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What They Are Saying About The House Republicans’ Budget, Vol. 2

- April 5, 2011

More Praise For A Serious Approach To Fiscal Responsibility

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT): “I thank Chairman Ryan for having the courage not just to talk frankly about the danger America's national debt poses to the American people but also to propose a comprehensive program to cut the national debt.” (Senator Joe Lieberman, “Lieberman Thanks Chairman Ryan for Proposing Debt Reduction Program,” 4/5/11)

Erskine Bowles And Senator Alan Simpson: “The budget released this morning by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is a serious, honest, straightforward approach to addressing our nation’s enormous fiscal challenges.” (Erskine Bowles and Senator Alan Simpson, Press Release, 4/5/11)

  • Bowles And Simpson: “We applaud him for his work in putting forward a proposal which will reduce the country’s deficit by approximately the same amount as the plan of the President's Fiscal Commission.” (Erskine Bowles and Senator Alan Simpson, Press Release, 4/5/11)
  • Bowles And Simpson: “We are particularly encouraged that Chairman Ryan’s budget looks beyond the recent debates about near-term cuts and recognizes the need to address the long-term drivers of the debt.” (Erskine Bowles and Senator Alan Simpson, Press Release, 4/5/11)
  • Bowles And Simpson: “[B]y putting forward a credible plan, Paul Ryan has made a very constructive contribution to move the debate forward and has put many ideas on the table that deserve serious consideration.” (Erskine Bowles and Senator Alan Simpson, Press Release, 4/5/11)
  • Bowles And Simpson: “Going forward, anyone who issues an alternative plan to Chairman Ryan’s should be held to the same standard when offering their own solutions. We simply cannot back away from these issues.” (Erskine Bowles and Senator Alan Simpson, Press Release, 4/5/11)

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “Agree or disagree w/ Paul Ryan, at least he has political guts to propose entitlement changes.” (Wolf Blizer, Twitter Feed, 4/5/11)

USA Today: “Ryan's plan is much tougher on deficits and debt than the budget Obama unveiled in February.” (Richard Wolf, “House GOP Fiscal Plan Unveiled To Slice Off $6T,” USA Today4/5/11)

Andrew Sullivan: “The president's walking away from the deficit commission he set up was, to my mind, one of those moments when his caution was not about the substance of the issue but the politics. He knows we need to cut entitlements and defense or face fiscal collapse. And yet he has allowed Paul Ryan to move into the vacuum Obama created on the most important domestic issue of the day.” (Andrew Sullivan, “Where Obama Feared To Tread,” The Daily Beast4/5/11)

  • Sullivan: “Ryan's proposal, whatever you think of it, is serious.” (Andrew Sullivan, “Where Obama Feared To Tread,” The Daily Beast4/5/11)
  • Sullivan: “His proposal for Medicaid - block grants to the states - will inevitably cut down on sky-rocketing healthcare spending. His tax reform is straight out of Bowles-Simpson.” (Andrew Sullivan, “Where Obama Feared To Tread,” The Daily Beast4/5/11)
  • Sullivan: “But the good news is that we finally have a political party being honest about what it takes to avoid falling off a fiscal cliff.” (Andrew Sullivan, “Where Obama Feared To Tread,” The Daily Beast4/5/11)
  • Sullivan: “The massive debt and deficits can be ducked no longer.” (Andrew Sullivan, “Where Obama Feared To Tread,” The Daily Beast4/5/11)
  • Sullivan: “And the Democrats and Obama now have to offer a response. The question I'll be asking is quite simply: how would they save $5.8 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade? Tell us, please.” (Andrew Sullivan, “Where Obama Feared To Tread,” The Daily Beast4/5/11)

CNN: “Paul Ryan is not messing around.” (Jeanne Shadi, “GOP Takes Big Swipe At Federal Budget,” CNN Money4/5/11)

The Washington Post“All told, the document, titled the ‘Path to Prosperity,’ proposes to reduce spending by $6.2 trillion over the next decade, compared with current law, and to save $5.8 trillion more than Obama’s budget.” (Lori Montgomery, “House Republicans Unveil $3.5T Budget Blueprint For 2012,” The Washington Post,4/5/11)

  • The Washington Post“Annual deficits would dwindle to under $400 billion by the end of the decade, a dramatic improvement over Obama’s budget proposal.” (Lori Montgomery, “House Republicans Unveil $3.5T Budget Blueprint For 2012,” The Washington Post4/5/11)

The Wall Street Journal: “The proposal marks an extraordinary political statement by House Republicans, propelled to power by a surge of concern over government spending.” (Naftali Bendavid, “House GOP Budget Seeks Balance By 2015,” The Wall Street Journal4/5/11)

The Associated Press: “The decade-long plan brought forth by House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., far exceeds the $1 trillion-plus in budget cuts outlined in President Barack Obama's February budget and is on par with recommendations from Obama's own bipartisan deficit commission in December.” (Andrew Taylor, “GOP Budget Point Man Unveils Major Budget Cuts,” The Associated Press4/5/11)

Former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin: “A Commendable Budget Proposal.”  (Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Op-Ed“A Commendable Budget Proposal,”  National Review, 4/5/11)

  • Holtz-Eakin: “The House budget proposal is commendable because it addresses the real problem: the structure of the entitlement programs.” (Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Op-Ed“A Commendable Budget Proposal,” National Review, 4/5/11)
  • Holtz-Eakin: “Under this plan, there is a vision of small, contained government that supports rapid economic growth, is fair to future generations, and restores America’s exceptionalism.” (Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Op-Ed“A Commendable Budget Proposal,” National Review, 4/5/11)

The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein: “That Ryan’s shown political courage by proposing difficult and even dangerous policy ideas can’t be denied.” (Ezra Klein, “Will Ryan’s Budget Revive Simpson-Bowles?,” The Washington Post4/5/11)

Americans For Tax Reform: “Put simply, the FY 2012 House GOP budget is a home run for taxpayers.” (Ryan Ellis, “Paul Ryan "Path To Prosperity" A Home Run For Taxpayers,” Americans For Tax Reform, 4/5/11)

  • ATR: “The Ryan-House GOP ‘Path to Prosperity’ is the model for true fiscal conservatism.” (Ryan Ellis, “Paul Ryan "Path To Prosperity" A Home Run For Taxpayers,” Americans For Tax Reform, 4/5/11)

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