The immediate, and so far sole, response to the Republicans’ selection of Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI) as their Vice Presidential Candidate has been to attack the man and the man’s budget—which one branch of Congress thought well enough of to pass twice, and from which the Do-Nothing Democrat-controlled Senate has run screaming, not even allowing a debate of it.
Here’s a sampling of the Progressives’ response.
- A claim that the Ryan budget (summarized nearby) would increase taxes on the middle class so millionaires can continue to get tax cuts. Their position is, then, that reducing the existing 6 tax brackets to two—10% and 25%—is a tax increase.
- Obama Campaign Manager, Jim Messina:
- [the Ryan budget will] end Medicare as we know it and slash the investments we need to keep our economy growing the all while cutting taxes for those at the very top [and]
- doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past
- Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid echoed Messina’s claim:
- doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security and end Medicare as we know it
- Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D), continuing the Medicare theme:
- a strong commitment to end Medicare as we know it
What are the Progressives’ alternatives? Raise taxes on a group of Americans whom they routinely vilify. Block all efforts to reform, and so save, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security (and yes, the reform will change these programs “as we know it;” that’s kind of the nature of reform. Without reform, though, these programs will be bankrupt in 10-20 years). Otherwise, the Progressives’ alternatives—since they decry earlier policies—seems to be to continue their current, destructive policies; policies that over the last three years have exploded our deficit, exploded our debt and earned our nation its first credit rating downgrade, suppressed an economic cycle recovery and held us in a post-recession recession with 8.1+% unemployment the entire three years, stalled GDP at 1.5%-1.8% growth that doesn’t even keep up with population growth,….
In the end, by focusing on attacking the Republican ticket and the only budget passed by one house of Congress, without offering any meaningful alternatives, the Progressives are simply confessing that they have no alternatives. That they have no idea at all about how to fix our country’s ills. That they have no clue about how to put Americans back to work in a burgeoning, free economy.