Here Comes Another Ryan Budget, Much Like The Old One


When Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan announced his master budget plan in 2011, it was a hit with the Tea Party branch of the GOP and sort of a flop with the rest of America.  Block granting Medicaid, slowly turning Medicare into a voucher program and destroying the social safety net as a whole just didn’t play that well to citizens who were struggling through one of the worst financial crises in decades.

Well, now the congressman is ready to take another swing at it, and this time, they’re trying to play “bipartisan” on Medicare.

According to Politico, the new version of the Ryan budget plan is going to look an awful lot like the 2012 version.  But to try and make the “Republicans want to end Medicare” accusations go away, they are incorporating the “Ryan and Wyden” compromise put forth by Ryan and Democratic Congressman Ron Wyden. The Ryan/Wyden plan would offer a public Medicare plan and a private Medicare plan, thereby guaranteeing that wealthy seniors would get higher quality healthcare than those who need to rely on the public program.

The Democrats are unlikely to pass the new proposed budget, but it appears there will be Republican blowback as well.  For those who are running to the most extreme right when it comes to fiscal conservativism, Ryan’s plan still doesn’t cut enough.  According to the Washington Post,  “The Club for Growth fired a warning shot Friday, arguing in a news release that any budget that fails to eliminate deficits within a decade would be ‘simply an exercise in futility.’ Ryan’s budget last year would have taken nearly 30 years to eliminate the deficit.”

Looks like we’re back to that whole “drown the government in the bathtub” goal again.


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sherry l.
sherry luciano5 years ago

I wish we'd take away Ryan's health care for him and his family and give the money to the 1%. Also his job and his public voice. No matter how he words it, it's still the same old plan. Help the wealthy and for forget about the rest of us. I'm sorry except we pay for the new plan to give the money to the top 1 %. Something to look forward too. He keeps saying he saving the country by his standards. I really don't need his help.

Joan E.
Joan E5 years ago

Now I don't think any more of Widen than I do of Ryan.

the Other RobertO
Robert O5 years ago

And he looks like such a nice guy...

Scott S.
Scott S5 years ago

What can we say good about Ryan budget plan --------- After spending the last hour with smoke pouring out of my ears I still can not fine anything good to say! Now what can I find bad to say about it? Everything !!!! This mans idea for America is a cruel joke on the American people unless of course you want to live in a 4th (Yes its so bad that 3rd world your be a step up for us) world country. Rest assured that the brain dead conservatives and media will love it even the ones who life will be hurt the most by it. Go figure!

Sa F.
Sandi F5 years ago

A chart by the year of spending by each president on CBS News online shows that Obama is actually the least "spendy" of recent presidents. So when the Republicans say differently it is just more lies and deceit. Clinton and Obama both spent much less all the recent Republicans including, Nixon, Reagan, Bush I and Bush II. Carter only spent a tad more than Bush I, but less than all the others.

The Republican tirade about Obama and the Democrats spending has no basis in reality.
They are showing themselves to be liars over and over. Fact check organizations are busy showing the Republicans with their pants on fire.

James R.
James Rubner5 years ago

Hitler, Marx, and Mao had plans that does not make any of them palatable for people who care about people.

Mark K.
Mark Kahle H5 years ago

To all you nay sayers.... at least he HAS a plan....3 years and no budget from Obama and the Dems.

Sue Jones
Sue Jones5 years ago

All non-partisan economists (and even serious economists with political views) agree taxes must be raised to pay the bills we've already incurred. David Stockman and Bruce Bartlett, both Reagan administration appointees (as well as many other conservative economists), both agree that the Grover Norquist idea of never raising taxes is about the most idiotic idea anyone has ever come up with. We are at the lowest tax rate to GDP in modern history - somewhere around 14.6% . Normally we run between 17-19% and up to 23% when paying for wars. The problem they both see with the budget is a refusal by Congress to address the real inequities in the tax structure and set in place a viable taxing plan that will raise revenue while more evenly distributing the burden. We, the people, have decided there are things we want to pool our money (taxes) to have - Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid are some of the social programs even the tea party doesn't want touched - or at least not their own entitlements. What is necessary is to decide is how we will pay for them. This nation is NOT broke (witness record profits) - we have a self-inflicted cash flow problem. And that is fixable.

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 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 before it gets better

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V5 years ago

It is hard to imagine that in 2012 we still have people sitting in power with the brains of stump. It is even harder to believe that there are enough voters with the same brain power to put them into office. Makes me wonder how they even find their way to a voting booth.

Do you remember reading about the Medieval Times when there people lived in castles or mud huts? Well if the MORONS in the Republican Party and the Tea Party win that is what America and the rest of the industrialized world will look like, Lords, Ladies and SERFS. If the eyes are the mirror to the soul Paul Ryan’s eyes would look like a Black Hole.