The Democratic Party has defaulted on the most basic duty of a democratic government: it refuses to say how it intends to spend the people's money.***
As a lawyer, you try to prepare your witnesses to give the answer you want in a forceful and persuasive manner. Paul Ryan isn't a lawyer, but he's got the idea down pat. Here he is questioning Doug Elmendorf from the Congressional Budget Office about Obama's "framework" for deficit reduction, announced in the President's April 2011 speech:
Ouch. I know this was a set up to get a maximally-effective sound bite, but still... that's gotta leave a mark.