President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, immediately sent an email out to supporters calling Ryan the “author of a budget so radical the New York Times called it ‘the most extreme budget plan passed by a House of Congress in modern times.’”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said “Paul Ryan’s radical budget would … end Medicare as we know it.”
Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, called Ryan “a right-wing extremist.”
A Google search of “Ryan radical” turns up more than 91,000 hits over just the past three days.
Obama himself blasted Ryan’s budget plan last spring, calling it “thinly veiled social Darwinism” and “an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country.”
But Ryan’s budget plan is far from radical.
His proposed spending and revenue levels are above historic averages. His Medicare reform has strong bipartisan support. His tax reform plan is similar to one proposed by Obama’s own bipartisan debt reduction commission.