SOTU Response from Paul Ryan (R-WI) ~ Mama Said Wonk You Out
Update: Excerpts from Ryan’s SOTU response here:
SPENDING: “In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress’s own budget. And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs. The reason is simple. A few years ago, reducing spending was important. Today, it’s imperative. Here’s why. We face a crushing burden of debt. The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead. On this current path, when my three children – who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old – are raising their own children, the federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay. No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country. Frankly, it’s one of my greatest concerns as a parent – and I know many of you feel the same way.”
BUDGET: “Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified – especially when it comes to spending. So hold all of us accountable. In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget. Last year – in an unprecedented failure– Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked. We owe you a better choice and a different vision. Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you – to show you how we intend to do things differently, how we will cut spending to get the debt down, help create jobs and prosperity, and reform government programs.”
FISCAL CHALLENGE AHEAD: “Our nation is approaching a tipping point. We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency. Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won’t work now. We need to chart a new course.”
And he NAILED the American spirit here:
LIMITED GOVERNMENT: “We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington. Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.”
I want a wonkfest from Paul Ryan tonight. It is PAST time. Americans are ready. We see it globally. We see it in Fed money printing and out of control Democratic spending with NO MEANINGFUL POSITIVE RESULTS.
We are ready to hear the bad news, then the prescription for the fix, and we want NUMBERS AND WONKERY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER!
We already have PLENTY of wordfog, fury signifying nothing, from Mr Bombastic Fantastic Obama in the SOTU, I hope the GOP Leadership allows Rep. Ryan to be Ryan in all his wonky glory.
Show us the problem, show us your plan, by the numbers, then finish up with a reminder of who we are, Americans. How we have built this country and how the American people have never met an insurmountable obstacle and that includes this debt and deficit. We are in it to win it. With the balance come the jobs.
Beware of violent lyrics from LL here~Tipper would want that PMRC label large~
And a tune to while away the SOTU from Mr Bombastic, this one is House, MD style courtesy of MalloryKnox79~