Paul Ryan's Opportunity

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Yesterday, he was as livid as I remain about the rank recklessness of Obama's budget proposal:

“Americans expect their presidents to lead, they expect their presidents to take on the country’s biggest challenges, and arguably the biggest domestic challenge perhaps in the history of this country is this crushing burden of debt that is coming our way,” he said. “The president punted on the budget and he punted on the deficit. That’s not leadership ... Anyone who knows anything about me knows we have to tackle entitlements or they’re going to tackle us.”

And yet no specifics on Medicare or defense yet. Hmmm. So let Ryan propose a budget that exposes Obama's irresponsibility and complacency. Let him be the leader Obama refuses to be. Let's see the real entitlement and defense cuts the US needs if it is to avoid default or a long slide into debt-ridden stagnation. Obama has doubled down on the unseriousness of the GOP on the debt, by revealing his own total lack of concern. He is calling their bluff at the country's and the next generation's expense.

The real question now is: will the GOP call Obama's bluff? Or do they have as little courage as he does? I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but I'd sure love to be proven wrong.

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