Paul Ryan: Can the GOP leader make fiscal responsibility sexy for the iPod generation?
The growing burdens of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Seurity are threatening my generation’s future. But Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s bold plan for entitlement reform leads the way out. Young people just need to follow. As Ryan told me, “It’s their future.”
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It just so happens these same principles won Ron Paul tremendous support from college voters. “Ron’s on to something for sure,” Ryan says. He understands young people don’t like being oppressed. We hate “the man.” Ryan observes that the youth “have an ethos that says ‘we want to be free to live our life the way we want to as long as we don’t infringe on another person’s right to do the same.’ Young people are sort of natural libertarians.”Skip to next paragraph
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Footing the bill for Obama's overspending
Not only are young people being billed for this administration’s programs, many of these policies hurt young people. Obamacare forces us to buy insurance, whether or not we need it or can afford it. The young and healthy are being forced to enter the market to subsidize the old and sick.
The Man is telling us what to do.
Ryan says, “The progressive movement and ideology is a repressive, big-brother movement that drains you of your freedom and liberty, and therefore of your prosperity... The government is taking away your discretion, taking away your choices.”
And taking away our money.
The interest of the debt alone will be $5,800 per taxpayer in 2020. As it gets harder and harder for the government to sell its debt, this cash will increasingly come out of my generation’s paychecks.
Where do we turn?
The problem is, as young people figure this out, they don’t know where to turn. In the last ten years, both parties centralized power and governed with gigantic deficits. Even Ryan, who served during the Bush administration, admitted the “[Republican] leadership was not focused on limited government.”
Under a Republican president, we squandered a balanced budget in favor of No Child Left Behind, two wars, Medicare Part D (the prescription drug benefit for seniors), and the Wall Street bailout – all significant expansions of government.
Ryan proposes to shrink government with real spending cuts and a direct path to balancing the budget, rebuilding trust in the Republican Party. While some of the GOP leadership still cower away from the toughest issues, the Roadmap tackles entitlement reform – the infamous third rail of politics.
Looking at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) numbers, it’s easy to see Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will consume the budget and cause unsustainable deficits, taking away our future financial liberty.
Roadmap offers real change
Sure, many Americans rely on these programs, but the beauty of the Roadmap is that it reforms these programs quickly enough to stop a Greek-style debt crisis, yet gently enough to fulfill the government’s promises to our most vulnerable. The plan maintains the same benefits for those over 55, while stopping the debt from growing to over 100 percent of GDP.
Young people voted to “change” Washington in 2008. The Roadmap can achieve this mission in 2010, but not with the Democratic majority’s vision for reckless over-spending. We need more than good speeches; we need good policy. Ryan’s Roadmap leads the way. Young people just need to follow. As Ryan told me, “It’s their future.”