As if on cue, the Democrats have come for Paul Ryan’s budget plan with pitchforks, torches, and a handy new word that sounds an awful lot like “extremist”.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) decried the 2012 budget proposal introduced by House Republicans Tuesday as “draconian.”

“I think that it completely lacks balance,” he said of the plan unveiled by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). “He has dramatic cuts in taxes for the wealthiest among us and finances that by draconian cuts to those of us who are dependent on Medicaid and Medicare.”

“It’s draconian,” added Conrad, who first ran for Congress on a pledge to reduce the federal deficit and has positioned himself as a fiscal hawk throughout his Senate career.

Gee, could “draconian” be the new “extremist”? It looks like that’s the Demon Word of the Day on the Democrats’ morning e-mails. Let’s see what another Democratic Senator has to say.

“Independent experts agree the House plan would make deep cuts to the Medicare benefits seniors count on,” [Democratic Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max] Baucus said. “It would end Medicare as we know it and funnel Medicare dollars directly into private insurance companies’ pockets.

“Under the House plan, seniors’ coverage would be cut drastically, benefits would no longer be guaranteed and seniors’ costs would skyrocket,” Baucus added.

Huh…old people and children eating dog food and dying, untended, in the streets. Now where in the world have I read that particular criticism today? I’d say that Democrats really need to focus on their own failure. After all, they didn’t pass a budget last year and they’re having an awfully hard time even putting together a spending bill to keep the government open for a week. The last thing they need to do is demagogue Ryan’s work and draw attention to their own negligence. They ought to be praising him for doing the hard work they couldn’t be bothered to do when they were in charge.

And, let’s face it, if Chuck Norris is on board with Ryan’s plan, surely the squawking parrots in the Democratic party can give it a little praise.

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