Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, April 8

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Here are excerpts from today’s most notable opinion and editorial columns.

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THE RYAN JOURNEY
BY DAVID BROOKS
NEW YORK TIMES

Ryan has moved us off Unreality Island. He is forcing Americans to confront the implications of their choices. With a few straightforward changes, his budget could be transformed into a politically plausible center-right package that would produce a fiscally sustainable welfare state while addressing the country’s structural economic problems. I suspect the process Ryan has started will take us back toward the moderate framework the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission proposed a year ago. Great journeys begin with one bold step.

 

LUDICROUS AND CRUEL
BY PAUL KRUGMAN
NEW YORK TIMES

And by repealing last year’s health reform, without any replacement, the plan would also deprive an estimated 34 million nonelderly Americans of health insurance. So the pundits who praised this proposal when it was released were punked. The G.O.P. budget plan isn’t a good-faith effort to put America’s fiscal house in order; it’s voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness.

 

 

WOULD DONALD TRUMP HAVE PASSED A BUDGET?
BY EUGENE ROBINSON
WASHINGTON POST

It’s the kind of incomprehensible failure that makes people conclude that the system is broken. It’s the kind of failure that makes voters want to look for a knight in shining armor, a caped crusader, a Man With No Name — maybe even a Man With an Inescapable Name. We’re lucky that polls show Obama well-positioned to defeat any of the Republicans mentioned so far. We’re also lucky that Trump’s “candidacy” is a piece of performance art.

 

AFTER RYAN’S LEAP, A RUSH OF DEFICIT DEMAGOGUERY
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
WASHINGTON POST

But the blueprint is brave and profoundly forward-looking. It seeks nothing less than to adapt the currently unsustainable welfare state to the demographic realities of the 21st century. Will it survive the inevitable barrage of mindless, election-driven, 30-second attack ads (see above)? Alternate question: Does Obama have half of Ryan’s courage? I think not (on both counts). But let’s hope so.

 

WOULD IKE HAVE GONE TO LIBYA?
BY PEGGY NOONAN
WALL STREET JOURNAL

Eisenhower was no isolationist. … But he knew how to read the lay of the land the needs of the moment, and he could not see why America, despite the pleas of his old comrades in arms in Britain and France, should join them, and spend its blood or treasure, in an attempted invasion of Egypt. In his memoir, he wrote: “I believed that it would be undesirable and impracticable for the British to retain sizable forces permanently in the territory of a jealous and resentful government amid an openly hostile population.”

 

WHO REALLY WANTS A SHUTDOWN?
EDITORIAL
WALL STREET JOURNAL

We’re not opposed to a shutdown showdown, but the policy stakes ought to be worth the political investment. The reforms in Mr. Ryan’s just-released 2012 budget are worth such a fight, as are serious and enforceable spending restrictions in return for a debt limit increase. Republicans need to prepare voters for these major policy choices. A government shutdown over $10 billion or so in a $3.5 trillion budget will be hard for voters to understand.

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