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Paul Ryan's Budgetary Fantasy

It's the time of year when Paul Ryan releases his familiar budget blueprint.
Keep dreaming, Representative Ryan. Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Keep dreaming, Representative Ryan. Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

What's the difference between Dave Camp and Paul Ryan? Camp is a powerful but obscure Midwestern Republican who has abandoned his ambitions for fiscal reform. Ryan is only semi-obscure.

Ryan, who gained some fame as a vice presidential nominee two years ago, is chairman of the House Budget Committee. Today he released his 2015 budget, and it is essentially a partisan wish list, comforting Republican constituencies and upsetting Democratic ones. It stands in stark contrast to the bold tax-reform plan produced in February by Camp, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which spread its pains and gains more equitably.