The White House objects to Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R, WI) latest budget proposal as the end of the welfare state. I certainly hope it is.
As to the rest of The Wall Street Journal‘s op-ed, what they said.
Some—by no means all, but every grouping has its extremists—who aver themselves to be tea partiers need to withdraw their heads from rectal storage and pay attention. In DC, in politics, in any endeavor, we need to not hold out for everything all at once, or we’ll get nothing at all, and at once. Take what we can get today, and come back tomorrow to work for more.
This working, bit by bit, toward the goal is how the Progressives have gotten us into our present strait over these last 80 years, and it’s the only way out of our present strait to fiscal sanity and its associated economic growth and prosperity. It’s the only path away from government dependency and back to personal responsibility and individual freedom.
Take the budget and vote it up. Make the spending, taxing, and “entitlement” corrections today that are possible today, rather than failing to get any of it by being greedy for more. Come back tomorrow, and work then for the next increment. And by the way, tomorrow’s effort will be informed (for those willing to listen) by the empirical data flowing from today’s reforms, and so tomorrow’s continued reforms can be more efficiently structured and thus produce its results more quickly. Sort of a dynamic political scoring.