The reforms in our budget take a major step toward making these programs more responsive and flexible, and better aligned with today's economic realities. They also make entitlements more sustainable - not by "cutting" them, but by slowing their growth, from the currently-projected 5.2 percent, to a slightly more sustainable 4.3 percent over the next 5 years.
These are the main reasons why this year's budget debate matters. The philosophies of Republicans and Democrats, as spelled out in our respective fiscal plans, could not be more distinct: whether we opt for more government, more taxes, and an ever-growing burden on the Nation's economy; or limited government, more freedom, and a more resilient and robust economy. That is the defining nature of this year's budget debate - and it is the clear choice for our nation's future.
U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan is the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, where he works to bring fiscal discipline and accountability to the federal government.
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