Under the Republican plan, the budget resolution would set spending at 2008 levels, lawmakers said. While cutting the $100 billion needed to meet that pledge would force deep cuts, they have steered away from a specific plan for it.And there you have the grand fallacy and danger of the current darling of the GOP. Ryan here is doing what a bad executive does---perhaps they've learned this from television shows like Law & Order, 24, and everything by Andrew Sorkin---and are replacing leadership with 'by any means necessary' arrogance.
“I’m a budgeteer,” Ryan said. “I just bring down the cap.”
They are not equivalent.
By ignoring the details of how something is accomplished -- in this case getting our government spending under control -- you leave open the opportunity for every unintended consequence, backfire, and internal failure imaginable. As the reporter points out in the Bloomberg piece I link to above, that's pretty much what might be expected with the current Republican plan.
I have issues with the idea that we need to run government more like a business: I think that the two management methods and aims are, while not completely antithetical, are indeed dialectically oppositional. But even worse is the idea that we ought to run government like a bad business, that spurs negative competition, short-term unsustainable profit at the cost of long term viability, and disregards the innate connection between the desired ends, and the mean by which those ends are achieved.
If Ryan is the best the GOP has to offer, and his best is to explicitly ignore detail -- hey, I'm not a details guy, I'm a budgeteer! -- then they, and we, are in for a long, cold winter.