By Simon Johnson
…The budget ideas of Mr. Romney and the other Republican presidential candidates in the primaries mostly focused on proposals to cut taxes. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget assessed Mr. Romney’s specific ideas as likely to increase national debt to close to 100 percent of gross domestic product by 2021, using net federal debt held by the private sector, which is currently around 75 percent of G.D.P…
Mr. Ryan is different. Rather than just wanting to cut taxes, he definitely and very specifically wants to reduce government spending. Mr. Ryan’s proposals are phased in – and in some versions debt would increase a great deal before it stabilizes. The difference between his approach and Mr. Romney’s is fundamental and clear: Mr. Ryan tells you what he would cut.
His Medicare proposals have received the most attention… this Medicare proposal, part of Mr. Ryan’s 2011 budget, was scored by the C.B.O. at Mr. Ryan’s request.
Mr. Ryan must have been surprised and disappointed when the C.B.O. determined that changing Medicare in this fashion would actually increase total health-care costs (as a percentage of the economy).
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