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  • How Giving Consumers Choice Can Save Health Care
    Posted in Commentary on May 25, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    The failure of politicians in Washington to address the crisis in Medicare is putting the health security of Americans at risk. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a budget that advances a plan to save Medicare for today’s senior citizens and strengthen it for future generations. But instead of seeing an opportunity for bipartisan action, President Barack Obama and his party have seized it as a chance to play politics with the health of our nation. The Democrats’ dishonest characte... Read more

  • Paul Ryan's reality check on budget hysteria: GOP plan bolsters the safety net
    Posted in Commentary on May 18, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    The ink wasn't even dry on the proposal when the wailing began. You might be excused for thinking the safety net was being dismantled. One Democratic senator wondered aloud whether the bill would prompt the widespread auctioning of abandoned children into slavery. A senior Democrat in the House of Representatives warned that within two years of enactment, the bill would "put 1.5 million to 2.5 million children into poverty." You remember those criticisms ... you heard them last month when the Ho... Read more

  • Four Pro-Growth Axioms To Avert Shared Scarcity
    Posted in Commentary on May 17, 2011 | Preview rr

    A phrase you hear in Washington a lot these days is “shared sacrifice.” To an alarming degree, the budget debate has degenerated into a game of green-eyeshade arithmetic, with many in Washington demanding that we trade ephemeral spending restraints for large, permanent tax increases. The only winners in that trade are special interests in Washington, with taxpayers and working families taking the hit today, and future generations taking an even harder hit tomorrow. I call it the “shared scarcity... Read more

  • The budget debate we all deserve
    Posted in Commentary on May 15, 2011 | Preview rr

    Despite Washington coming to grips with the fact that the debt threat is real, policymakers still are not having the debate Americans deserve. The talk is too often restricted to "shared sacrifice." This sets up a debate where we are really just arguing over whom to hurt and how best to manage the decline of our nation. It is a framework that accepts permanently higher taxes and bureaucratically determined access to health care as givens. A better name for this approach is "shared scarcity." It ... Read more

  • A budget for the 21st century
    Posted in Commentary on April 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    This week the House of Representatives will take the first real step in addressing our looming fiscal crisis by bringing “The Path to Prosperity,” a budget resolution for next year and beyond, to the House floor. This budget offers a clear contrast to the president’s speech on Wednesday. It offers a contrast in credibility. Unlike the president’s speech, which was rhetorically heated but substantively hollow, our budget contains specific solutions for confronting the debt and averting the most p... Read more

  • Charting a path to prosperity
    Posted in Commentary on March 10, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    When it comes to the generation-defining challenge of our time - the explosive growth of our national debt - the president has failed to lead. His budget proposal doubles the debt, raises taxes by $1.6 trillion and locks in spending at historically high levels. We can do better. The American story is a cherished story of opportunity, made possible because each generation, applying our timeless principles to the challenges of the day, has worked to ensure that the next generation would inherit an... Read more

  • House GOP committed to cut spending, reform government and grow the economy
    Posted in Commentary on February 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    Last week, the president offered a disappointing step in the wrong direction with a budget that locks in Washington's spending spree and adds $13 trillion to the debt. His budget would stifle job growth today and cripple future generations with a crushing burden of debt and taxes. Job creators understand that today's big deficits are tomorrow's big tax increases. Washington tried to spend, borrow and tax our way to prosperity. It just doesn't work. After two years, all this borrowing and spendin... Read more

  • The Pro-Growth Case for Spending Cuts
    Posted in Commentary on February 13, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    When House Republicans pledged to make cutting spending our top priority, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. The President and his party remain committed to the notion that the best way to create jobs and prosperity is to raise your taxes, spend your money, and then borrow some more money and spend that. ‪ ‪After two years, all of this borrowing and spending has not only failed to deliver promised jobs, but also plunged us deeper into debt. The problem is simple: Many families and businesses look at t... Read more

  • Looking forward to role righting federal budget
    Posted in Commentary on December 28, 2010 | Preview rr

    Every American family has a budget. Each of us must account for what we spend—for our apartment or home, groceries, utilities, clothes, transportation, medical and child care—and our savings for the future. We have to prioritize—and often this requires difficult trade-offs. But if you spend without priorities, you can quickly find yourself in big trouble, with mounting credit card debt or unpaid bills burdening you and those who depend on you for their livelihood. The federal government needs a ... Read more

  • Opposing view on fiscal reform: Address health care costs
    Posted in Commentary on December 5, 2010 | Preview rr

    The Fiscal Commission has been a success. Due in large part to the leadership of co-chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the commission's deficit-reduction proposal has launched a critical debate about the biggest problem facing this country: how to get the federal government's fiscal house in order and ensure a growing and prosperous future. Tasked with an extraordinarily difficult challenge, the co-chairmen put forth a serious and credible plan aimed at reducing deficits. Unfortunately, t... Read more