The New York Times published an op-ed today penned by U.S. Rep. Paul C. Broun, M.D. (R-Ga) “Paul Ryan’s Ax Isn’t Sharp Enough,” in which the Tea Party Republican criticized Rep. Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) “Path to Prosperity” budget plan, pointing out that it is almost identical to President Barack Obama’s proposal and that it “fails to seriously address runaway government spending.”
Broun, who currently represents Georgia’s 10th congressional district and is a 2014 GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, pointed out in his NYT article that Ryan’s plan increases government spending by just over one percent less than President Obama’s plan, with a monetary difference of just five trillion.
According to the Georgia lawmaker, this kind of “path” will never lead to prosperity and certainly does nothing to curb the growing budget deficits.
Broun further slammed the Republican Party, which he believes is contributing to the out of control spending just “not as much as the other guy.”
“Just reducing growth in spending does almost nothing. We have to dig deeper and make profound cuts now (…),” said Broun. “We ought to get rid of certain federal departments and agencies, stopping only to shift the role of governing back to the states, where it belongs.”
Broun specifically singled out the Energy and Education Departments as examples of “two bloated bureaucracies that we don’t need.”
Additionally, Broun, a former family doctor, repeated his call to repeal President Obama’s health care law - “Obamacare,” and shift health care management and cost responsibilities back to doctors, patients and local organizations and businesses, as he outlined in his “Patient Option Act” introduced in 2012.
Broun concluded with a reminder that a balanced budget amendment, which would force the government to only spend what it takes in, while difficult to pass, is definitely the right way to go.
“Rather than nibbling around the edges as the Ryan proposal does, we must do all of this and much more now,” said the Georgia Congressman. “There is a “Path to Prosperity,” but Mr. Ryan’s budget isn’t it. The only way to protect our nation’s financial future as well as our citizens’ liberty is to stop the outrageous spending in Washington and permanently reduce the size of our overreaching federal government.”
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