Ezra Klein argues that Paul Ryan’s budget is flawed in ways that render it an unserious entry into the budget debate, and he disagrees with me and Ross Douthat that the plan can be tweaked over time. Since I’d mostly be repeating what Ross Douthat says here, I’ll confine myself to just two responses. First, if you compare the Ryan budget to the president’s deficit-reduction proposals rather than the original Roadmap, I don’t think there is any question which makes a more serious and specific attempt to resolve the fiscal crisis. Second, even though the Republicans control the House, the simple fact is that this budget isn’t any more likely to become law in the near term than either the House Progressive Caucus’ budget or the Republican Study Committee’s. So that means Republicans can learn from the Ryan plan and make necessary changes before there’s any likelihood of it governing the country. Even Kemp-Roth was changed slightly by the Reagan administration to get it to become law.
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