Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Time to Choose

Paul Ryan on The GOP Budget and America's Future:

It is rare in American politics to arrive at a moment in which the debate revolves around the fundamental nature of American democracy and the social contract. But that is where we are. And no two documents illustrate this choice of two futures better than the president's budget and the one put forward by House Republicans.

The president's budget gives more power to unelected bureaucrats, takes more from hard-working taxpayers to fuel the expansion of government, and commits our nation to a future of debt and decline.

The contrast with our budget couldn't be clearer: We put our trust in citizens, not government. Our budget returns power to individuals, families and communities. It draws inspiration from the Founders' belief that all people are born with an unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. Protecting this right means trusting citizens, not nameless government officials, to decide what is in their best interests and make the right choice about our nation's future.

One thing that Mitt Romney could do to help to excite interest among conservatives for his campaign against President Obama (yes, I’ve accepted that it’s inevitable) is to name Paul Ryan as his running mate. I'm not sure if Mr. Ryan is interested in hitching his wagon to Romney, but if he would accept the role I can't imagine a better voice than his to stump around the country explaining the nature of the choice that America faces. If not, then we’ll continue to prepare for the Ryan in 2016 campaign.