The Budget Battle Is Joined

The House Budget Committee began its markup of the FY 2010 budget today. Democrats, nervous about the public’s reaction to the oceans of red ink proposed by Barack Obama, claim that the budget they have introduced in the House cuts $100 billion from Obama’s proposal.

A couple of hours ago, ranking committee member Paul Ryan threw down the gauntlet in his opening statement on behalf of committee Republicans. In his calm, measured style, Ryan denied that the deficit reductions from Obama’s proposal alleged by the Democrats will be achieved; called out the Democrats for trying to take advantage of today’s economic crisis rather than solve it; and warned that if Obama’s budget is adopted, the United States will have taken a decisive step away from Jeffersonian democracy and toward a European-style government-dominated economy. Ryan showed once again why he is one of his party’s brightest stars:

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