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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