Palin calls Ryan budget plan a 'joke'

Sarah Palin on Wednesday called the budget plan introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a “joke.”

Palin said on her Facebook page that the GOP budget plan unveiled on Tuesday fails to target “wasteful government spending.” 

“The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke. But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so,” she wrote.

“THIS is the definition of insanity,” Palin continued.

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Palin knocked Ryan in her message, saying that “he who represents the great state of Wisconsin” and “the mighty Badgers”… “would understand that future success depends on hard work and sacrifices.” The Badgers are the mascot of the University of Wisconsin’s sports teams. 

The former Alaska governor argued people don’t understand how to reverse the nation’s debt, and she recommended cutting “pork and kickbacks” from omnibus bills.

On Wednesday, Ryan dismissed Palin’s comments on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.”

“I’m a big fan of Sarah Palin, and she has been very supportive of my earlier budgets. This cuts more spending than any other budget I’ve ever written,” Ryan said. “I think she ought to take a look at the details, and I think she’d probably be pretty pleased. If she liked what we did before, she should clearly like what we’re doing here, which is very much in keeping with our constitutional principles: limited government, economic freedom, balancing the budget, creating jobs.

Ryan’s plan cuts $5.1 trillion in spending over a decade from a number of domestic programs including food stamps, low-income education programs and Medicaid.