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Paul Ryan’s Budget Isn’t Popular With the Liberty Movement

Ten House Republicans voted against Paul Ryan’s budget today, including key liberty movement leaders Justin Amash, Walter Jones, and Thomas Massie. The other nays were Paul Broun, Rick Crawford, Randy Forbes, Chris Gibson, Phil Gingrey, Joe Heck, and David McKinley.

The budget passed the House, but whether it’s really “popular” with anyone is an open question. Ross Douthat called the plan a “step backward,” a judgment seconded by quite a few movement conservatives. Perhaps tellingly, Ryan finished fifth in CPAC’s straw poll last weekend, behind the uninvited and vilified Chris Christie.

 

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Daniel McCarthy is editor at large of The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The Spectator, The National Interest, Reason, Modern Age, and many other publications. Outside of journalism he has worked as internet communications coordinator for the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign and as senior editor of ISI Books. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classics. Follow him on Twitter.

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