House Passes Ryan Budget, Calls It “Vision” Of GOP In Charge


If you ever wondered what the world would look like if Republicans controlled the House, the Senate and the Presidency, look no further.  According to Speaker of the House John Boehner, you can see their “vision” in the Ryan Budget plan that has now passed the House, and it’s a vision intent on providing more for the rich while increasingly gutting programs that support the middle class and the poor.

According to Roll Call, Boehner states that the Ryan budget “lays out a vision of what Republicans would do if they were in charge of the legislative branch and the presidency. ‘It’s a real pathway to prosperity. It makes the decisions and puts us on a course that’s sustainable, not just for our generation, but for our kids and our grandkids.’”

In a Republican utopia, millionaires will get an $187,000 through tax cuts and a change in the tax rate.  In exchange, it would “drastically change Medicare for people under 55, turning the program into a ‘voucher’ program where new members pick between private insurance programs as well as the current Medicare program. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said about the budget, “If you’re a senior, the Ryan budget takes you down a path where the Medicare guarantee is cut.”

According to Politico, “The Armed Services Committee is exempted entirely—breaking faith with the spirit of the August accords. And instead, food stamps, healthcare programs, and federal worker retirement benefits are prime targets, together with a heavy bet on upwards of $50 billion in long-term savings attributed to proposed medical liability reforms.”

The Economic Policy Institute says that it would drive the non-defense portion of the budget to the lowest level in 50 years. “The non-defense discretionary (domestic discretionary) portion of the budget includes security spending on areas like homeland security, veterans, nuclear weapons, and foreign operations; safety net programs like housing vouchers and nutrition assistance for women and infants; most of the funding for the enforcement of consumer protection, environmental protection, and financial regulation; and practically all of the federal government’s civilian public investments, such as infrastructure, education, training, and research and development.”

Of course, despite its passage in the House, this budget will never be a reality.  With the Senate unlikely to ever pass the bill, if it even gets put up for a vote in the first place, it’s really just a GOP fantasy. And, as far as dreams go, for anyone who isn’t in the upper tax bracket, it is likely to become a nightmare.

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Bill Reese
Bill Reese4 years ago

Let me think, Obama and the Democrats have not produced a budget in 36-38 months and they complain about the Ryan Budget? How stupid! The Democrats do not want to pass a budget as it might show the public that they are spending billions more than the US in its capability to produce. They are putting the US on the same path as Greece. Sad, but true.

William Y.
William Y4 years ago

@ Arthur P. Why raise them to adolescent level, try toddler.

Frances C.
Frances C4 years ago

The Ryan bill is a vision of wonderland for the 1%.

Arthur Preisinger

The Republicans remind me of the right wing Israeli government, and particularly Netanyahu,i.e, they keep coming out with lunatic ideas and are getting away with it. The crazier the better. And the lemming yoyos laugh at the progressives. Where is the outrage at this adolescent idea of government?

Karen Friedman
karen Friedman4 years ago

I see in my Ryan crystal ball a vision of the dark ages to return to America.

Carole L.
Carole L4 years ago

Jeffery W
“I don't know if I mentioned this before:

Obama's budget, which was defeated 0 - 97 in the Senate, and 0 - 414 in the House.”

You have several times, dumass. Looks like you’re suffering from the early onslaught of dementia. If gop has it’s way, you could end up a vagrant on a street corner. Holding a “the End is Near” sign.

Carole L.
Carole L4 years ago

jo H
“From the photo that came with this news article shows J.Boehner looking towards heaven for an answer to a prayer,”

Oh I dunno, looks to me like wishing he was at the bar knocking back a few “glasses of Merlot”. i think the 'real' reason he keeps crying is that he wants his "ba ba."

Bill Reese
Bill Reese4 years ago

Yes, Bundy was a Republican, but please do not open that can of worms as there are just as many idiot Democrats as there are Republicans and independents. This site would turn into who can remember the worst of the worst. Not a good idea for any party politics.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese4 years ago

Humm, it seems as if everyone on this blog wants the government to give them something for free, what happened to working for what we get. It seems under Obama we are learning not only it is not "cool" to work but it is not nice to try and make jobs. Sad, sad.

Edward N.
Edward N.4 years ago

Yes we saw what what it was like under George W Bush and his republican senate. He started two wars and proclaimed mission accomplished. And almost broke this country. You need to watch Lawrence Lessig has to say. It an't about what you idoits want it's about the people of the USA.