The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 13, 2013

Five things we still don’t know about Ryan’s budget

By Ezra Klein

The Washington Post

Paul Ryan’s budget is, in many ways, an extremely detailed document, and it certainly stands in stark contrast to the Senate Democrats, who haven’t released a full budget in years (but who will release one Wednesday). But Ryan’s budget leaves a number of major questions unanswered — questions that could decide whether his budget, if it ever passed, would come anywhere near fulfilling its goals. Here are the five biggest blank spots:





All of which is to say that much of Ryan’s budget boils down to, “trust me,” or at least, “trust the House Republican Conference.” Without the details on tax reform, there’s no way for us to verify that the tax and spending sides of the budget really add up. Without knowing whether he’s got a credible plan for controlling Medicare costs if premium-support fails to deliver the savings he hopes to see, the long-term projections are, similarly, unreliable. Without knowing where the Section 920 spending cuts are coming from, it’s hard to believe they’re real. Ryan often criticizes the Democrats for dodging the “tough choices,” but there are plenty of tough choices that he too is dodging.