House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) today unveiled his latest budget proposal, which would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democrats were quick to decry cuts to Medicare and other social safety nets, but perhaps Ryan’s most vocal critic was not a Democrat but Sarah Palin, who took Ryan to task in a lengthy Facebook post, which read in part:

The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke. But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so. THIS is the definition of insanity.

The solution is staring us in the face. We need to rein in spending today, and don’t tell me there is nothing to cut when we know every omnibus bill is loaded with pork and kickbacks.

Yea or nay?



  • AwakenNow

    Paul Ryan has shown he is a RINO. He is PRO-Amnesty, PRO-Establishment, and put forth a shameful budget cut.

    • Republicanvet

      I agree. I used to like him, then he went Full RINO after the presidential election.

      …and his advocacy for illegal immigration has been WAY over the top.

      He would not represent average Americans. He would represent DC and the Chamber of Commerce.

      • Perso Nasplit

        if they say the illegal immigrants should get a “provisional” status, or not be allowed to vote for X years the GOP will jump on that deal, because itll look like they dont want to give citizenship immediately, but as soon as that happens, the democrats will jump and say “LOOK! 3/5’S PEOPLE AGAIN! WE TOLD YOU THEY WERE RACISTS AND DISCRIMINATE!”

        Dont fall for it. Secure the border. Deport law breakers. Offer a path to citizenship, but dont roll out the red carpet for low skilled(thats who is coming across the border, not doctors and engineers) workers.

        Also, dont fall for budget balancing in 50 years. Palin is right. If it doesnt balance THIS year, theres nothing holding the next congress, or THIS congress next year.

        • Republicanvet

          If this is passed where the law says they cannot vote for X years after becoming “provisional”, Democrats will let it pass and be implemented.

          5 minutes after a “provisional” cannot vote for local dog catcher, liberals will be running to the nearest friendly judge and have it overturned as unconstitutional…taxation without representation.

          A liberal judge will happily do so.

          The media will attack any Republican as a mean, heartless kitty stomping SOB trying to keep minorities down.

          RINO’s will shrug and say, “we tried, but were thwarted by a judge. The courts have ruled.”

          Liberals and RINO’s live happily ever after.

          Joe Taxpayer will get screwed again.

          • Perso Nasplit

            exactly. Now if only establishment Republicans could actually SEE this, and counter it. But they wont, because they let the dems control the narrative.

          • Republicanvet

            I think it is as simple as both have the same objective…millions of illegals suddenly legal. May be different reasons, but the same goal.

    • Finrod Felagund

      This is the difference between an executive like Sarah, and a creature of Congress like Ryan.

      • A. S. Bland

        Palin is an ‘executive’??? LMAO. Thanks for the laugh!

        • walterc

          Compare her resume’ to Obama, Biden, Holder, Reid, Pelosi heck just about all of them. She’s actually run business, and a state. What has Obama ran other than for public office?

          • Zathras11 @B5

            His mouth. Making promises he never intended to keep.

          • walterc

            Well you got me there.

    • Adam Wood

      Actually, I would say that he’s not so much a RINO as he is a caver.

      He has the right idea (unlike RINOs who gave up principles long ago), but he’s gotten too busy playing politics to bother standing up to the establishment and the media. He will undoubtedly become a RINO, but at the moment he is actually RINO pupae: not quite a fully-developed John McCain, but he’s left his Ted Cruz stage.

      • FreedomRecon

        Agree. He’s too busy trying to find the “compromise” when that’s exactly why we are in this mess.

        • Adam Wood

          Yep. “Compromise” has come to mean “would you rather be shot with .223 bullets or 5.56mm?” It’s a worthless distinction with the Left in DC these days.

          Once upon a time not all that long ago (like five years), there was a distinction, but the media has broken their collective cranks harping for The Messiah The days of genuine distinction like Goldwater vs. Johnson virtually don’t exist any more.

          And the really odd thing is that the country is far more divisive now, in the so-called “post-racial” era, than it was when there were regular race riots all across the country back in those heady, wonderful days of the 1960’s.

