As Mike Allennotes, Paul Ryan is working to educate his fellow Republicans on Social Security and Medicare cuts:
Fearing they may be walking into a political buzz saw by proposing cuts to Medicare and Social Security, House Republican leaders are working to build support among rank-and-file members and among constituents before releasing the House GOP budget next month. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has spent years giving chalk talks on entitlements, is schooling his colleagues with a PowerPoint presentation, “The Choice of Two Futures,” designed to educate them about the problem before he proposes specific solutions.
Rick Kleinwonders about the seemingly vacant Republican presidential contest:
So far, the field has been more remarkable for who's not running than for who is. This time four years ago, with both parties' nominations wide open, some 17 candidates had taken formal steps to run for president; one had even declared his candidacy and dropped out.
This, from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is still very wrong:
McConnell said the budget plan Senate Democrats presented Friday – calling for $10 billion in cuts – represented only one-sixth of the cuts outlined in a bill passed by House Republicans and backed by Senate GOP leaders. Earlier on the show, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) dismissed the GOP proposal as “reckless.” […]
“What’s reckless … is the $1.6 trillion deficit we’re running this year. What’s reckless is the $3 trillion we’ve added to our national debt,” McConnell said. “Our national debt is now the size of our economy. We’re beginning to look a lot like Greece.” [Emphasis mine]
Republicans have taken to declaring the country "broke" as justification for draconian cuts in social spending. It's a nice bit of rhetoric, but the evidence -- according to Bloomberg's David Lynch -- points to the opposite: