Are you confused as to how the Republican budget proposes to cut $770 billion out of Medicare in the next 10 years without impacting any benefits? Then your judgment has obviously been skewed by years and years of reality, because according to former vice-presidential candidate but eternal optimist Paul Ryan (R-WI), the GOP budget numbers make perfect sense if one simply starts with a set of wildly implausible premises.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday with an incredulous Chris Wallace, Ryan explained:
WALLACE: Are you saying that as part of your budget … you assume the repeal of Obamacare?
WALLACE: Well, that’s not going to happen.
RYAN: Well, we believe it should…
In other words, the Republican budget only makes sense if one assumes: (a.) Republicans will be able to repeal Obamacare even though they already tried and failed to do so previously and the Democrats actually gained seats in both the House and Senate during the 2012 election; and (b.) the repeal of Obamacare would be beneficial to the budget, even though the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that a repeal would cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2013–2022 period.
Politics can be a pretty cynical business, so we have to say, it’s refreshing to see a little optimism around Washington.