Naturally, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice President, is the left’s latest target. They’ve hit him before, with terms like “extremist,” “radical,” and “raving mad right-winger” — mainly for his landmark budget proposal in the House. They said he wants to throw grandma off a 1,000-foot cliff.
Interesting, though, because Obama himself once touted Mr. Ryan’s budget plan as “an entirely legitimate proposal.”
And I don’t ever remember hearing the media report that Obama thinks throwing grandma under the bus is a legitimate solution for reforming entitlements.
“I think Paul [Ryan], for example, the head of the Budget Committee, has looked at the budget and has made a serious proposal. I’ve read it. I can tell you what’s in it. And there’s some ideas in there that I would agree with but there are some ideas we should have a healthy debate about because I don’t agree with them,” Obama said in 2010. “I just want to point out that I’ve read it, and the basic idea would be that, at some point, we hold Medicare cost per recipient constant as a way of making sure that that doesn’t go way out of whack, and I’m sure there are some details.”
Ryan proceeded to clarify his plan, pointing out that Medicare is a $38 trillion unfunded liability. Obama responded, “As I said before, this is an entirely legitimate proposal.”