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Bowles on Ryan Plan: ‘Sensible, Straightforward, Honest, Serious’



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It has been mentioned in the Morning Jolt, the Ace of Spades, on Bill Bennett’s radio program and by Bill Kristol, but the point can’t be emphasized enough: Voters need to see Erskine Bowles, the Democrat who co-chaired Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, raving about Paul Ryan’s budget plan:

Bowles is speaking to class of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

“Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? We should get him to come to the university. I’m telling you, this guy is amazing. I always thought I was okay with arithmetic, this guy can run circles around me. He is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere. And the budget he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, honest, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit just like we did by four trillion dollars… The president came out with his own plan. And the president, as you remember, came out with a budget. And I don’t think anybody took that budget very seriously. The Senate voted against it 97 to nothing. He therefore, after a lot of pressure from folks like me, he came out with a new budget framework. And in that budget framework, he cuts the budget by four trillion dollars over twelve years. And, to be candid, this four trillion dollars cut was very heavily back-end loaded. So, that if you looked at it on a ten-year basis and compared apples to apples, it really was about a two and a half trillion dollar cut.”

Every time a “Mediscare” charge comes from a Democrat, the Republicans can, should, and must respond, “Obama’s own hand-picked co-chair of his debt control commission said the Ryan plan is sensible, straightforward, honest, and serious.”

“Sensible, straightforward, honest, and serious.”

“Sensible, straightforward, honest, and serious.”

“Sensible, straightforward, honest, and serious.”


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