Most Ryan Budget Cuts Come From Poor, Most Tax Cuts Go To Rich

The Ryan budget plan has been embraced by Speaker of the House John Boehner as “the vision” of what the GOP would do if it had full control of the government.

It’s also a tale of two cuts — cuts for the poor and cuts for the rich.  But not in a fair sort of way.

According to Ezra Klein, “In the end, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that 62 percent of the cuts come from programs for low-income Americans and 37 percent of the tax benefits go to the few Americans earning more than $1 million. In other words, Ryan’s budget fails even Ryan’s tests for encouraging social mobility: It focuses its cuts on programs for the poor rather than programs for seniors, and it doesn’t eliminate any tax loopholes.”

President Barack Obama referred to the plan as “so far to the right that it makes the Contract With America look like the New Deal.”  But really, it is the epitome of the Reverse Robin Hood, taking from the poor to give to the rich.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan didn’t take kindly to the characterization, criticizing President Obama for not having a “credible” plan of his own. “Like his reckless budgets, today’s speech by President Obama is as revealing as it is disappointing: While others lead by offering real solutions, he has chosen to distort the truth and divide Americans in order to distract from his failed record.”   But how exactly is cutting subsidies for education, food and health care in order to provide even more tax credits to those who make over $1 million a “real” solution?

Perhaps Ryan should look a little closer at who is really dividing Americans — into the ultra-wealthy and the utterly destitute.

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Leah H.
Leah H5 years ago

Let them run on this budget and let them eat it! It is time for the 99% to stand up and say ENOUGH! This is not a Democrats vs Republican issue; this is an us vs. the super greedy oligarchs issue. They have a greed that is never satisfied. No matter how much they have, they always want more. They are bullies. Call them out and stop them.

David Connally
David Connally5 years ago

@Jan W

You write "If ... the Republicans take over and implement their plans... who will they blame when it fails to improve the economy,"

They'll blame President Obama. Republicans are incapable of accepting responsibility for anything. Heavens they blamed the housing bubble on Jimmy Carter.

Read more:

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

The Ryan budget plan is very scary. Scary for the middle class and the poor. The wealthy love it and they should since they paid for it. The Koch's, Rove's and Army's rich people pacs have donated millions to the tea party R's in order to keep their taxes low, very low. That kind of mind set just boggles the mind. But of course those types have been with us throughout history.

Geraldine Ley
Geraldine Ley5 years ago

The Reverse Robin Hood is already well underway in Britain with the 1% rich boys looking after thier own at the expense of the other 90%. Survival of the fittest/richest is their motto.

joe M.
joe MARTINEZ5 years ago

Bull crap Mr John, read it carefully and then be honest to yourself and face facts, the freeze means cuts to everyone else that is not Republician. And primarily at the expense of the citizens that can least afford it. Poor seniors, now they have to figure out which other way to prepare dog food to sustain them.

Lauren B.


John S.
Past Member 5 years ago

I find it laughable that so many of the comments in this section are ready to skewer Mr. Ryan without ever having read his plan. The thrust is to freeze spending and eliminate duplicate programs. Only is Washington would a "cut" mean a reduction in a planned increase.

Jan W.
Jan W5 years ago

If (Heaven Forbid), the Republicans take over and implement their plans... who will they blame when it fails to improve the economy, when the homeless outnumber those still in homes, grandparents can't afford cat food, and there is no one left to clean their pools?