Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rep. Paul Ryan, the exception to the rule.

A while back, I asked the rhetorical question: A fiscal tsunami is coming: when is Congress going to act?
The question continues to remain: will those leading our government have the courage to do what must be done?
In sober moments, everyone involved knows we have to do SOMETHING... and it must be done now.

But who will have the courage? Who is willing to put their political future behind the needs of the people? Who is willing to stand up and tell us the truth? Who is willing to make the cuts we need to survive? Who will demand the harsh cuts in the so-called entitlements? Who will demand the massive cuts needed in the federal workforce? Who will demand the end to the extortion of public employee unions.
And along comes Rep. Paul Ryan.

I indicated that our local back-bencher would have no place in the fight; unfortunately, courage is not her personal strong suit, and, well, she isn't and never will have the convictions of, say, Congressman Alan West, one of my own personal political heroes... so, this question will be determined while she... well.... watches.

In fact, as I write this, I can't find any position she's taken on the Ryan Plan, one way or the other:
Casey Bowman, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, said the congresswoman would have no comment on the specifics of Ryan’s sweeping budget plan until she has a chance to study it.

“It’s clear we can’t keep spending money we don’t have, and she’s happy Chairman Ryan is taking our crushing debt crisis ­seriously,” Bowman said.
Because, of course, after she "studies" this, she'll have a better plan... right?

As if.

Ryan is taking a serious shot at fixing the economy.

Five (Or six, depending on where you read it) trillion? It's a start.

Ryan has done what our congress member would never do: he's risked his political future on taking a stand.

And for that, America owes him a debt of gratitude.

Cross posted at Clark County Politics.

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