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Paul Ryan promises balanced budget

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House Budget Committee Chair and 2012 Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan promised Sunday that the House would pass a balanced budget this year that actually balances the budget instead of merely putting it on the path to balance as he proposed last year.

Ryan (R-Wisc.) said that his committee has not finished writing the budget yet because it just received the numbers it needed from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. But Ryan said he was “very comfortable with the fact that we will produce a budget that balances” in the next ten years.

“Look, the point also is this, we’re producing a budget. We’re going to be passing a budget. The Senate hasn’t passed a budget for four years. The president has never proposed – ever- to ever balance the budget. That’s wrong,” Ryan lamented.

President Obama has not put forth his own budget yet, missing the legal deadline to do so for the fourth time in five years. Last year, President Barack Obama’s budget received zero votes in the Senate. Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) committed last month to passing a budget this year. If said budget materializes, it would be the first time the Democratic led Senate has passed budget since President Obama took office four years ago.

Even if the Senate passes a budget, however, it would likely get shot down in the House if it includes new, unpaid for government spending, such as President Obama’s State of the Union proposal to federally mandate that every child attend preschool. Obama’s new initiative would dramatically increase the government’s share of education costs and would be a step in the opposite direction of balancing the budget and paying off America’s $16 trillion debt to China.

President Obama has not put forth his own budget yet, missing the legal deadline to do so for the fourth time in five years.

Ryan said the purpose of his budget this year would be to “prevent a debt crisis.” “[W]e want to grow the economy and want to get people going back to work in society, he said, “and if we have a debt crisis, that is bad for our economy today, and let’s never forget we’re robbing from future generations. We’ve got to address that.”

During the interview Ryan also addressed accusations that he’s playing cat and mouse games with his presidential ambitions, saying that articles like the one that recently ran in POLITICO are inaccurate and that he doesn’t “play that game.”

“I literally do not know the answer to these questions about what is the best role for me to play to fix these problems for our country in the future,” Ryan said. “The point is I don’t know the answer because I’m just not putting a great deal of thought into it. I’m not foreclosing any opportunity.”

Ryan also disparaged the “permanent campaign” that has come about in the wake of the last presidential election and President Barack Obama’s continued use of campaign style events to rally support for his second term agenda. Similarly, Obama for America has evolved into a permanent political group that continues push the President’s political agenda through the campaign’s massive email list.

“We need to start thinking about doing our jobs after these elections than thinking about the next election,” Ryan said. “That’s the problem we have in Washington.”

 

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