Once again Republican House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan has introduced a serious budget proposal with real spending cuts on programs that must -- must -- be curtailed and a new tax code that almost certainly will produce more revenue.
And once again, most Democrats have trotted out the same tired arguments about unfairness and the rich. Nothing changes because Democrats want the issue, not solutions.
Medicare must be reformed. Ryan has a reform plan. Democrats do not. The tax code is a mess. Ryan would have just two categories -- 25 percent and 10 percent. He would reduce the world's highest corporate tax rate to 28 percent, freeing up more capital for investment and new jobs.
He would block grant food stamps, Medicaid and dozens of other welfare programs to the states, which could run them better than Washington. Politicians don't like to give up power and that's why the party of government -- Democrats -- is opposed to everything in this plan, though it will work. The election will allow us to choose which path to follow.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: March 22, 2012