The Ryan budget -- love it or hate it -- at least recognizes that we can't afford anachronistic financial plans. If we try to, we do exactly what we must not: deplete the programs and leave those most in need without a safety net.
Consumers need protections only when they are turned into consumers. And that is what Congressman Paul Ryan's budget seeks to do for -- or do to, depending on your feelings about medical capitalism -- future Medicare beneficiaries.
America can and should be better than Paul Ryan envisions it. Our nation should be a place where we are our brother's keeper, our sister's keeper. We are not a morally bankrupt nation, and so we must oppose Paul Ryan's proposals.
As I looked at these pictures of the babies being evacuated, I had a depressing thought. What are the financial situations of these babies' parents? Are they poor? Do they have insurance? Are they on Medicaid?
When Paul Ryan sits down to debate Joe Biden this week, he'll have some explaining to do. Why does his budget go after so many programs that have helped to grow and strengthen the middle class, including his own family?
Consider the missing aspect of Romney's famous denunciation of the 47% -- jobs. A careful reading shows that Romney implicitly embraces the myth that the wealthy are rich because they are morally superior to the lazy poor and that the poor are not employed because they are lazy.