Sheldon Richman on Paul Ryan’s Big Government Conservatism

Paul Ryan may be the conservative’s conservative, writes Sheldon Richman, but understand what that means: He’s out to save the welfare/warfare state from its own intrinsic unsustainability. He’s no small-government man. Indeed, Ryan’s budget blueprint, at best, wouldn’t balance the budget for three decades and meanwhile would add trillions in debt. He would only slow President Obama’s planned spending increases. And there’s more to Ryan than his budget. In virtually all other respects, Richman explains, Ryan supports big government.


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