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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:27 PM

Ryan’s plan: Take from the poor, give to the rich

Ryan’s plan: Take from the poor, give to the rich
Appeared in print: Thursday, March 22, 2012, page A7
http://special.registerguard.com/web/opinion/27801233-47/ryan-budget-poor-programs-cuts.html.csp

Paul Ryan, outlining his latest budget proposal in the House TV studio Tuesday morning, said the policies of the Republican presidential nominees “perfectly jibe” with his plan, which slashes the safety net to pay for tax cuts mostly for wealthy Americans.

“Do you wholeheartedly believe they will accept your budget?” NBC’s Luke Russert called from the audience.

“Absolutely,” the House Budget Committee chairman replied without hesitation. “I’m confident.”

Makes perfect sense, in a way. Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee, is on record as saying, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” And Ryan has just written a budget that supports Romney’s boast.

Ryan would cut $770 billion over 10 years from Medicaid and other health programs for the poor, compared with President Obama’s budget. He takes an additional $205 billion from Medicare, $1.6 trillion from the Obama health care legislation and $1.9 trillion from a category simply labeled “other mandatory.”

Pressed to explain this magic asterisk, Ryan allowed that the bulk of those “other mandatory” cuts come from food stamps, welfare, federal employee pensions and support for farmers.

Taken together, Ryan would cut spending on such programs by $5.3 trillion, much of which currently goes to the have-nots. He would then give that money to America’s haves: some $4.3 trillion in tax cuts, compared with current policies, according to Citizens for Tax Justice.

Ryan’s justification was straight out of Charles Dickens. He wants to improve the moral fiber of the poor. There is, he told the audience at the conservative American Enterprise Institute later Tuesday, an “insidious moral tipping point, and I think the president is accelerating this.” Too many Americans, he said, are receiving more from the government than they pay in taxes.

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dajoki Mar 2012 OP
justgamma Mar 2012 #1
NNN0LHI Mar 2012 #2
EC Mar 2012 #3
longship Mar 2012 #4
dajoki Mar 2012 #8
mucifer Mar 2012 #5
Scuba Mar 2012 #6
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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:38 PM

1. What he wants is the Congress

to vote themselves a huge tax break and have the poor pay for it.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:44 PM

2. Recommended

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:02 PM

3. Well, Dah...

Ryan’s justification was straight out of Charles Dickens. He wants to improve the moral fiber of the poor. There is, he told the audience at the conservative American Enterprise Institute later Tuesday, an “insidious moral tipping point, and I think the president is accelerating this.” Too many Americans, he said, are receiving more from the government than they pay in taxes.


If people aren't working and are on unemployment and food stamps, the only taxes they would be paying would be on their unemployment...so of course they are getting more than they are paying.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:11 PM

4. Fuck you, Ryan

I don't pay federal income taxes because I'm on Social Security (enrolled at 62 because fucking unemployment here in MI was amongst the highest in the country).

Why didn't I move? Because here I own my house -- it's paid for -- and you Republicans and your banker buddies killed the housing market so that you could get rich.

So now I live off a mere $1,000 a month. Do you know what that's like? Of course not, Mr. Ryan.

If I got sick or was injured I'd be utterly fucked.

So, fuck you back, you douche bag.

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Response to longship (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 10:13 AM

8. Great post n/t

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:10 PM

5. I wonder what kind of compromise they will get.

They just act crazier and crazier hoping for the compromise.

There is always a compromise.

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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 05:08 AM

6. Please support Rob Zerban, running against Ryan in Wisconsin District 1...

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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 05:43 AM

7. He's asshole #1 in my book. nt

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