Rep. Paul Ryan has made a budget with cuts across the board and a reworking of the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid plans. Rep. Ryan is moving in the right direction. His plan, if implemented, will completely eliminate the national debt over time.
The sad truth is that even if the Ryan plan gets passed, signed off by the senate with only nominal changes, and signed by the president, we still won’t be out of the financial straits we are in. This is because all it takes is one drunken congress and we are back to square one. What we need to do is to make permanent changes to the budget process and federally administered programs.
I would start with a constitutional overview. Congress should try to justify every line item in the budget by tying it to a specific clause in Article 1, Section 8 of the constitution. If there is any doubt as to the constitutionality of the program, eliminate it with that reasoning. If you explain that the constitution is designed to protect the freedoms of the people by limiting the power of government, and that by violating those limitations the freedoms of the people are infringed, then you have a stronger argument than fiscal sanity.
Applying the constitution to the budget will result in dramatic cuts across the board. If we use this line of reasoning for every budget to be passed in the foreseeable future, then we will not have to worry about runaway spending ever again.