Daniel Mitchell says it so I don’t have to:
Sigh. Even when they’re sort of doing the right thing, Republicans are incapable of using the right argument.
Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has unveiled his proposed budget and he and other Republicans are bragging that the plan will balance the budget in 10 years.
Let’s be clear, though, that this is not a libertarian budget. Federal spending will still be far too high. Indeed, the budget will consume a larger share of the economy than it did when Bill Clinton left office.[…]
And it’s depressing to see that the Ryan budget has gotten weaker each year.Two years ago, he put forth a budget that limited spending so that it grew 2.8 percent per year.
Last year, he put forth a budget that limited spending so that it grew 3.1 percent per year.
Now, spending will climb 3.4 percent per year.
At this rate, it won’t be that long before the GOP budget and Obama budget converge.
Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But the moral of the story is that the Ryan Budget is a step in the right direction, but much more will be needed to restore limited, constitutional government.