House GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will give what is being billed as a major address about the politics of division in America, NBC’s Luke Russert reports. It is meant to be interpreted as a kind of GOP response to the campaign-style events that President Obama has been engaged in over the last few weeks.
Ryan is the GOP's strongest policy wonk, but this speech reads more like a story than a math text book. Example: "Well, Warren Buffett gets the same health and retirement benefits from the government as his secretary,” he will say according to prepared remarks shared with NBC. “But our proposals to modestly income-adjust Social Security and Medicare benefits have been met with sheer demagoguery by leading members of the President's party."
A Ryan aide says his intention is to “directly confront President Obama's attempt to divide Americans, and explain why raising hurdles to success and stifling upward mobility is not only bad policy, but also antithetical to our timeless principles; encourage President Obama to take another look at reforms in the House-passed budget to reduce government subsidies for those who are already successful; to join the growing bipartisan consensus on tax reform that is simple, fair and competitive; and to make good on his promise to unite Americans; expose the real class warfare that alienates the American people from their government: a class of bureaucrats and crony capitalists trying to rig the rules, call the shots, and preserve their place atop society; advance a principled, pro-growth alternative to the President's path of debt, doubt, and decline.” And: “Urge conservatives not to shrink from the President's predictable attacks, not to play it safe, but to advance an agenda that helps restore the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation.”