Paul Ryan: Obama was “shadowboxing a strawman” on entitlements

While such occasions are reliably light on substance, the put-up-or-shut-up tone of President Obama’s second inaugural address yesterday was pretty unmistakable. With hardly a concerned mention of jobs, the struggling economy, or our monstrous debt, the president also conspicuously neglected to acknowledge the inherent troubles of our metastasized entitlement state — but did go to great pains to defend and celebrate it, taking what sounded an awful lot like a direct shot at his erstwhile campaign opponents: