Paul Ryan: Democratic budget 'blowing smoke'
March 15th, 2013
11:54 AM ET
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Paul Ryan: Democratic budget 'blowing smoke'

(CNN) - Three days after he unveiled the GOP budget, Rep. Paul Ryan stayed focused on the country's fiscal problems during his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference and took a dig at the Democrats' own budget proposal in the Senate.

"You know, this has been a really big week. We got white smoke from the Vatican and we got a budget from the Senate," he said to applause. "But when you read it, you find that the Vatican's not the only place blowing smoke this week."

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Unlike Ryan's plan, the Democratic proposal doesn't claim to balance the budget in 10 years. It also includes new sources of revenue from taxes and doesn't touch entitlement reform as much as Republicans would like.

"By living beyond our means, the government is sending us a message," Ryan said. "It is saying if you plan ahead, if you make sacrifices for your kids, if you save, you're a sucker. It is brazenly stealing from our children and from young adults and it has to stop."

Ryan's budget, meanwhile, has no new taxes, big changes to Medicare, a repeal of President Obama's health care reform, and support for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, who's considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also chided the recent pattern in Congress of lawmakers waiting until the 11th hour to reach a deal.

"When politicians budget by crisis, what happens? They make deals in the dead of night far away from public view, lobbyists sneak in their pet projects and government grows. Cronyism spreads. It crowds out our communities and as it lurches from crisis to crisis, it freezes people in fear. In effect, we levy an uncertainty tax on everyone in the nation."

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. SB Atl

    They are both blowing smoke but Ryan is an absolute idiot who only worries about Ryan and the people who will donate big time to his run for President.

    March 15, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. mk1

    Let's see, the latest analysis of Ryan's budget concludes that it will be a windfall for the wealthy. Well, who would have thought it. Over $200,000 tax break for those making over a million bucks and screw the middle and lower classes. More of the same.

    March 15, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. George Cook

    WARREN...real nice job of "blowing smoke" yourself...true to the DEM spirit of Politics...I am surprised that MR O hasn't blamed former President George Bush...for Mr O's lack of Budget submission for the past 4 1/2 years...GET real Mr Warren..Fess Up....the DEMS ain't getting it done...well they ARE alwasy "Blaming Somebody ELSE" for all of THEIR inadequacies and short falls.

    March 15, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. wade

    It is kind of cute the way the Liberal press claims the dems in the Senate proposed a budget finally after 4 years but it is not a budget it is a tax and spend plan. Poor liberals they do not know the difference.

    March 15, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    That smoke you see, Mr. Ryan. That's your hair on fire.

    March 15, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Ron

    I can't believe people from WI vote for him! He, Boehner and McConnel should seek employment elsewhere.

    March 15, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Ron

    George, let's not forget which president left our economy in a freefall when he left office, and also which president has moved our economy in the other direction ever since.

    March 15, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. BB

    George Cook, if you go to the Government Printing Office website, you can personally read the Budget that Obama has submitted for every fiscal year he has been President.

    March 15, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. E Grad

    If we really want to impact the budget lets reduce the size of congress; why do we need so many Representatives from each state? After all once these politicians reach Washington the only people– most represent is the Lobbyist.
    We need Government reform and Constutional Ammendments that really work for the Democracy!

    March 15, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Guest

    I cant beleve people voted for obama! I guess you like being lied to while your money is stolen and wasted or given away.

    March 15, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Yanni

    It must be a bad news for the catholic Ryan the Pope name is Francis. It is time for Ryan to cling to Ayn Rand Philosophy officially.and make a religion out of it. I am sure the tea party will follow him until they work for free to support the job creators.

    March 15, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC


    I cant beleve people voted for obama! I guess you like being lied to while your money is stolen and wasted or given away.
    The best part is that less of it is being stolen, wasted, and given away than under Bush.

    March 15, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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