Sunday, March 10, 2013

Ryan Political Art

“We don’t want to refight the fiscal cliff. That’s current law. That’s not going to change,”

"Are you saying, as part of your budget you assume the repeal of ObamaCare?,"  host Chris Wallace asked.

"Yes," said Ryan.

"Well, that's not going to happen," Wallace said.

“We believe it should,” Ryan shot back. “That’s the point. This is what budgeting is all about. It’s about making tough choices to fix our country’s problems. We believe ‘ObamaCare’ is a program that will not work.

“We believe ObamaCare will actually lead to hospitals and doctors and healthcare providers turning people away,” he said.


So here is the Ryan logic:
- it is perfectly right to assume additional $620 Billion revenue which Obama made available by passing the law of Biden-McConnell Agreement;
- but the same legal status does not extent to dully passed ObamaCare which is upheld by the highest court of this land!

What a hypocrisy!

I know that is Politics. The reason Ryan is going so brazenly against ObamaCare is because of Freedom Works and open challenge thrown by Tea Party Members to Republican House Leadership. That challenge is no good and Ryan is trying to cover the 'rear' here.

However all this means for all the talk of President out-reach to GOP; it is unlikely to work. President himself needs to somehow manage the 'good cop bad cop' routine here - ripping Ryan budget on one hand for his totally contradictory interpretations of laws on one hand while continue to talk to more and more GOP members. It is a true assessment that without Ryan President is not going to get anything in the House and no settlement in the Fiscal Wars. After Bush Cut Tax elapse political victory (netting additional revenue) for President Obama; acceptance of sequester by nation has given GOP their victory. It is 1-1 in some sense. But instead of this helping GOP to come to senses, chances of emboldened GOP seem high and Ryan 'non-sense' is the first such sign.

Next week, a concrete Ryan budget and a weaker Senate Dem version will be released. Ryan and GOP will try to turn the debate by showing how they are addressing the deficit by just repealing ObamaCare and few other gimmicks while downplaying how improving Economy helps to reduce the deficit. One attempt will be to present a choice to America - either reduced Deficit or ObamaCare. That will be good Politics with the Tea Party Base which refuses to learn anything new. The way to answer it will be to expose all these 'contradictions' in the Ryan budget - assuming one law while not assuming another one. Though not easy, these contradictions and internal fissures within GOP should be enough for President and Democrats to defeat 'political games' Ryan wants to start. 

America's endless Fiscal Wars refuse to go away.


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