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PAUL RYAN'S AT IT AGAIN from Veterans Today
3 years ago

by Stephen Lendman

He represents Wisconsin’s first congressional district. He was Romney’s vice presidential running mate. He’s House Budget Committee chairman. Wall Street Journal editors love him.

On March 12, they headlined “A Ryan Reboot,” saying:

His FY 2014 proposal is “an important document, even if it has no chance of becoming law this year, because it reaches for that elusive thing in Washington – realistic solutions to the country’s problems.”

A convoluted explanation followed. Journal editors want budget balancing on the backs of ordinary people. Ryan wants it done faster than he earlier proposed. He wants America’s social contract destroyed.

He claims doing so increases economic growth. His reasoning is upside down. He wants tax cuts for rich elites left untouched. He wants corporations getting a free lunch.

He explained in a same day Journal op-ed, headlined “Paul Ryan: The GOP Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023.” More on that below.

Last August, he and other Republican House Budget Committee members presented “The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal.”

Gutting vital programs millions of Americans rely on was proposed. Ryan wants Medicare privatized. He wants Medicaid, food stamps, and other entitlement programs ended.

He wants Social Security privatized later. Eventually he wants it ended. He wants social spending cut to 1949 levels. He wants $5 trillion (largely from domestic programs) cut over the next decade.

He claims doing so promotes growth and creates jobs. He wants budget balancing on the backs of ordinary people. America’s poor, most disadvantaged, and moderate earners are hurt most. Ryan dismissively doesn’t care.

His program assures America’s resources go to rich elites, bankers, war profiteers, and other corporate favorites.

“Prioritize national security by preventing deep, indiscriminate cuts to defense,” he said.

Repeal Obamacare. “Advance bipartisan solutions that take power away from government bureaucrats and put patients in control.”

In 2011, he proposed eliminating Medicare altogether. It passed the House but not the Senate.

Ryan claims his plan is responsible deficit cutting. Most of what’s cut shifts to wealthy elites and corporate favorites. It funds America’s war machine. It assures economic chaos.

Ryan’s ideal society is no fit place to live in. He wants America returned to 19th century harshness. His agenda reflects reactionary extremism. He’s at it again.

His latest proposal is worse than earlier ones. It accelerates budget balancing on the backs of ordinary people. He prioritizes force-fed austerity. He claims it’s not so.

He says it’s not important “how we balance the budget. It’s why.” It’s for “the well-being of all Americans.” It’s to protect them from “tax hikes.”

It’s to “romote a healthier economy and help create jobs.” It’s to “reignite the American dream.”

He believes anything government does business does better so let it. Washington’s involvement is “overreach.”

“By curbing (it), our budget will give families the space they need to thrive.” How he doesn’t say.

Balanced budgets stimulate economic growth, he claims. Smaller deficits “keep interest rates low.” They’re at Depression-level lows now.

Privatize, privatize, privatize, he stresses. Everyone one their own sink or swim.

Pie in the sky economic growth solves things, he promises. Cut taxes, don’t raise them, he urges.

Repeal Obamacare. Replace it with something worse. Make America’s dysfunctional healthcare system more predatory. Let insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains operate unregulated.

Medicare is going broke, he claims. It’s not sound for the long run. Social Security faces trouble later, he says.

When properly administered, both programs are fiscally sound. Minor adjustments only are needed.

They’re not entitlements. They’re government guaranteed insurance programs. Payroll taxes fund them. Millions of Americans rely on them. Promises made must be kept.

Separating Trust Fund receipts from general revenues assures longterm health. Contractual federal obligations would be secure. Benefits could increase, not decline.

Responsible societies operate that way. Good government isn’t rocket science. It’s as simple as doing the right thing.

Ryan favors wealth, power and privilege. So do most Republicans and Democrats. Obama prioritizes major social spending cuts. He wants hundreds of billions slashed initially. More comes later.

He’ll submit his own budget in early April. He wants Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security cuts. Republicans and Democrats agree. Expect grand bargain betrayal.

The 2011 Budget Control Act mandates reductions in vital social programs. Medicare, Medicaid, public pensions, food stamps, and other important ones are targeted. They’ll be hit in out years.

Sequestering $1.2 trillion is for starters. Bipartisan complicity agreed on around $4 trillion over the next decade. Ryan wants nearly $5 trillion. Expect much more before it ends.

Deficit cutting is subterfuge for protecting corporate handouts, bailing out bankers on request, cutting corporate taxes, keeping Bush era tax cuts largely in place, funding America’s wa

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Paul Ryan LOL hack.

3 years ago

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