What We Need To Know Before Watching The VP Debate

By Annie-Rose Strasser

1. Romney and Ryan would eliminate health care for 31 million people who are poor or disabled. Medicaid, which helps poor Americans, some seniors, and children afford health care, is right in the crosshairs of Paul Ryan’s House budget. He proposed cutting $1.4 trillion from the program, a move that would kick about 11 million people off Medicaid over the course of ten years. The Romney-Ryan plan is even worse, and is estimated to force about 44 million people off the program.

2. Ryan considers Social Security a “Ponzi Scheme.” In the Fall of 2011, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme,” and Paul Ryan agreed. Ryan wants  ”to privatize the program.?

3. 62% of Ryan’s budget cuts come from programs that benefit low-income Americans. Ryan’s budget proposes $5.3 trillion in nondefense budget cuts;  62 percent of the reductions would come from programs that specifically help low-income Americans:

4. Ryan voted for future defense cuts he now blames on Obama. Though Ryan claims Obama somehow orchestrated the sequester, a series of across-the-board spending cuts triggered if Congress can’t produce a better plan, the VP pick himself was a supporter of the mechanism. Not only did hem vote for legislation to establish it, hen peddled the plan to his Republican colleagues andnproposed a similar initiative in 2004.

5. Ryan and Romney cannot cut taxes across the board by 20% and lower the deficit because it’s mathematically impossible. Ryan claims they will achieve these twin goals by closing loopholes and getting rid of deductions for the rich. But, as the Tax Policy Center points out, even if they got rid of every single deduction and loophole, they would still need to find more revenue. That means they’d need to start raising taxes on the middle class.

6. Ryan voted to increase the debt ceiling by $4 trillion under Bush. During the Bush years alone, Ryan voted  with his party’s leadership to increase the debt ceiling by $4 trillion. In total, he has voted six times to raise the debt ceiling, increasing it by $5.8 trillion.

7. Ryan wants to kick 1 million students off of Pell Grants. As part of his budget, Ryan proposed cutting Pell Grants for nearly 1 million college students.  Seventy four percent of Pell Grant recipients in 2011 came from families with incomes of $30,000 or less. There is  no evidence that these cuts will curb rising college costs.

8. Ryan’s budget included the same $716 billion in Medicare savings included in Obamacare.The $716 billion that Obamacare takes out of Medicare will almost definitely come up in tomorrow’s debate. Ryan has claimed that Obama “raided” Medicare to pay for his health care reform. In fact, Ryan wants to make Medicare a voucher program and proposed taking the same cuts out of Medicare in his budget. But whereas Obamacare uses those funds to eliminate fraud and increase efficiency, Ryan proposed taking that money to pay down the deficit.

9. Ryan supported economic stimulus under Bush. If he’s going to follow the lead of his running mate, Ryan will invoke Obama’s stimulus plan, the Recovery Act, as failed legislation that wasted taxpayer money. But when George Bush was president, Ryan was supportive of a stimulus, and actually made a rousing case for infusing the economy with money, saying that it helped create jobs. Watch it:

10. Ryan used to supports a key aspect of Obamacare. Ryan will likely say at the debate that the Affordable Care Act is government overreach. In fact, he might even invoke “death panels” as he has done at  recent town halls. But Ryan proposed something extremely similar to these so-called “death panels” in 2009 twice. In December of 2010, Ryan also  asked the Department of Health and Human Services for an Obamacare health care grant  for the Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc to develop a new facility in Racine, Wisconsin, an area within Ryan’s district.

11. Ryan opposes abortion access for rape victims. When it comes to abortion rights, Ryan is among the most extreme anti-abortion members of Congress. He believes rape victims shouldn’t have access to abortions and co-sponsored a “personhood” amendment that would have defined a fertilized egg as a human, thus outlawing not just abortion but also in-vitro fertilization and some forms of contraception.

12. Ryan supports a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. Ryan is vehemently opposed to marriage equality for same-sex couples. He has  twice voted to amend the constitution to that effect, supported a same-sex marriage ban in his home state, and claimed that preventing same-sex couples from getting married was a “universal human value.”

This post was originally published by the Center for American Progress.


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Carole L.
Carole L5 years ago

Michael G.
“Carole, you aren't suggesting that because Steve was from Rhodesia that he could possibly have a racist bias?”


@Holli C. Well, it would seem the story of the ‘Good Samaritan’ is totally lost on you. Do kick injured dogs too?

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

Holli, sorry you are so jaded by what you believe to be true. From here on in, think of it this way. Your tax money can go to corporations and especially the military where killing is done.

Instead of using mine for corporations and the military, my share will go to social welfare. So this way you won't have to feel like you are buying cell phones for 21 million poor people.

Your share can go to poisoning the environment and war.


Holli C.
Past Member 5 years ago

My opinion on the list of "problems".
1. Good about 31 million Americans are currently abusing Medicaid. Why should i pay insurance for someone just because they are poor. I am poor and I dont have insurance. Millions of ppl use Medicaid to Dr shop so they can sell the pills and not have to work and btw they are poor.
2. It might be a Ponzi Scheme whatever you call it. I dont want to DEPEND on the government yet again to retire. They Government obviously is not that good with money. Might I remind you of the debt or the "Investments" called Bail Outs.
3. Again I dont care to buy poor people food, cell phones, pay their rent, car insurance, gas, insurance and drugs. I am poor therefore I work. I never get ahead. I have not been on vacations, have insurance, or get any help. I have worked with Welfare or the poverty sector (which is not everyone b/c if you work you dont qualify like me) with these Low Income Programs. It is the same ppl with their hand out at every one of these programs. They were here 10 years ago they are still there taking and they will be there 10-20 years down the road. I want to help ppl that will help themselves.
4. He got sucked in. I was for Obama b/c he promised to end this war. What happened to that?
5. Doing the mathematical impossible is what our Country does best.
6. I bet he wasnt the only one that voted to raise it.
7. It needs to be cut. Pell is the new welfare check. The first day of class everyone is there for attendance with no books

Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage se5 years ago

What We Need To Know: is WHEN they are going to understand that We Know. And stop lying so much. People have in the past times been sheep, but I think most of us now KNOW, so they can stop all the bullshit and come up with some truth, but then again...., there would be no use for governments :-)

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

I am having a great time now watching a replay of it. CSPAN is playing it in a delayed venue. Biden just shewed him up a couple more times calling him on his lies and distortions about taxes, medicare, SS. It's fun.

Linda W.
Linda W5 years ago

Ryan is a Mitt~puppet. Nothing but badly rehearsed Mittisms & no answers with any back to them.
The fact that Biden was able to keep his humor while disemboweling Ryan & his BS was great.

Penny B.
.5 years ago

Glad Biden did a good job in the debates. Romney and Ryan are not right to run the country.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence5 years ago

I do not like Paul Ryan - his stance in Congress is enough to put him behind the 8 ball for me - and tonight callhim RyBOT - nothing but a GOP Robot - BIDEN RULES!

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

Just finished the debates and I thought Biden did a great job. Further, I don't feel Ryan is adequate to the position of president (in the event something happened to Romney during his presidency). I don't think that young guy has the nuts or experience to run our country.

So lets see, we can't let Romney get elected and pick two SCOTUS candidates, and we can't take the chance that Ryan becomes president. Those are very two important reasons right there.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

Romney and Ryan are the wrong choice for America now and in the future.