          Bizarre, frankly.

          • FreedomRecon

            LOL good analogy. And very true. All these bills, start as a bill for X, and end up including G-W too. And if there is something in G-W, one party or the other says you didn’t like X and you’re a terrible person! Vote on 1 thing, and let the votes fall where they fall. That will cut out a lot of spending.

      • Ben Bollman

        I’d say pushing for amnesty has vaulted him over well into RINO territory.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        Methinks there’s a “Sword of Damocleas” hanging over the head of Ryan, and other GOPE’ers and RINOS… And guess who has the sharp implement ready to cut the thread?… Jawamax 8<{D}

    • thetreyman

      Ken Gardner, what an establishment hack. no wonder Nick Searcy battled with this RINO sucker.

      P.S. does Twitchy realize this tool, Ken, is a Palin hater.

      • Ben Bollman

        That’s what I was thinking too. Ken Gardner wasn’t giving Palin a compliment by comparing her to Nickelback.

    • A. S. Bland

      And you’ve just shown yourself incapable of critical thought.

  • carmenta

    Time to clear out ALL the dead-wood…RINOs are as invested in the status quo as Dims, and nothing will change unless they are ALL out!! We need Independent thinkers, people who are not beholden to ANY special interests groups, real patriots who care more about saving the nation, than saving their own bacon!

  • V the K

    We also know how this Kabuki Theater will end; with Ryan and the rest of the useless GOP agreeing to spend more money and pretending to be unhappy about it.

    • Aitch748

      And next year’s budget deal will be the same thing — spend X trillion dollars one year, and pay for it with (theoretical) tax cuts over the next ten years. We’re sick of this BS.

      Claiming that Palin criticizing this BS is like Nickelback criticizing Beethoven is stupid and ludicrous — particularly now that it really does look like Sarah Palin understands the big picture a lot better than this so-called economic wonk genius Paul Ryan.

      • FreedomRecon

        Why DOES it take 10 years to make any cutbacks? Do people budget their personal finances like that? No one I know does. And they never cut them, so why put that in there? Sick of it.

        • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

          By law, the budget is only supposed to have the submitted budget year and 4 fiscal years out. Obama’s minions have been going out 10 years to hide the effects of their enormous 3X spending spree.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Wow! For even Sarah Palin to say that.

    • descolada9

      Mark Levin was even more scathing tonight on the opening of his show.

  • AlecJ

    Paul Ryan is just another underwhelming politician. They say he is super duper smarty pants, but ive yet to be blown away by his big ideas. He doesnt talk like an economics expert, he talks like a beltway elitist. Using political speak in place of understandable terms doesnt make you a wonk, it makes you part of the problem.

    Ryan probably had the best intentions when he went to Washington, but i think he liked being there a bit too much. Now he thinks like a bureaucrat and a politician.

    You wanna cut the budget. Get rid of the Dept of Education, and the Dept. of Energy. Then cut 2 more when thats done.

    Its time to fix the mess the evil statists have made over the last 100 years. Its not happening by just cutting the deficit to GW Bush levels. Its not happening while the government is running health care.

    Its time to battle for this country or we send our children into tyranny.

    Big Ideas. Fight Hard. No More Excuses.

    • Adam Wood

      Ryan is in the process of developing a scorching case of Beltwayitis.

    • PNWShan

      Shrink the EPA. Next to Obamacare, it’s the biggest destroyer of our economy.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        Shut down the EPA, Education Department, and the ARS-er, IRS COMPLETELY!Reduce (DRASTICALLY!) The Beurocracy at HHS, The Pentagon, and other agencies, so those in need can get more, without the Middlemen! And, TERM LIMITS for the HOUSE AND SENATE!! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Steve__Jacobson

    So Sarah Paliln critcizing Paul Ryan is like Nickleback criticizing Beethoven? Well, Beethoven wanted to cut the cost of living raises for retired military (the only cut) and his other cuts take place in the future over 10 years which is as good as no cuts since a Congress can’t obligate future Congresses. So, I’d say in this instance Beethooven is more like Mrs. Miller.

