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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:51 AM

Paul Ryan Takes To Talk Radio To Defend Fiscal Cliff Vote

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) joined a minority of his fellow House Republicans this week in voting for the fiscal cliff deal that allowed tax rates to rise on the top one percent of taxpayers. For the next two days, he took to the conservative talk radio circuit in order to defend that vote.

“We had been hit with a $4.4 trillion dollar tax increase yesterday, and I had the opportunity to knock it down by $3.8 trillion dollars,” Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt Wednesday. Since tax rates had already reverted back to Clinton-era levels for everyone once the vote took place January 1, he argued, he was actually voting to cut taxes.

In addition to allowing tax rates to rise on income over $400,000 for individuals ($450,000 for households), many conservatives, including the 151 Republican representatives who did not back the bill, also took issue with the deal because it lacked serious spending cuts and entitlement reform measures.

But Ryan pushed back against this line of criticism as well. With the tax issue to bed, Ryan said, House Republicans would have significant leverage to demand spending and entitlement cuts in exchange for a raise in the federal debt ceiling projected to take place in two months.

“That’s what we’re all working on strategizing,” Ryan said. “How do we get the most of spending cuts and reforms during this debt debate?”

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:09 AM

1. I bet the teabaggeratti are spanking him so he came out to make them stop

LOL! Why else would he bother.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:10 AM

2. The framing is great

by the so called "liberal" media ...

Rs who voted for it cut taxes.

Ds who voted for it, and the President raised taxes.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:25 AM

3. Newflash Paulie boy

you just go ahead and debate with youself and the rest of the GOP. We've been thru this before with you and the GOP only to have your strategy degrade us to the rest of the world and again bring harm to this country and econmy that is struggling. One question Paulie boy "where are the JOBS"?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:16 AM

4. Paul Ryan is useless. The Bush tax breaks expired. Pres. O pushed for tax breaks for first 400k.

Quit trying to make yourself look helpfull to America or Americans Mr. Ryan, the testosterone creams are going to your head.

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