House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his budget blueprint on Tuesday — April Fools’ Day — and even though the proposal was real, it gave Sarah Palin quite a shock.
“The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke,” Palin wrote in a Facebook post. “But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so. THIS is the definition of insanity.”
Ryan’s budget slashes Medicare under Obamacare and contains deep cuts to social programs, but according to Palin those measures won’t sufficiently balance the budget. She invoked the Wisconsin Badgers, headed to the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four, as an example of the “sacrificial work ethic and discipline” she thinks Ryan would do well to learn form.
“The solution is staring us in the face,” the former vice presidential candidate wrote. “We need to rein in spending today, and don’t tell me there is nothing to cut when we know every omnibus bill is loaded with pork and kickbacks.”
Ryan responded to Palin’s criticism Wednesday morning on “Fox & Friends” by suggesting she take a closer look at the details of his proposal.
“I’m a big fan of Sarah Palin and she has been very supportive of my earlier budgets. This cuts more spending than any budget I’ve ever written…I think she ought to take a look at the details and I think she’ll be probably pretty pleased.”
“If she liked what we did before, she should clearly like what we’re doing here,” he added, “which is very much in keeping with our constitutional principles, limited government, economic freedom, balancing the budget, creating jobs.”
This post has been updated.