U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on the Department of State and USAID budgets before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs in Washington, D.C. on February 29, 2012. [Transcript.]

Delegates learned at United Nations meeting, Tuesday, February 28, 7,500 have died in Syria since the advent of their uprising 11 months ago. Clinton advised a Senate subcommittee that President Bashar Al-Assad fits the archetype of a war criminal. Read more at CBS.

The Ron Paul within acknowledges House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R) sentiment, but the Obama in me has kinfolk who would suffer disproportionately if there were to be a cessation of certain federal aids not properly re-allocated at the state level as dictated by Paul’s budget proposal dubbed “The Path to Prosperity.”

Paul is correct. A dramatic [conservative-canted] overhaul of fiduciary policy is necessary if the US is to obviate a debt crisis and keep Greece and Spain as cautionary tales; not imminent foreboding. 

Backtracking… the ever witty, if even crotchety Paul Krugman unleashed zingers freely, calling Ryan a “Flimflam Man” and his budget "drenched in Flimflan Sauce" and that the GOP will herald any conservative with a new plan “an audacious intellectual,” “an innovative thinker.” 

I personally love when anyone is dipped in sauce, but… PR’s budget has it’s holes. Mostly a smarting gape where Medicare should be and deficit amelioration that employs alchemy en lieu of arithmetic. 

The Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and various liberal, special interest groups, and non-profits have also contended alternatives to counter Ryan’s. 

Progressive Caucus’ “The People’s Budget” is the most "honest" per Rolling Stone and most "courageous" per The Economist