Distributionally, the Ryan plan is a monstrosity. The rich would receive huge tax cuts while the social safety net would be shredded to pay for them. Even as an opening bid to begin budget negotiations with the Democrats, the Ryan plan cannot be taken seriously. It is less of a wish list than a fairy tale utterly disconnected from the real world, backed up by make-believe numbers and unreasonable assumptions. Ryan’s plan isn’t even an act of courage; it’s just pandering to the Tea Party. A real act of courage would have been for him to admit, as all serious budget analysts know, that revenues will have to rise well above 19 percent of GDP to stabilize the debt.
Bruce Bartlett, excommunicated for heresy against party doctrine
That is about right. And as such, Ryan and Boehner ought to take this budget one step further. I think the Brave and Patriotic Tea Partiers deserve an up or down vote on the Ryan plan in the House. They have earned it. To do otherwise is to stab them in the back.