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.
If Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan isn’t the next Republican Speaker of the House, the GOP will have made a grave error. His budget plans may be too bold to pass anytime soon, but fiscal responsibility will one day return to the GOP. I’d prefer to see Ryan at the vanguard of such maturation.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)