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Paul Ryan Even More Cynical Than First Imagined

Paul Ryan Even More Cynical Than First Imagined

House Budget Committee Chairman and failed Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) is even more anti-middle class than we suspected. Not only that, he’s meaner, too.

After helping hand the Republicans one of the most humiliating electoral defeats in recent history, Ryan is going to be just as helpful for Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections thanks to his latest budget proposal. To start, the Ryan 2013 Budget promises to repeal Obamacare in at least five different places, something to be expected I suppose given Ryan’s insistence that Americans should all be left to fend for themselves.

Even House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has given up on the idea of pushing forward with the repeal crusade, citing the very election that embarrassed Ryan as proof health care reform is the law of the land. But a closer read of the budget shows Ryan doesn’t really want to repeal Obamacare, he just wants to repeal the benefits.

As broken down by Think Progress, Ryan’s budget would eliminate health care exchange subsidies, the “rationing board,” the Medicaid expansion and regulations targeting streamlining of care.

So, basically, every part of the bill designed to actually help make health care more accessible and affordable to Americans is gutted. But, Ryan being the cynic that he is, keeps the law’s deficit-reduction component by holding onto the $716 billion in Medicare savings and using that tax increase in his budget baseline that lets him claim his budget balances in 10 years.

Health care for the poor and middle class isn’t the only place Ryan’s budget finds its revenue. Ryan also calls for deep cuts in education spending, infrastructure, research and would place programs designed to help low income people like food stamps, solely in the hands of the states.

It’s a social revolution disguised as a budget proposal. As Ezra Klein sums up, “Ryan’s budget is intended to do nothing less than fundamentally transform the relationship between Americans and their government. That, and not deficit reduction, is its real point, as it has been Ryan’s real point throughout his career.”

The Republicans, once again, face a choice. Do they embrace ideology over reality and go with the Ryan budget, ignoring the results of the November election and every non-partisan analysis that calls Ryan’s proposals disastrous? Or, is this the real face of Republican leadership– the paranoid anti-government ideologues that insist kicking 35 million Americans off health insurance is necessary to fund tax giveaways to America’s one-percent?


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1:34PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

A true teabagger. What a tool. And a hypocrite. This is a man who couldn't even get his own district to vote for him for vice president!!!!! He just does not get it, HE LOST!!!!!

4:58AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Air traffic controllers and pre-school teachers are being furloughed or laid off. Mental health programs, scientific research, Hurricane Sandy relief, and unemployment benefits are being slashed -- all thanks to the sequester.

Meanwhile, Wall Street speculators just had their best week ever. That's right: ever.

Working families shouldn't be forced to shoulder the burden of economic recovery. Wall Street's reckless behavior got us in this mess -- it's time they paid to clean it up and started creating real jobs for American workers.

Tell Congress: Pass the Wall Street Speculation Tax and put Americans back to work.

Here's how: A Wall Street speculation tax -- as small as three pennies on every $100 traded on Wall Street -- would raise $352 billion over 10 years. That's one-third of what the sequester is set to cut, and more than enough to put millions of middle-class Americans back to work right now.

And here's the good news: Sens. Tom Harkin and Sheldon Whitehouse have introduced a bill to do just that.

This isn't a radical idea. A tax on high-volume trading funded millions of jobs during the Great Depression, and set the stage for decades of economic growth. Today, six in 10 Americans support taxing Wall Street to pay for jobs programs. Even George W. Bush's FDIC appointee, Sheila Bair, supports the tax.

The American people and economists agree: it's time to tax Wall Street

4:36AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Obama only had 51% of the vote, that doesn't sound too decisive.47.3% voted for the republicans. Regardless, he country is still pretty evenly divided.

6:54PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Keep it up, Ryan. Your Tea Party friends Gerrymandering kept the House in Republican hands in the last election. Every time you push your budget, you are alienating more of the 99%. These people may never agree with any of the "Occupy" movement, but they will start noticing that you proposals will hit their pocketbooks. There are some Republican seats that are safe regardless of what you do, but you are putting more seats into play.

Keep up the good work!

4:19PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013


1:14PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Apparently, the destruction of the country isn't enough for republicans.
First Reagon kept us addicted to dirty fossil fuels after he declared renewable energy dead.
Next Bush started two wars based on lies, cut taxes for the rich, and created our massive debt. Then the 112th do nothing criminal republican congress set a record for fillibusters, and blocked everything Obama tried to pass because they are dishonest, racist, ignorant, and work for their corporate masters. And now this criminal scumbag puppet of the billionare Koch brothers, Paul Ryan wants to cut medicare and social security so our poor and senior citizens can eat dog food and die while he keeps the tax loopholes in place that allow rich criminal liars like him to avoid paying taxes. We need to send this creep Paul Ryan to prison along with the rest of the criminal republican party.

12:57PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

He is along with all of the GOP to pay back America for voting for Obama. And as long as they are in control of congress....we won't be able to get anything done. So we know what our job is....get them out of office. GET RID OF PAUL RYAN!

12:35PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

I assume that Paul Ryan failed miserably in both math and economics.He read Ayn Rand instead.
Strange though when Mr Ryans father died,( he was a contractor with his own business).
Ryan applied for and got government benefits!.
Sauce for the goose??

8:28AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

"You don't introduce this in May and pass it in June. It takes time. But we know that." The increase signed into law by Bush, for instance, was passed in 2007 as part of a military spending bill that included some sweeteners for the business community, including a small business tax cut.

Harkin and Miller may have both time and public opinion on their side. It's been six years since Congress last mandated a raise, and minimum wage increases in general tend to poll well with the public, with about 62 percent of respondents supporting the president's proposal in a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll.

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