While our onsite CPAC correspondent Warner parties it up (just kidding), I wanted you bring you a section of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (via Beltway Confidential):
“The next President will face fiscal and economic challenges that are huge… almost unprecedented. He can’t resolve these challenges if he wins by default. He needs a mandate – not just to displace Barack Obama, but to preserve and strengthen the very Idea of America.
It will not be enough to repeal the President’s disastrous health‐care law. We must solve the problem in health care by curbing out‐of‐control costs that erode paychecks for working families and push quality coverage out of reach for millions of Americans.
It will not be enough to stop the administration’s war against proven sources of American‐made energy. We must build the case for developing energy here at home, to create jobs and lower the price of energy in this country.
It will not be enough to stop Washington’s reckless spending spree, which has spread cronyism and corporate welfare. We must bring the bureaucracy to heel and restore the rule of law where it was replaced by the whims of those in power.
And it will not be enough to condemn the President’s attempt to pit one group of Americans against another.
Instead, we must promote upward mobility, starting with solutions that speak to our broken education system, broken immigration policy, and broken safety‐net programs that foster dependency instead of helping people get back on their feet.
In other words, a bold reform agenda is our moral obligation. We have an obligation to provide the American people with a clear path that gets our country back on track.
If we make the case effectively and win this November, then we will have the moral authority to enact the kind of fundamental reforms America has not seen since Ronald Reagan’s first year.”
Too bad Rep. Ryan isn’t one of the candidates running…