Kevin Glass

Nonetheless, the budget garnered rave reviews from conservatives. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, ex-CBO director and president of the American Action Forum said, "you're going to hear that this represents a gratuitous attack on the aged and the poor. In fact, there's no greater attack than to do nothing."

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, seen as a kindred spirit in the deficit and debt fight on the Right, said "The House budget resolution is the first serious proposal produced by either party to deal with the overriding issue of our time."

While many of the policies are there, the political viability of the Ryan Path is yet to be determined. Speaker of the House John Boehner is fond of pointing out that the GOP only controls one half of one third of the government. With the Democrats solidly holding the Presidency and the Senate, reform as meaningful as Ryan's will have trouble seeing the light of day. What's clear is that the GOP can now credibly tout a reform plan as their own. Whereas a go-to Democrat talking point from 2009-2010 was that the GOP was "the party of No," Democrats will have to step up to the plate to avoid the mirror being turned on themselves.

Kevin Glass

Kevin Glass is Director of Policy and Outreach at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity