Paul Ryan On Dangers of Government ‘Dependency and Passivity’ in United States

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan spoke at the American Enterprise Institute Monday and warned that the country is at a “tipping point” in its debt crisis that threatens to “curtail free enterprise” and lead to a “gradual moral-political decline as dependency and passivity weaken the nation’s character.”

The Wisconsin Republican detailed in the Wall Street Journal the magic numbers everyone has been waiting for: $6.2 trillion in cuts from President Obama’s budget over the next decade; $4.4 trillion in deficit reduction, as compared to Obama’s promised $1.1 trillion.

In his noontime AEI address, Ryan argued that keeping the budget on its current path would “weaken our national identity in ways that may not be reversible.”

“This budget charts a new path,” Ryan said. “It represents a new federal commitment, assuring this nation’s workers, investors and entrepreneurs that the new House majority recognizes the threat that unlimited government poses to the American way of life.”

Reining in the size and scope of government, he added, “should not be a partisan issue.” More from Representative Paul Ryan

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