New Yorker Excerpt: (Aug. 6, 2012)
“If you’re going to criticize, you should propose,” Ryan says of his budget plan.
“I think you’re obligated to do that,” he said. “People like me who are reform-minded ignore the people who say, ‘Just criticize and don’t do anything and let’s win by default.’ That’s ridiculous.” He said he was “moving ahead without them. They don’t want to produce alternatives? That’s not going to stop me from producing an alternative.”
In the video below, Brit Hume (of all people) from Fox Cable News unintentionally busted Ryan by asking him about the Medicare "savings" he expects to produce from his budget proposal, Hume asks, "...doesn't your budget also contemplate very major savings from Medicare...[...]how much?" Because Ryan has to zero in on the word "savings" and transform it into "cuts" in order to criticize Obama while at the same time no longer identify himself with his own Medicare-cutting budget, Ryan completely stumbles, ..."the point is, we ...we ...ah, I joined the Romney ticket and what Mitt Romney is proposing to do is repeal all of Obamacare." But right there Ryan disowned himself from his own budget proposal and declared that Romney's plan is to repeal Obamacare and that's what he is also committed to doing.
In other words, despite Romney fully embracing Ryan's budget proposal during the republican primary debates, as a team, Ryan and Romney now claim they have no health care proposal or budget of their own. Paul Ryan's most singular and defining piece of legislative work no longer belongs to him and is now referred to as "the House Budget." The house owns it now.
So using Ryan's own words from the recent New Yorker interview, how can Ryan (or Romney) criticize Obama's health care reform, Medicare reforms or budget proposals - if they have none of their own? So they're left with no choice but to try to win by default. Or is this just more of Ryan's lifelong phony routine?
Watch the Ed Show below discussing bumbling Ryan's responses to Brit Hume. Yet another fine video catch from the Democurmudgeon.