The archives on websites of think tanks like Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute can provide to any interested party reams of research papers going back 20 years explaining the crisis in these various entitlements programs.
Yet they were ignored by both parties. Newt’s ‘Republican Revolution” was not revolutionary enough to work on reforms of entitlements programs. The inaction, I’m sorry to say, was more an absence of courage than an absence of information. And it’s why the Republican Party steadily went down hill.
Why were Newt and congressional Republicans so bold with reforming welfare but nothing else?
It was relatively easy. It’s much easier to reform a program where the prime beneficiaries are poor black women than a program where the beneficiaries are every working American adult.
Polls showed high support for reforming welfare. But polling shows far less public enthusiasm for Ryan’s Medicare reform.
But public skepticism comes from lack of knowledge. It’s why Paul Ryan is the kind of leader we need today. Someone who is in politics to do something rather than to be somebody. Someone with courage to see the truth, tell it, and help fellow Americans understand it.
The Ryan plan restores freedom, ownership, and personal responsibility to center stage of entitlement reform. Exactly what we need.