    • V the K

      Beethoven was slightly less tone-deaf than the House GOP Leadership.

    • TugboatPhil

      Beethoven also spent more to keep the public away from national monuments than it would have cost to keep them open.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Paul Ryan is St Augustine here– “Lord, make me fiscally conservative– but not now.”

    Supposedly the Obama Administration is figuring they had better make Obamacare, unpleasant and as unpalatable as it is, such a fait accompli by the time the next President comes in, that trying to unwind it would be so much trouble that it would be better to keep it in some sort of diminished form than to do away with it altogether at greater cost. Perhaps Ryan thinks he’s doing the same sort of thing– set the budget in such a way, that to alter the taxing and spending later on potentially kills the economy and throws everything so out of whack that it’s just easier to keep things as is. No President likes a bad economy during their term, right?

    The main question is, when do you ever pay down the debt? You’d think common sense would say, when the economy is good and the government is taking in a lot more of tax revenue, and spending less of it, relatively to what they do in a bad economy. But as long as you have a Democratic president and Senile Harry, there is no confidence for business to invest long-term in anything, since the economy remains always precarious with those economic morons in place.

    There are plenty of other good reasons not to like Ryan. But I’m not sure this one leads any parade of horribles.

  • JeffWRidge

    The path the country is on is unsustainable. Congress need to make massive cuts in spending and they need to make them immediately. What makes anyone think that any nation can continue deficit spending at the current rate without destroying our economy and future is insane.

  • Palin ECoalition

    @kesgardner forgets that Governor Palin managed a State budget. See the Budgeting and Spending section here:

    • thetreyman

      he’s an establishment hack. Nick Searcy and him butted heads a while back on twitter. now i know why. he’s a tool.

  • DG

    Sarah figured out how to cut the Alaskan budget in a fiscally responsible way. Many in Washington who are supposed to be on the side of Conservatives could learn a thing or two from her.

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  • blueniner

    Paul Ryan is a RINO Big Government Establishment type!

  • WhoDat

    That swipe at Sarah at the end, priceless.

    • TugboatPhil

      Right. No one has ever made fun of her before. I never saw it coming.

  • DG

    “Ken Gardner @kesgardnerFollow
    Sarah Palin criticized Paul Ryan on budget issues. That’s like members of Nickelback criticizing Beethoven on music.
    8:07 PM – 1 Apr 2014”

    It’s more like Mozart criticizing Salieri.

    Which one is more fondly remembered and studied by musicians?

    Oh, right. That would be Mozart.

    • chkm8te

      Which one is actually in a position to pass the budget? Is considered one of the top GOP candidates for the 2016 ticket?

      Now that you’ve answered those questions, which one is a narcissistic reality TV show diva that was ordered to pay back almost $380,000 in illegal contributions to the slush fund she operated as governor?

      Hope that clears things up.

      • JubaDoobai!

        Stop confusing Palin with the Clintons and Obamas, and the other hack Democrats. At least Palin knows how to budget and save her state money. You’re just pissed cuz she calls out your bathhouse Barry on a regular basis.

  • Lidsamy

    that’s gonna leave a mark. The thing is, I agree with Ken and @coolchange80

    • thetreyman

      good, you agree with a tool. hack away Lidsamy.

  • Ailsa Nordstrom

    At least he came up with SOMETHING. It’s better than nothing, which is what the Democrats have given us in the way of budgets.

    • PNWShan

      I heard Ben Shapiro saying today that he shouldn’t have come up with anything specific. Why? Because anything he writes down is just handing a baseball bat to the Left to beat us up with. His advice: specifics after the election and after you get a majority, not before.

      • chkm8te

        We’ve seen that game and we’re on to it.

        Now we’d like a GOP that’s not afraid to stand up and say “Here’s ‘The Plan.’ Here’s what makes us different.”

