Something exciting is happening in the U.S. House of Representatives. A fresh face in the form of Michigan’s Rep. Justin Amash has arrived to tackle our debt and end Washington’s spending addiction. Just last week, this GOP newbie voted against Rep. Paul Ryan’s much heralded budget plan.

Vote against Paul Ryan’s budget, you ask? The same GOP proposal Democrats are currently freaking out over as being too extreme? Yes. But where the liberals think that Ryan’s plan goes too far, Rep. Amash thinks Paul’s plan didn’t go far enough. As Amash explained on his Facebook: “I have a lot of respect for Chairman Paul Ryan and his outstanding staff … Today’s committee vote was one of the most difficult of my life. Ultimately, I voted ‘no’ for a few basic reasons: (1) The time to balance is too long. According to CBO, the budget won’t reach balance until nearly 2040 … (2) The budget exempts military spending from reductions, which makes it more difficult to achieve bipartisan support to reform the primary components of our annual deficit: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. (3) The FY 2013 cuts do not appear to match the magnitude of the cuts required under the post-sequester Budget Control Act, which most Republicans and Democrats agreed to in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.”

I’m a 37-year-old conservative pundit whose primary target these days is Washington’s out-of-control spending. Our national debt poses a greater threat than any other danger our country faces at the moment. The Democratic Party has proven itself to be completely useless on this issue, but the House Republican budget plan, Ryan’s plan, does not balance the budget until I’m 65 years old. This is unacceptable.

Rep. Amash agrees. He has a balanced budget amendment plan that caps spending at the average of the last three year’s revenue with a 10-year-phase-in period. Amash’s plan could feasibly balance the budget by the time I’m 47. This is a hell of a lot more acceptable than 65.

The conservative group Club for Growth had a similar take on Ryan’s plan. It also advocates for solutions similar to Amash’s. Said President Chris Chocola, “On balance, the Ryan Budget is a disappointment for fiscal conservatives. The Club for Growth urges Republicans to support a budget that balances in the near future and complies with the Budget Control Act.” Not surprisingly, the Club for Growth gives Amash a 100 percent pro-business, limited government rating.

The Amash plan also addresses the problem of military spending, something Ryan’s plan — true to Republican form — actually increases. This current Republican notion that President Barack Obama is “cutting” defense spending is the same argument liberals have made for years about Republicans “cutting” domestic spending, that decreasing the rate of proposed increases somehow means “cutting.” Nobody is cutting military spending in Washington. The Republican Senate budget plan introduced by the Tea Party Caucus this month balances the budget in five years in large part because it includes military cuts, so don’t expect to hear much about this plan from the GOP brass.

Amash stresses that cutting Pentagon spending is not only necessary to balance the budget, but that it is also the only practical way to get bipartisan support for reforming entitlements, by far the greatest drain on our debt. Touting his balanced budget amendment plan as the “most bipartisan proposal” last year, Amash pointed out that out of his 40 co-sponsors, nine were Democrats.

This is not to say that Rep. Ryan is not trying to do something marginally better than the Democrats or is dishonest in his intentions. It is to say that marginally better GOP leaders or well-intentioned Republicans will no longer do. We’ve had these kinds of Republicans for decades, and government growth hasn’t slowed one bit.

Rep. Amash is exactly the kind of Republican who is willing to compromise in all the right ways to achieve results; he agrees with Democrats that we must cut Pentagon spending as a way of bringing together both sides to reform entitlements. But Amash is also the kind of Republican who is unwilling to compromise in the most important way — he insists that spending cuts must happen and soon.

The Republican Party obviously wants Paul Ryan to be the young face of fiscal conservatism in the House, but if it eschews celebrity for more concrete solutions, Justin Amash really is that face. America does not have three decades to balance its budget. If we keep kicking the can down the road, America might not have three decades, period.

Jack Hunter assisted Sen. Jim DeMint with his latest book, Now or Never: Saving America From Economic Collapse. He is also the official campaign blogger for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, and he co-wrote Rand Paul’s The Tea Party Goes to Washington. You can hear Southern Avenger commentaries on The Morning Buzz with Richard Todd on 1250 WTMA.