Reagan Budget Chief Blasts Paul Ryan’s Proposal As ‘Bogus’

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April 2, 2013 6:08 a.m.
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Many Republicans have long hailed the budgetary prowess of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). David Stockman, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, isn’t one of them.

Once a leading champion of supply-side economics who took the lead on economic policy in the Reagan White House, Stockman suggested that Ryan is not a serious figure in the fiscal debate.

“He’s all hat and no cattle,” Stockman told The Atlantic in an interview published online Tuesday. “Beyond that, I think he’s intellectually dishonest. His budget plans are bogus.”

Stockman said in the interview that he would give Reagan a “somewhat negative” rating  “for being so stubborn and insistent” on the build-up of defense. He said that the GOP’s memory of the Reagan presidency is too rosy.

“Because Republicans claim that we had this great Golden Age in the 1980s, that there was a boom in the 1990s, and that everything was going well during the George W. Bush era until some mysterious comet came in from deep space and caused a meltdown in 2008,” Stockman said. “My argument is that this was mostly a phony prosperity built on massive additions to public and private debt.”

Read the entire interview here.

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