I can hear the liberals and progressives guffawing over the prospect of Paul Ryan as hero, or anyone as hero except in the form of anti-hero hero. Ryan's budget plan is not a completely libertarian design to dismantle our statist system, but it's far more courageous and fair than anything offered by others -- there is nothing much at all offered by others.
Ryan's proposal is the dramatic and comprehensive offering that's needed to shake Washington DC out of complacency. Republicans should not sit back and leave Ryan twisting in the wind when Democrats attack in full force -- they need to support Ryan and the cuts. Obama has an opportunity to show that he can stand against special interests. There's one big correction that can be agreed on here -- the end of all corporate subsidies and tax loopholes which favor a crony system. If corporate welfare is eliminated and wasteful defense spending is cut, then Ryan will have a counter to the Democrat attack of hurting the poor and helping the rich.
This budget battle will show who's serious and who's not, and who needs to be voted out next election. Paul Ryan is a hero in the making. Now, it's about follow-through and persistence.