The Washington Times - April 13, 2011, 04:55PM

Congressman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and architect of the GOP budget proposal, responded to President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday afternoon and called it a “political broadside from our campaigner-in-chief.” He continued, “Now he wants to delegate leadership, yet again, to a new commission?” 


“Now he wants to delegate leadership yet again to a new commission. How are we to expect different results? And the measurement of success of this new commission is lower than the measurement of success than the last commission that ended a few months ago. We need leadership,” said the Wisconsin Republican.

According to NBC News White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie, “By our count, POTUS spent 7 mins on specifics of his deficit plan and 6 mins attacking the plan put forth by Paul Ryan.”  Mr. Ryan was well aware of the political attacks on his budget plan as well.  

“We don’t need a doubling down of the politics of the past. This is very sad and very unfortunate. Rather than building bridges he is poisoning wells. By failing seriously to confront the most predictably economic crisis in our nation’s history, the president’s policies are committing us and our children to a diminished future,” Representative Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill. “We are looking for bipartisan solutions not partisan rhetoric. When the president is ready to get serious about it, we are going to be here working. Exploiting people’s emotions of fear, envy, and anxiety is not hope. It’s not change. It’s partisanship. We don’t need partisanship. We don’t need demagoguery. We need solutions.”

Noting that President Obama is only looking towards being re-elected in 2012, Mr. Ryan closed his remarks with these final statements:

“And we don’t need to keep punting to other people to make tough decisions. If we don’t make tough decisions today, our children will have to make much, much tougher decisions tomorrow. So I am sincerely disappointed that the president had a moment when we were putting ideas on the table to try and engage in a thoughtful dialogue to try and fix this country’s fiscal and economic problems decides to pour on the campaign rhetoric, launch his re-election, and pass partisan broadsides against us and making it that much harder for the two parties to come together with mutual respect of one another to get things done.”