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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ryan's hope

It's never been a secret that government budgets are more political than financial, a road map of where the candidate or party hopes to go. Paul Ryan's latest House budget proposal is a document aimed to take us back to the days of poor houses for the sick and the disabled.

The Ryan plan would end Medicare as we know it, throwing millions of Americans into the clutches of the private insurance industry that has helped precipitate our coverage crisis. It would slash taxes across the board and pay for it by about $3 trillion in cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and entitlements like welfare, food stamps, agriculture subsidies and transportation.

In addition, experts suggest the massive size of the cuts required would also mean the elimination of the earned income tax credit for the poor.

Equally important, the Ryan budget reneges on the deal Republicans made last year as part of the reckless debate over the debt limit. Negotiators agreed to a schedule of cuts over time that Ryan threw out the window.

Ryan, a representative of a party that professes to want to get government off people's backs, sounds more like someone who thinks government should offer the less-well off a lecture.
After recalling his family’s immigration from Ireland generations ago, and his belief in the virtue of people who “pull themselves up by the bootstraps,” Ryan warned that a generous safety net “lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency, which drains them of their very will and incentive to make the most of their lives. It’s demeaning.”
Nor does the Ryan budget do anything about the national debt the GOP claims to care about. When you weigh all those cuts against the tax breaks for the 1 percent, Ryan adds another $3.1 trillion in red ink.

All in all, a terrific budget for a party looking to nominate a millionaire who loves to fire people and doesn't care about the poor.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it depends on how close to the bottom rungs of the ladder people are. There is actually quite a bit of resentment from the blue collar factory level when they hear about EBT cards being used at strip clubs, and they see ads on TV touting free cell phones for welfare people on TV. Did you know cans of condensed milk are a form of underground currency because they can easily be bought with EBT cards, then traded for drug money? I know there needs to be a change (3-4 generations on welfare) and if it's back to poor farms at least you know they'll be working for the stuff they get.

March 21, 2012 6:37 AM  

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