Budget for All Puts Priority on American People

While Congressional Republican budget proposals look to slash revenue and cut social safety net programs, the progressive alternative aims to cut the debt while keeping the safety net.

According to the Center for Budget Policy and Priorities, 62 percent of nondefense cuts in the Republican plan comes from chopping at least $3.3 trillion from Medicaid, pell grants, food stamps and other low-income assistance programs.

2.4 trillion in reductions from Medicaid and other health care for people with low or moderate incomes. The plan shows Medicaid cuts of $810 billion, plus savings of $1.6 trillion from repealing the health reform law’s Medicaid expansion and its subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people purchase health insurance.

$134 billion in cuts to SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. If Chairman Ryan’s proposed SNAP savings were achieved entirely through eligibility cuts, between 8 and 10 million people would be knocked off the program.
At least $463 billion in cuts in mandatory programs serving low-income Americans (other than Medicaid and SNAP). Chairman Ryan’s budget documents indicate that he is proposing $1.2 trillion in cuts in mandatory programs other than Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs, but the documents do not specify how much specific programs would be cut (with the exception of SNAP[2]). For this analysis, we make the conservative assumption that savings from low-income mandatory programs (other than Medicaid and SNAP) would be proportionate to their share of spending in this category. Thus, we derive the $463 billion figure from the fact that 45 percent of mandatory spending other than for Social Security, health care, and SNAP goes for programs for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.


At least $291 billion in cuts in low-income discretionary programs. Bear in mind that these cuts are on top of the cuts already enacted as a result of the discretionary caps created by the Budget Control Act. The Ryan budget documents released on March 20 show the plan contains $1.2 trillion in cuts in nondefense discretionary programs beyond the cuts needed to comply with the caps, but do not provide details about the cuts to specific programs. (The documents do identify some major low-income programs, including the discretionary part of Pell Grants and job training programs, as prime targets for cuts.) Here, too, we make the conservative assumption that low-income programs in this category would bear only a proportionate share of the cuts. Thus, we derive the $291 billion figure from the fact that about a quarter of nondefense discretionary spending goes for programs for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

The Budget for All utilizes investments in job creation, creates a public health care option, uses public financing of federal elections and creates a tax structure based more upon one’s earnings.

“Paul Ryan was right about only one thing when he introduced the GOP’s budget,” Congressman Keith Ellison said. “America has a choice between two futures. In the Republican vision for America, the Medicare guarantee is stripped from our parents and grandparents, Wall Street greed is rewarded while the middle class continues to shrink and more of our tax dollars are handed over to millionaires, billionaires and the corporate special interests who can afford an army of lobbyists.”

This might be too logical for many in D.C. The bill comes to a vote on Thursday and is expected to fail like the Republican budget offered by Paul Ryan. But this is not about which budget passes, it is about pushing the conversation in a progressive direction.

“Our budgets mean schools, firehouses and hospitals stay open and people get the education and job training they need to find good jobs when they’re ready,” Rep. Grijalva said. “Cutting billions from public education, low income health care, school nutrition and public services and giving the money to big corporations isn’t making a tough choice. It’s a choice that’s going to make it tougher for a lot of working Americans, but that’s not the same thing. Republicans say we’re headed off a cliff because of spending. Well, our budget increases funding for job training, for education, for infrastructure, for low-income and veterans housing, and we chart a much more fiscally responsible path than the Republican scheme. It’s about more than numbers on a page to us – it’s about people.”

The priority of the federal budget should be the people of the United States. Paul Ryan and Republicans want to think of the government as a business. It’s not. It is the function of a group of people in a country that aspires to be greater than the sum of its parts.

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Mary L.
Mary L5 years ago

We have met the enemy and they are us. - Walt Kelly

Smart man.

Joe C.
Joe C5 years ago

I am afraid I will upset some people with what I believe. We need to cut spending in other areas, like Foreign Aid, the United Nations, why does the UN stay in the US, would it not be more appropriate to move it around to other deserving nations. Germany, Japan, and China are very strong safe nations. Why not allow other nations to provide the security to protect their members. That would save a huge amount of money that could be used for aid to US citizens who really need it. Think about your own security, how many police officers protect your town or city. I will bet not as many as the number of officers that protect the Congress and Senate. We can no longer be expected to pay for the entire world, we need to help the people living in this country. Charity begins at home.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer5 years ago

Cutting spending on, so called, entitlements is ineffective for addressing the deficit. Cutting programs that support the low and middle class will further strain both who don’t even receive lower prices as a result of the U.S. job losses and create a disconnect that will end in another financial collapse. The justification for attacking government benefits as opposed to raising taxes is the creation of jobs. But where?

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted or disincentivized by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse be

Mike Barnes
Michael Barnes5 years ago

Government is not a business. It is not supposed to make a profit. It is supposed to administer services. No one talks about the military turning a profit, and turn a blind eye to profligate waste. Medicare administrative costs are 3%, while private insurance is 30% and up. The GOP doesn't want to balance the budget. If they did, they'd be talking about letting the Federal Reserve Charter expire in 2013. When our government stops borrowing money into existence it stops paying interest on it. Surprise! 20% of the national debt goes away.
No, the GOP is fighting to preserve the system.

Keevin Shultz
Keevin Shultz5 years ago

Think for a moment what will happen if The Affordable Care Act is ruled null and void. Millions of people will immediately lose their health insurance that was provided and protected by the Act, health insurance companies will raise premiums because they stand to lose over thirty million customers, are greedy and "have the right to make a profit" forcing more millions of people to lose their coverage because they can't afford the higher premiums. Health stocks and health insurance stocks, as they lose customers, will tank, the stock market will take a dive, business's spooked by the market and economic reaction will lay off hundreds of thousands of employees and the economy will dive into another recession if not out right depression in which there will never be a recovery because the Democrats will be powerless to stop it and the gloating republinos will not help as this is what they wanted and now will have a great "opportunity" to defeat President Obama. It may well mean the end of the United States of America!

William P.
William P.5 years ago

After the recent incident people think the only place an American in USA can be guaranteed appropriate medical care (at the top of the list/front of the line) is in prison but good alernative for now is "Penny Health" check it out

Igor M.
Igor m5 years ago

"Paul Ryan and Republicans want to think of the government as a business."

Not ANY business ... the roll-up sales business maybe, vulture capitalism a-la Romney and Bain Capital. Preying on sick and dying for the sake of their own bank accounts.

Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld5 years ago

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Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld5 years ago

thx for the info