Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) received some more national media attention this week when Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and Fox News commentator, suggested the Republican Party should adopt Ryan’s Road Map for America’s Future as its “basic ideological blueprint.”
By doing so, the GOP would position itself to win by a landslide in the mid-term election in November, followed by a victory in the presidential election of 2012, Barnes predicted.
“For sure, that’s a lot of weight for a policy statement drafted by a 40-year-old House member to bear. But the Road Map is perfectly timed to deal with the crises of the moment: economic stagnation, uncontrolled spending, the deficit and long-term debt, soaring tax rates, health care, the housing problem, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid,” Barnes wrote. “Yet Republican leaders are wary of endorsing it, and for understandable reasons. The Road Map is sweeping and politically risky. It would overhaul popular programs like Medicare, relying on individuals to make decisions now made by government. Democrats are already attacking it. “
Ryan told Barnes, “What’s the point of winning an election if you don’t have a mandate?”
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– BizTimes Milwaukee