Spending Themes to Prevail in Ryan’s Rebuttal

Posted January 25, 2011 at 6:45pm

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan will step onto the national stage Tuesday night by challenging Democrats’ economic record and warning that the country “is approaching a tipping point.”

“We are at a moment where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century,” the Wisconsin Republican will say, according to prepared remarks. Ryan will deliver his party’s rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The Budget chairman will highlight the GOP’s attempts to cut spending and repeal the health care overhaul law, and he will acknowledge the work facing both parties to bolster the country’s economy. He will also issue a call for civility in Washington.

“Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified, especially when it comes to spending,” Ryan plans to say. “We owe you a better choice and a different vision. Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you — to show you how we intend to do things differently, how we will cut spending to get the debt down, help create jobs and prosperity, and reform government programs.”

Ryan will also criticize Obama for increasing domestic spending and for the continued high unemployment rate.

“All of this new government spending was sold as ‘investment,’” Ryan plans to say, employing one of Obama’s terms. “Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9 percent and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.”

The Republican will call for continued spending cuts ahead of the upcoming debate over the debt limit increase, and he will issue a plea for limited government.

Ryan’s speech will follow Obama’s remarks to a joint session of Congress. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will deliver her own reaction to the State of the Union on the website of the Tea Party Express.