On yesterday’s Sunday network political shows, House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) well defended his budget deal that passed the House last week with a majority of Republican votes and, more significantly, disassociated himself unequivocally from Speaker John Boehner’s pre-vote tirade against “outside conservative groups”.
Bravo for the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee on Fox News Sunday; asked by Chris Wallace if he were “…fed up with these outside groups who talk tough from the sidelines?”, Ryan answered:
Look, I think John just got his Irish up there. I think these groups are valuable. The way I look at it is this — they’re part of our conservative family. I’d prefer to keep these conversations within our family. John was frustrated because they came out against our agreement before we even reached an agreement. I was frustrated about that, as well. But I see the Tea Party as indispensable, invaluable in helping keep the taxpayer in the game, keep Washington accountable. And when I look at, when we lost our majority in ’06, we deserved to lose it then. They helped us get out ship righted again by being fiscally conservative.
And I think what we’re doing here today, we’ve got two thirds of the House conservatives voting for this. I think this is a step in the right direction. It’s not as far as I want to go, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Full interview video:
Conservatives of all stripes should welcome Ryan’s work on the budget and continued identification with and appreciation of tea partiers that put Republicans back in power in the 2010 Election and all since. Ryan wants to move on from government shutdown showdowns to focus on Obamacare and winning elections so we can repeal it and other anti-jobs legislation and regulations that President Barack Obama and the Democrats passed into law when they help plenary power in 2009-10. This tea partier conservative republican is joining Ryan’s effort.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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