The numbers presented this afternoon by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, the House assistant Democratic leader, appeared vexing. They were also hypothetical.
Nutter and Clyburn, stumping for President Obama, said education cuts called for in U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan could have a "devastating impact" on students from kindergarten to college. One key factor was left out: Ryan's budget was approved by the Republican-controlled U.S. House in March but then bottled up in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate.
A few things have happened since then. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tapped Ryan for vice president on Aug. 11. The next day, Romney said in a joint-interview with Ryan on 60 Minutes that his budget plan trumps Ryan's in the campaign.
Ryan, interviewed by an ABC affiliate in Oxford, Ohio last Thursday, said "I'm joining the Romney ticket. It's not the other way around. So I'm supporting the Mitt Romney plan." Ryan, asked if his budget plan could be merged with Romney's budget plan, replied: "Sure."