Saturday, February 19, 2011

Despite pledge for 'aggressive' talks with GOP, Obama has never called House Budget Committee chairman...

Paul Ryan's Charge Up Entitlement Hill - The GOP's fiscal leader explains why House Republicans will vote to reform Medicare and why the public is ready to listen. - Wall St. Journal via Drudge
What's the White House political calculation behind its budget? "The fiscal strategy is to hang on to all the government we've grown, and hopefully rhetoric will get us through the moment. It strikes me as a posture or position to keep the gains of the last two years in place—the bump up in discretionary spending, the creation of these new entitlements—to lock in their gains, bank their wins, and then hang on through the rest of this year. And they believe they have the flourishing rhetorical skills to navigate the politics in the meantime," Mr. Ryan says.

He adds he was hoping for more, counting on at least some leadership on Social Security, but "we've seen triangulation in rhetoric, not in substance."