        • soxfan4evah

          Or they could just give vague rhetoric and lie their butts off, has worked for the Democrats since 2008

        • Jeffrey Rogers

          We would also like Obama and the Dems to quit lying and ignoring subpenas,

      • Ailsa Nordstrom

        I wish everyone would grow up, face reality, and understand that difficult spending cuts need to happen. This country is in hock to the hilt but Democrats (and many Republicans) keep spending like we have a surplus. I’ve not been happy with Ryan’s positions on things like immigration reform and his budget doesn’t address the problem fast enough but it is at LEAST a step in the right direction.

    • JubaDoobai!

      So, something bad beats nothing? If you’re goring to do something, do it well else don’t bother.

  • Exodus2011

    Here is the problem America …. think about where this is leading …

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    I don’t hate her, but I couldn’t care less about her. There’s plethora of better and more insightful political commentators out there, I don’t even know what she even does post-governor besides taking money from her followers. Why is she getting paid an insane amount of money just for giving speeches?

    • JubaDoobai!

      Were you the guy who was griping about how much money Bill Clinton made giving speeches, based on the GOP reforms –cuz he certainly couldn’t make them based on his massive tax increases, could he?

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      Why does it matter to you how much she makes?

    • kateorjane

      Apparently there are people who want to hear her. Unlike the WH’s actions, no one is forcing you to attend her talks or give her money.

  • JubaDoobai!

    Palin managed Alaska’s budget very nicely. I think she would know more about practical budget cutting than Ryan. The moron with the Nickelback comment, the one who thinks he’s being cute, doesn’t understand the difference between an executive shaping a budget and a theoretician doing the same. It’s not Palin who is the theoretician.

  • lillymckim

    Time for new blood.
    I’m sorry all they want is to continue to maintain the spending and manage the massive failure called ObamaCare managing the mess they have help to create. By lack of action.
    The status quo has to go. No longer voting for who the GOP picks “for us”. Stale views stale ideas.
    When the GOP invests & pushes Amnesty they are destroying us for cheap labor.
    They have a vested interest in maintaining the Status Quo and it’s their pockets not We The People.
    It’s time.
    It’s time to take back the Republican Party.

  • alanstorm

    Perhaps Ken Gardner can point out any errors in her analysis of Ryan’s budget.

    Where did all these crickets come from?

    • Ghee!

      According to his timeline, we just don’t ‘get’ it. Or something.

      His Nickleback/Beethoven reference is awash in nuance.

      • alanstorm

        in nuance…or something a little more slippery.

  • Electradivine

    When you got both sides mad at you, especially the extreme wings of each party foaming at the mouth, you’re probably doing the right thing….

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      Probably not.

    • Ghee!

      Did you even read what Sarah wrote?

      • journogal

        No…the poster is reactive and hates everyone on the right. Doesn’t want to open their eyes to anything.

    • alanstorm

      “probably” is not “certainly”.

      Not in this case, anyway. She is correct. This game of kick-the-can has to stop. Will it be painful? Yes. Will the inevitable crash if it’s not done hurt worse? Yes.

      A budget that reels in spending in future years is a joke, since the future Congress is not bound by this one’s actions.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    But, but, but…Ryan said on FOX and Friends that his budget “Would balance out, cut spending, reduce deficits, and create jobs..” Kind of like KING FINK 0BMA’S Non-Budgets over the last five years… If I were in his shoes (and thank GOD I’m not), I would start with 0BAMASCAMSCARE, The ARS-er, IRS, and Presidential “Vacation Money” for starters… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    As long as the political left can buy votes with entitlement spending & pay for these votes with promises to pay in the future; the system will continue towards the cliff.

  • Saito Sama

    Their all “POLITICANS” and as such Professional Liars. Their in it for themselves and don’t ever forget it. Only thing worse is a Lawyer and Politician. The few good lawyers don’t make up for the rest..

  • DocBarry1

    I totally agree with Governor Palin!

