The Washington Times - April 2, 2009, 09:43AM

It’s the GOP blueprint take two. With the devil is supposedly in the details and Democrats declaring swift passage of President Barack Obama‘s multi-trillion dollar budget, congressional Republicans have come to the rescue - again. Outlining, in detail this time, their budget “Blueprint for America,” or “Path to American Prosperity,”if you prefer.

It again chides the president for “spending too much, taxing too much and borrowing too much,” but now has charts. Many, many charts - showing just what the problem is and how Republicans plan to fix it. Still, it’s a message that’s getting lost, not surprisingly, among tone deaf Democrats.

To their credit, Republicans promised not to be just the party of “no” but now run the risk of being the party of no pull, no power, no persuasion. They bumbled their way through the first version of an alternative budget that Congressman Paul Ryan now says was a “mistake” or just a “plan,” not the real budget. This is the real budget, he insists. Frankly, the president’s outrageous bankrupting spending request shouldn’t have taken Republicans by surprise or had them fumbling to unveil their own plan, in the first place. 

While simply pointing out everything wrong with the president’s budget, Republicans, who now actually have a decent plan, are still struggling to fully articulate how they can make it right. Though it’s not completely their fault, after all Democrats declared from the start that the GOP plan was dead on arrival. I would venture to say at this point it’s barely on life support. All conservatives can hope for now is some Blue Dog resuscitation with a filibuster paddle.

President Obama dumped his budget down on lawmakers before ditching D.C. for Europe to let his henchmen do all the haggling. Sure there has been some whittling down no thanks to a few moderate Democrats, but not nearly enough to chip away at the deficit, reign in out of control spending or offer real tax relief for all Americans. No matter, the unprecedented $36 trillion budget will most assuredly pass virtually in tact with, once again, no bipartisan consensus. And that’s a shame, because the American people deserve better.

Tara Wall is editor of