Budget Control Act of 2011

Alternative Fact of the Week: Paul Ryan, proud deficit hawk

Alternative Fact of the Week: Paul Ryan, proud deficit hawk

For much of his political career, Rep. Paul Ryan has been the Republican Party’s chief noodge for “responsible” federal spending. He has been the youthful but wonk-y spokesman for the core ideal of balanced budgets and smaller government. Certainly, during Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House and whether serving as a budget committee chairman or as the vice presidential nominee on the Mitt Romney ticket in 2012 or as speaker, Mr. Ryan was for paying down the federal government’s bills — whether it meant slashing entitlement programs or repealing the Affordable Care Act. (Or, ideally in his Ayn Randian mind, both.) He even backed sequester spending limits (before the 2011 measure’s...

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