Paul Ryan’s budget plan: Dessert first, vegetables later

The Washington Post
Mar. 22, 2012

As I said at the start, the tax base should be broadened — both to lower rates, as Ryan proposes, and to raise new revenue, as he recoils from.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force, chaired by former Office of Management and Budget director Alice Rivlin, a Democrat, and former Senate Budget Committee chairman Pete Domenici, a Republican, took a brave stab at this in its debt reduction plan. It came up with $3.8 trillion in savings by eliminating or pruning all of the above, and more.