Paul Ryan’s lively new budget comes out today, to much fanfare and catcalling. Alas, it is already dead. It died last year when Ryan lost in his bid to become Vice President. But maybe we shouldn’t be so hasty: it’s built on such hypocrisy and so many howlers it stands in its own right as a satirical masterpiece:
TPM — In other words, Ryan and Republican leaders started off opposing the ACA’s Medicare cuts, then turned around and twice passed budgets that kept them, then campaigned against those cuts in the 2012 election, and are now embracing them again.
Ryan also revealed Sunday that his plan to replace Medicare with a limited subsidy for seniors to buy their own insurance won’t affect people currently older than 55. His budget will include the tax hikes from the fiscal cliff, which help him balance federal spending and revenues in 10 years without targeting older Americans with his Medicare plan.
That’s the kind of stuff you expect to see in the Onion (Or mistakenly taken as real and pasted thoughtlessly into conservative edit screens across the nut-o-sphere). If this is the conservatives’ serious wonky budget guy, I’d hate to see their comedy relief.