It’s Not Enough To Just Balance the Budget

It’s Not Enough To Just Balance the Budget

Paul Ryan isn’t a deficit hawk.  And that’s a good thing.  In a column for the Wall Street Journal, James Taranto explains the difference: a deficit hawk is someone who is concerned merely about balancing the books – in other words, pay for high spending and massive entitlement programs with higher taxes.  Republicans are then reduced to being “tax collectors for the welfare state.”

Instead, Ryan is a small-government conservative, as exemplified by the following statement: “None of us have to settle for … a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next … a country where everything is free but us.”

Of course, it’s a lot easier to cut taxes than to cut spending.  Future leaders will have to make it clear to the American people that they can’t have something for nothing.  This will take backbone and a more adult approach than what we have been accustomed to in politics.

For more on what Taranto describes as the revival of small-government conservatism, read Taranto’s article at the Wall Street Journal website.

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