Erskine Bowles Over Democrats’ Ryan Attacks
While the shift of focus from Mitt Romney and his cancer-inducing capitalism to Paul Ryan’s “Mediscare” genocide has been swift and vicious, a respected voice from the left has been noted this week for touting the Ryan Plan as anything but the insidious caricature the left claims it to be.
A clip of democrat Erskine Bowles, former Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton, has been circulating as a counter-argument to the scare tactics of the left and the mainstream media. In the clip, taken from a 2011 gathering at the University of North Carolina, Bowles offers unabashed praise of the newly pegged candidate for vice president.
Rumored to be on the short list of replacements for Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary and co-chairman of Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, where he worked with Ryan in 2010, Bowles highlights Paul Ryan as someone who “is amazing…(arithmetically) this guy can run circles around me…he is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere.” The praise doesn’t stop with Paul Ryan as a person. Instead he proceeds to gush about the budget plan Congressman Ryan offered up following his refusal to support the commission report, feeling it fell short in many areas. “The budget he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan,” claims Bowles, “it is a sensible, straightforward, honest, serious budget.”
Former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), who served as co-chair with Bowles on the fiscal commission, echoed the praise of Bowles this week as he heard of Romney’s selection for VP. “He’s got guts. Real guts,” said Simpson. “Because of that, they’ll savage him. But he’s tough. He can take it.”
What may be most telling about Bowles’ statement, however, aren’t his comments on Ryan’s plan but his thoughts about the budget President Obama brought before Congress. “I don’t think anybody took that budget seriously,” he said, “Senate voted against it 97 to nothing.” Bowles may have taken offense to the fact that the president ignored nearly every recommendation of his own fiscal commission while drafting the budget, but failing to draw support from even a single Senator is pretty telling.
Mitt Romney made a calculated judgment by selecting Ryan as a running mate and bringing the Congressman’s controversial budget to the forefront of the national conversation. Clearly, as the public learns the nature of Paul Ryan and what his plan really means for America, the discussion will lead to a serious and direct comparison between Obama’s vision of complacency and hope as we head towards bankruptcy, versus the Romney/Ryan plan of proactive, courageous reform to restore America.