August 16, 2012
Mitt Romney has been going around telling everyone that, if elected, he intends to balance the federal budget by the end of his second term, or shortly thereafter. Ryan says they don't know when Romney's plan will balance the budget.
The narrative that Ryan has cultivated among the press is that he's a budget wonk who understands fiscal issues and is allergic to deficits (this despite having voted for all the Bush-era policies that saddled us with high debt and ballooning deficits). Embracing the Romney budget and then saying that he doesn't know when it will balance because the campaign "hasn't run the numbers" runs counter to his reputation as a Serious Fiscal Hawk.
How can you claim to have a budget and also to have not "run the numbers?" Isn't that all a budget is? Numbers that have been run? It took Paul Ryan a single day to squander his credibility and he wants to be a heartbeat next to the presidency?
I love it when Fox News inadvertently exposes the truth. And that is, the Republicans have 3 different budgets, Romney's budget, Ryan's budget and the Tea Party Budget. However, Ryan's budgetary experience is imaginary, he doesn't really know anything about economics and he is merely the Tea Party Budget spokesperson. The Tea Party uses Ryan to push their agenda forward and they rely upon an empty vessel like Ryan who has no ideas of his own.
Now once upon a time, Romney's budget reigned supreme, but then, he angered tha Tea Party and they appointed his Dick Cheney, to show him who the boss was, and you can read all about that right here.
So you see, the Republicans have a single budget now, and it's not Republican. It's Tea Party.
NEXT: Mitt Romney's wife refuses to let Romney disclose his tax returns.