House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) federal budget proposal, crowded with unrealistic cuts on critical social programs, is like a scene in a bad The Lord of the Rings sequel. Long, overblown and waiting for a third act—and as unbearably outdated in its outlook on poverty as Gandalf appears in his gray beard. Yet, judging from the media noise, you might come to the conclusion that it’s the only budget proposal there is.
It's not. In fact, one of the smarter budgets to hit the Hill has gotten nary a mention. It’s the Congressional Black Caucus’ Alternative FY2015 Budget Plan (pdf).