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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/06/2011

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Jonathan Capehart or Bill Kristol? “Real leadership is needed in Washington. What’s needed more is the courage to make the really tough decisions that will cost support and lose votes but that will put America on more sound financial footing. [Rep. Paul] Ryan has put down a clear, unambiguous marker. In a risk-averse, gun-shy town like Washington that’s pretty remarkable.”

President Obama or Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)? “What we’re not going to do is to once again put off something that should have gotten done several months ago.” The report says “that was an implied jab at Democrats, who had control of both houses of Congress last year and were unable to pass a budget or any of the 12 annual spending bills.”

Moral victory or farce? “Goldstone says he’ll work to nullify report in UN.”

Do we oppose the Quartet doing it or just the United Nations? “The US is firmly opposed to Palestinians pursuing a unilateral declaration of statehood through the UN, the top White House Middle East adviser said Monday. ‘We have consistently made it clear that the way to produce a Palestinian state is through negotiations, not through unilateral declarations, not through going to the UN,’ Dennis Ross told the Anti-Defamation League’s annual leadership conference. “Our position on that has been consistent in opposition.” Let’s hope the president means it.

Good news for the Dems or the GOP? “Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is running for a Virginia Senate seat, he announced Tuesday in a video.”

Is Paul Ryan or Ronald Reagan going to get the mantle of “biggest spending cutter”? “The blueprint embraces free markets and individual choice to radically reshape America’s social welfare state for the 21st century and shrink government. Instead of looking for ways to finance an ever-expanding public sector, it would prevent Washington from growing to a projected 45 percent of GDP by 2050 (vs. 24 percent today) and instead reduce it to just under 15 percent by that year. Ryan would downsize government to its smallest size since 1950 and prevent the Europeanization of the American economy. The Ryan Path embraces dynamic growth, not managed decline and stagnation.” Read the whole thing by James Pethokoukis.

Is the Democratic Party the party of ideas or the party of “no”? John Steele Gordon writes, “The left side of American politics has not had a new idea in decades, and on fiscal matters it is strictly Johnny-one-note: ‘Raise taxes on the rich!’ Of course, that note is not exactly new, since it was first advocated by Karl Marx in the 1840s as a way to destabilize the economic system and advance the cause of socialism. So that leaves two options. First is a serious critique of Ryan’s proposal, pointing out its flaws and suggesting alternatives. The second is demagogy. I’d love to be proved wrong, but I am betting on the latter. Prepare to hear about grandma freezing in her bed, the poor dying in the streets for lack of medical care, and societal collapse if the government were to return to the spending levels of 2006.” Peter Wehner has more.

Making stuff up or just confused (again) by numbers? Nancy Pelosi talks, well, nonsense.

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