I’m looking at this not from the perspective of “hey, that’s an awesome VP pick,” because that, he ain’t. However…the hope here is that every other reprehensitive is looking at him and saying, “hey, he’s proposing ‘radical’ budget cuts” [Ed: *snort*] “and he got a promotion. Maybe it *is* safe to make cuts.”
Ryan’s plan is a joke in that it *still* increases spending every year until, what, 2030? Adding to the national debt every year, of course. And only then are we able to start really paying down the debt which might be paid off sometime near the year 2100.
What’s amazing is that he’s considered “extreme” for not even cutting the budget, or even balancing it for another 20+ years. It’s got a long way to go before it becomes a plan that *really* cuts the budget, but at least it’s a plan that’s slightly riding the brakes before sending us over the cliff.
What’s going to have to happen is for, over the next several election cycles, the GOP leadership has to be taken over by tea party aligned candidates who will actually consider *crushing* their political opponents instead of working with them. And SLAM on the brakes. If that can happen before we reach that cliff.
Do I have hope? Some. Am I optimistic? I’m still prepping is all I can say, for what that tells you. Something tells me that the master cylinder has blown and brake fluid is spewing all over the place.
As for fiscal conservatism…it’s all relative. Romney/Ryan is leagues better than the alternative. Elections are about least-worst outcomes. If you ever think a vote for a politician will help you “win”, you have already lost.