Under the House-approved Paul Ryan budget, $6 trillion dollars would be added to the national debt over the next decade, as noted here by Matt Miller of the Washington Post. And as Ezra Klein points out, the irony of that fact is mind-numbing.
House Republicans voted to make the Ryan budget law. But the Ryan budget includes $6 trillion in new debt over the next 10 years, which means that to become law, the Ryan budget would require a substantial increase in the debt ceiling. But before the Republicans agree to increase the debt ceiling so that the budget they passed can become law, Republicans are demanding the passage of either a balanced budget amendment that would make the Ryan budget unconstitutional or a spending cap that the Ryan budget would, in certain years (and if you’re using more realistic numbers, in all years), exceed.
Step1: Demand a spending cap and a balanced budget
Step2: Pass an unbalanced budget that would shatter your spending caps
Serious as a heart attack.