission. How are we to expect different results? And the measurements of success of this new commission are lower than the measurements of success of the last commission that ended a few months ago.

We need leadership. We don’t need a doubling down on the failed politics of the past. This is very sad and very unfortunate. Rather than building bridges he’s poisoning wells. By failing seriously to confront the most predictable economic crisis in our nation’s history, the president’s policies are committing us to a diminished future.

We are looking for bipartisan solutions not partisan rhetoric. When the president is ready to get serious about it we are going to be here working.

Exploiting people’s emotions of fear, envy, and anxiety is not hope. It’s not change, it’s partisanship. We don’t need partisanship, we don’t need demagoguery, we need solutions. And we don’t need to keep punting to other people to make tough decisions. If we don’t make tough decisions today, our children are going to have to make much, much tougher decisions tomorrow.

So I’m sincerely disappointed that the president, at a moment when we are putting ideas on the table, to try and engage in a thoughtful dialogue to fix this country’s economic and fiscal problems, decided to pour on the campaign rhetoric, launches re-election and passed partisan broadsides against us and making it that much harder for the two parties to come together with mutual respect of one another to get things done.

Doug has more here


Via The Right Scoop

Paul Ryan came on the Mark Levin show to talk about the speech today. Obviously you have a general idea of how he feels, but in this interview he breaks down what’s wrong with Obama’s proposal and corrects the lies about the Republican proposal.

Listen here


Here is  The Right Sphere’s official response to the speech:

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I couldn’t have said it better myself.


And let us get our Vice President to wrap it all up for us

Here are some more previously unseen photos from Governor Palin’s Trip to Israel.

What else is going on tonight?

Update by Doug: More on Obama’s speech today via Michael Barone at the Washington Examiner:

“Not just weak but pitiful,” “devoid of detail,” “a waste of breath.” Those were among the reactions of The Atlantic’s Clive Crook to Obama’s speech this afternoon. Crook is no Republican partisan; he calls House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan “no good.” But he is dismayed that “the administration still lacks a rival plan,” and that, as he puts it in his penultimate sentence, “the speech was more notable for its militant—though ineffectual—hostility to Republican proposals than for any fresh thinking of its own.”

What’s particularly pitiful here is that Barack Obama, with the full resources of the Office of Management and the Budget (a first-rate public bureaucracy) available to him, was able to do no better than this. But then I gather he didn’t get all the asbestos out of the John P. Altgeld housing project in Chicago either.

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