Friday, August 17, 2012

Matt Miller, of the Washington...

...Post, is someone you should listen to very carefully on the subject of Paul Ryan. (Paul Krugman is another.) Why? Because, according to his Web site, Miller (my emphasis): 

...served as a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1995, where his duties including managing the staff work for presidential decision making on the budget, and leading management studies both for OMB and the White House. 

In other words, this guy isn't just another Washington journalist who reports on the "he said, she said" of the presidential campaign. Miller, like Krugman, has actually worked on budgets in a previous administration and therefore knows from whence he speaks. 

And that's why Miller's column in the Post this morning should be required reading for anyone who still thinks Congressman Ryan is "serious." Miller writes about Ryan's interview with Brit Hume of Fox, which you can watch here (my emphasis):’s impossible to overstate how central the unjustified label of “fiscal conservative” is to the Ryan brand and the GOP’s strategy. 

...Democrats can’t afford to let Ryan/Romney’s phony image as superior fiscal stewards survive. And Hume’s interview shows how swiftly this charade can be exposed if Democrats and the press zero in on simple questions like Hume’s. If the press is primed to cover this more intelligently, such queries will also expose the big Republican lie — the idea that you can balance the budget as the baby boomers age without taxes rising. 

Paul Ryan is a fraud. So far, only Miller and Krugman are saying this. But I think it will be clear to everyone by November 6.

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