Palin Calls Ryan's Budget a "Joke . . . Insanity"

Palin Calls Ryan's Budget a "Joke . . . Insanity"
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Sarah Palin slammed a fellow former vice presidential candidate on Tuesday, calling Rep. Paul Ryan’s recently released budget a “joke” on her Facebook page.  

“Holy Moly! Are you kidding?” Palin wrote, adding that she expected Ryan, a Republican, to “understand that future success depends on hard work and sacrifices.” 

The House Budget Committee chairman’s annual proposal typically contains a wish list of conservative policy objectives: cuts to spending, reduced taxes, changes to Medicare and food stamp programs, among other bullet points. And it traditionally garners praise from the right. Palin, however, found this iteration to be insufficiently conservative, characterizing it as “the definition of insanity.” She opined that the budget “is not an April Fool’s joke. 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.” 

Ryan’s budget -- which would increase defense spending while many domestic programs would see their allocations cut to record lows -- would reduce overall spending by $5 trillion over the next 10 years.

“We need to be a proposition party, not just an opposition party,” Ryan said. “We believe we owe it to the country to offer an alternative to the status quo. It’s just that simple.” 

Palin, however, remained unimpressed. She asked, “If we can’t balance the budget today, what on earth makes us think it will happen at some future date?”

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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