Saturday, April 3, 2010

Good and Bad From Paul Ryan

Via RCP.

Ryan nails a number of excellent points in this fairly long read. The Good (he nails these points):

  • The country is at a tipping point where (paraphrasing a well-known quote) "a majority can vote itself a raise from the federal treasury". Passing this point will be the end of the Great Experiment that is The United States of America.
  • "Crony Capitalism" is alive and well under this administration. "To Big To Fail" includes as a corollary "To Small To Succeed".
  • Republicans and Democrats both bear responsibility for the forward march of Leftist policy. Even when they haven't directly driven the Big-Government policy, the GOP has aided and abetted.
  • The bureaucracy is out-of-control, overpaid and a major part of the problem.
  • The National Debt is rapidly becoming unsustainable.
The Bad (he misses the problems here):

  • Congressman Ryan makes the claim that today's Progressives are "bad" and those of yesterday were "good". I disagree. Today's Progressives are the natural descendants of yesterday's. The follow-on to the "good government" policies of 100 years ago are things like "Universal Healthcare", which you may recall has been proposed and rejected for the last 100 years.
  • While I agree with much of the Congressman's "Roadmap", it still contains many "European-style" social welfare programs that will continue to be exploited for votes and are fundamentally unsustainable.
  • I see no plan for dismantling the Federal Bureaucracy. Until that happens, nothing changes.
Paul Ryan might be "the smartest guy in the room". Certainly he has the most sense and is a rising star. My advice to him: Don't get sucked in to the Washington mindset. The only way to fix the Feds is to dismantle all of "the system" and start over with the House, the Senate and the Presidency. Strip the rest to bare bones. Read and follow the Constitution by its intent. Restore Liberty and the ability to succeed or fail on your own merits. Protect those who are not able-bodied. We will handle the rest.


Dad29 said...


Would you eliminate the FDA?

Would you eliminate the Fair Labor Standards Act?

Not ALL Gummint is bad Gummint, albeit much more could/should be done by States as opposed to Feds.

Deekaman said...

I would, as I said, strip the whole thing to bare-bones and decide what the real need is. I'm not saying all gummint is bad. What I am saying is that the bureaucracy is currently providing very little anyone.

Ordinary Jill said...

You did say that the progressives of 100 years ago were not "good" as Ryan claimed. Does that mean you think that child labor laws and workers compensation were bad things? Should we return to the days of laissez-faire economics chronicled in Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle"?

Deekaman said...

Jill: You are cherry picking here, as did Dad. My point is that this is the culmination of all the "Progressive" programs of the past. No one has bothered to see what is really working and what is a waste of money. If it doesn't work, just throw more money at it?

And how about some constitutional authority for any of these. Some, arguably can be justified. Most can't.