August 12, 2012

A MAN, A PLAN, A CAMPAIGN:

Fellow Dems beware: Ryan offers solutions : Like them or not, he's proposed specific answers to major problems (Rick Jasculca, August 12, 2012, Chicago Tribune)

With all of the bizarre twists and turns of the campaign, it sometimes is difficult to remember that the state of the U.S. economy remains the number one issue for voters. Likewise, the staggering budget deficit continues to be a significant and substantive piece of the economic puzzle.

Only two actual deficit reduction plans have been put on the table -- the bipartisan and much acclaimed Simpson-Bowles Commission plan and the Paul Ryan budget plan.

While I like much if not all of Simpson-Bowles, I have serious concerns about many key elements of the Ryan budget. That said, nobody's plan is going to get adopted whole hog, even if you could find more than a handful of folks actually willing to tackle the challenge.

In Ryan, Romney has selected a smart, thoughtful, capable, handsome and articulate guy -- also a great family man -- who has actually done something on this issue we all call vital to our national interest.

Just because I and other Democrats think the Ryan plan is flawed (I'm always concerned with solutions based strictly on numbers rather than also factoring in human consequences, intended or not), the reality is that Romney now has a running mate who actually proposed a specific and comprehensive solution to one of our most sweeping national problems. And he's an attractive candidate.

No one ever read the Contract with America, but its existence made the GOP seem a serious alternative.

Posted by at August 12, 2012 8:29 AM
  

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