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Rep. Paul Ryan, having the Constructive Alternative in hand, goes on the attack

Shades of Rule 12!

Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has really been on the move lately.

A scant week after introducing “A ROADMAP FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE 2.0“, Paul Ryan flipped his cards and spoke truth to power;

“This budget presents a choice of two futures,” Ryan says. “Don’t look at the president’s rhetoric, look at his actions. His substance implies a different reality. Not only is this budget worse than the last one, but it triples our debt within ten years, features gushers of tax increases, and relies on some partisan commission to do the heavy lifting on fiscal policy after the next election. Make no mistake: This is a budget aimed to advance the administration’s philosophy and ideology. By increasing taxes and letting the country spiral into debt, this budget is a firm step toward transforming America into a collectivist society overseen by a social-welfare state.” [My emphasis]

Despite Obama’s protestations earlier that what Ryan and others were doing was “…telling [their] constituents [that], ‘This guy’s doing all kinds of crazy stuff that’s going to destroy America.’ “, he now was forced to instead concede Ryan put forth a “serious proposal” and recommended it receive a “healthy debate”.

The NYT is calling this “Paul Ryan’s Moment“, saying “…even liberals are paying attention to him”;

Across the first thirteen months of the Obama era, Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, has been one of the few conservative politicians offering detailed alternatives to the Democratic agenda. When Obama released his initial budget, Ryan responded by issuing a sweeping fiscal roadmap that envisioned bringing the U.S. budget back into balance across the next three decades. While many of his fellow Republicans were greeting Obama’s health care push with Medicare demagoguery, Ryan was busy co-sponsoring (with Tom Coburn, among others) the “Patients’ Choice Act,” an imperfect but impressive alternative to the Democrats’ approach. And now, with the release of Obama’s second budget, which projects deficits as far as the eye can see, Ryan has updated his fiscal roadmap as well — and suddenly, people are paying attention to him.

Ryan suggests 2010 “…will be the year for the GOP to show Americans that they are no longer the opposition party, but the alternative party. The president acknowledged that in Baltimore last week. We had a good discussion, and I’m happy he came, but at the end of the day, we come to this from a different premise. We believe that the individual is the nucleus of American life, and they see the government in that role. That is our big difference.”

“This is a choice of two futures,” he continued. “It’s not too late to make the right decision.”

In other words; not the party of no, but the party of alternate ideas, as I mentioned in an earlier post;

When the left and their friends in the media call you “The Party of No”, you need to show them your alternate plan. Slam it on the podium in front of you and say; “Not no, but no to that and yes to this.”

Ryan’s words speak of a different reality from the world of unicorns and rainbows where Obama’s faithful reside. He speaks truth, which no doubt will make them even crazier. Obama acknowledging the proposed Roadmap as legitimate are words to throw down every time the bots come off their hinges.

Rep. Ryan spoke before the vote on the most recent national debt level increase from the House Floor;

The Speaker of the House came and just said something to the effect that this was a proud moment a happy occasion a bill she’s really excited about. The bill we’re about to vote on, Madame Speaker, raises the national debt ceiling by $1.9 trillion. Even if I were a supporter of this bill, I wouldn’t be proud of it.

Video is posted on Rep. Ryan’s YouTube channel and you can watch it below as well.

Crossposted