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What They Are Saying About The House Republicans’ Budget

- April 5, 2011

Where The President Has Failed, Republicans Have Stepped Up To Provide Leadership And Economic Sanity

The New York Times’ David Brooks: “The Country Lacked That Leadership Until Today.” (David Brooks, Op-Ed, “Moment Of Truth,” The New York Times, 4/4/11)

  • Brooks: “Today, Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, is scheduled to release the most comprehensive and most courageous budget reform proposal any of us have seen in our lifetimes.” (David Brooks, Op-Ed, “Moment Of Truth,” The New York Times4/4/11)
  • Brooks: “Ryan is expected to leap into the vacuum left by the president’s passivity.” (David Brooks, Op-Ed, “Moment Of Truth,” The New York Times4/4/11)
  • Brooks: “The Ryan budget will not be enacted this year, but it will immediately reframe the domestic policy debate.” (David Brooks, Op-Ed, “Moment Of Truth,” The New York Times4/4/11)
  • Brooks “[T]his budget tackles just about every politically risky issue with brio and guts.” (David Brooks, Op-Ed, “Moment Of Truth,” The New York Times4/4/11)
  • Brooks: “Paul Ryan has grasped reality with both hands. He’s forcing everybody else to do the same.” (David Brooks, Op-Ed, “Moment Of Truth,” The New York Times4/4/11)

The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin: “Now there's a leadership position. He's come out with a plan which is more than the Democrats can say.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 4/5/11)

  • Sorkin: “Give the man credit for putting out a plan when nobody else would.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 4/5/11)

The New York Times: “Republicans in the House of Representatives are poised to place a dramatic political bet.” (Michael D. Shear, “Republicans Bet Public Will Reward Them For Proposing Cuts,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus” Blog, 4/5/11)

  • NYT: “The proposal to be unveiled by House Republicans on Tuesday to rein in the long-term costs of Medicaid and Medicare represents a fundamental rethinking of how the two programs work, an ambitious effort by conservatives to address the nation’s fiscal challenges, and a huge political risk.” (Robert Pear, “GOP Blueprint Would Remake Health Policy,” The New York Times, 4/4/11)

National Journal Hotline’s Wake Up Call: “Paul Ryan's budget is a serious policy initiative.” (National Journal  Hotline’s “Wake Up Call!” 4/5/11)

Reuters: “Government spending would plummet by nearly $6 trillion over the coming decade under a Republican plan due to be unveiled on Tuesday, in a sharp contrast to President Barack Obama's fiscal plan.” (Andy Sullivan, “Republican Budget Plan Envisions Sharp Cuts,” Reuters4/5/11)

NBC’s “First Read”“It’s courage because Ryan is seriously addressing entitlement reform, which is something that President Obama’s budget didn’t touch at all.” (Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg, MSNBC’s “First Read,” 4/4/11)

ABC News’ The Note”: “Paul Ryan’s GOP Budget Proposal: Go Big Or Go Home.” (Michael Falcone And Amy Walter, “Paul Ryan’s GOP Budget Proposal: Go Big Or Go Home,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/5/11)

  • “The Note”: “Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., believes he’s found the country’s ‘Path to Prosperity,’ and with a budget proposal he is set to unveil this morning, Ryan is blazing a trail as a multi-trillion dollar budget cutter.” (Michael Falcone And Amy Walter, “Paul Ryan’s GOP Budget Proposal: Go Big Or Go Home,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/5/11)
  • “The Note”: “His plan would slash $6.2 trillion in spending over the next 10 years from president’s budget. That’s $2 trillion more than the plan proposed by the president’s debt commission. It also reduces deficits by $4.4 trillion and, as Ryan writes in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed this morning, ‘puts the nation on a path to actually pay off our national debt.’” (Michael Falcone And Amy Walter, “Paul Ryan’s GOP Budget Proposal: Go Big Or Go Home,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/5/11)
  • “The Note”: “ABC’s Jonathan Karl notes that Ryan says his plan would save money by changing the Medicaid system, ending corporate welfare, privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and reducing discretionary spending below 2008 levels.” (Michael Falcone And Amy Walter, “Paul Ryan’s GOP Budget Proposal: Go Big Or Go Home,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/5/11)

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “While congressional leaders meet at the White House Tuesday morning to haggle over a few billion in spending cuts in this year's budget, GOP budget chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will be unveiling a budget for 2012 and beyond that would cut TRILLIONS.” (Jonathan Karl, “Ryan Budget Cuts Spending by $6.2 Trillion,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/5/11)

  • Karl: “It's a staggering amount -- $2 trillion more than the plan proposed by the Bowles/Simpson debt commission appointed by the President.” (Jonathan Karl, “Ryan Budget Cuts Spending by $6.2 Trillion,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/5/11)

The Wall Street Journal: “Republicans will present this week a 2012 budget proposal that would cut more than $4 trillion from federal spending projected over the next decade and transform the Medicare health program for the elderly, a move that will dramatically reshape the budget debate in Washington.” (Naftali Bendavid, “GOP Aim: Cut $4 Trillion,” The Wall Street Journal4/4/11)

  • The Wall Street Journal: “But rarely if ever before have the Republicans, while holding a high-profile leadership role, provided such specifics on how they’d downsize the government’s position in society.” (Naftali Bendavid, “Lawmakers Await House GOP Budget,” The Wall Street Journal4/4/11)

“The Hill Poll: GOP Seen As More Reasonable In Spending-Cut Debate” (Sean J. Miller, “The Hill Poll: GOP Seen As More Reasonable In Spending-Cut Debate,” The Hill4/4/11)

  • The Hill Poll: “A plurality of likely voters believes Republicans have been more reasonable than Democrats in the negotiations over spending cuts.” (Sean J. Miller, “The Hill Poll: GOP Seen As More Reasonable In Spending-Cut Debate,” The Hill4/4/11)

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