  • John_Frank

    The US dollar is the world’s reserve currency.

    The Federal Reserve has printed huge amounts of money to fund the Federal deficit. Our national debt is in excess of 17.5 trillion dollars. Our unfunded liabilities is in excess of 90 trillion dollars.

    Out of concern over our refusal to get the situation under control, more and more countries are calling for an end to reliance on the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. In that regard, China is moving as quickly possible to end the use of the US dollar in conducting trade.

    By refusing to take immediate action to balance the budget, what is the Chair of the House Budget Committee telling other countries?

    Turning to the situation domestically, on the current path, the total national debt will exceed 20 trillion dollars by the end of Obama’s second term. Presuming an interest rate of 5%, the annual interest bill will be 1 trillion dollars.

    Unless we reverse course now, we are on a path to default.

    FYI, here is the link to the full FB post by Palin:

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  • Ozstickman

    Sarah Palin has run a city and a state, and stood up to big oil and cronyism in her home state. Ryan is a creature of the DC culture of committee chairmanships equated to power and political favors. The only positive thing that can be said about Ryan’s budget is that it is better than Obama’s budget. It’s not about cutting the rate of increase in federal spending and calling it a cut, but about as Palin says cutting spending now and reducing the intrusion and influence of government in our lives. And not just in DC, but at state and local government levels as well. In addition to reducing budget spending, addressing the level of unfunded liabilities at all levels of government is a priority as well … unfunded liabilities are in excess of $100 trillion today. Make sure R politicians grow some nuts and fix spending now.

  • RUexperienced

    The credit goes to the man in the arena…

    • Maryland_Malcontent

      …I’ll never understand how the advocate of “living the strenuous life” became a raging progressive who wanted government to hold everyone’s hand and give equality of outcome.

      How did a man who was such an avid boxer that he went blind in a bout when he insisted that his opponents not hold back and gave a speech after being shot become a raging liberal? I guess I could look at how action movie stars became anti-gunners to try and find an explanation…

    • gary4205

      Sorry troll, but as always, Palin is right. Ryan is a loser, period.

  • A. S. Bland

    Ken +1 …

    Twitchy comment threads never cease to disappoint on the RINO and Establishment herrings. Then there are the few individuals who have a fetish for charisma and pizzazz!

    Paul Ryan isn’t plotting a histrionic Beer Hall Putsch, he’s running numbers and calculating political ramifications. This strikes me as intentional rather than reckless (e.g. leaving your position as governor to run with a ‘RINO’, etc.)

    • gary4205

      Idiot, Ryan’s budget IS a joke It GROWS spending by insane amounts. This is why America is failing.

      And, moron, Palin didn’t quit being governor to run for Vice President. She was the most popular Governor in the country, over 90% job approval, then came back home and was attacked by not only McCain’s crapweasel campaign people, but Obama’s hand picked thugs in Alaska, who filed dozens of bogus “ethics complaints” exploiting a loophole in Alaska law that left the state’s CEO unprotected from this sort of political jihad. [The law was fixed after Palin left office] Obama’s thugs cost the Alaskan people MILLIONS with their antics. Palin resigned to stop Obama’s attack on Alaska.

  • walterc

    Only in DC can you cut the increase in spending from 5.3% to 3.5% and call it a reduction in spending. If you project 1T plus deficits per year over the next ten years at current spending, and cut 5T over that same ten years, you are still increasing the debt by 5T. How is that a cut?

  • Zathras11 @B5

    And just how is that an “Ouch.”, Twitchy? Is Palin known for excessive out of control spending? I think not.

  • Nate Stakely

    You guys will find out that thier is somthing “hidden” about Ryan not to mention that whole cut military benifits crap. Look elsewhere my compatriots.

  • gary4205

    Ken Gardener is a well known liberal “Republican” A typical Romney Republican They HATE Conservatives like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.

  • ExVariable

    Not even $17 trillion in debt could stop the US government from wasting $27 million of borrowed money on 3rd world art projects in 2012.