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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:31 AM
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WaPo's Dana Milbank: Paul Ryan's Dogmatic Budget
Paul Ryans dogmatic budget

By Dana Milbank, Tuesday, April , 7:19 PM

This is not a budget, Paul Ryan said as he introduced the Republicans 10-year budget plan. This is a cause.

Truer words have never been spoken.

The document released by the chairman of the House Budget Committee isnt a serious budget proposal because it fails at the central mission of ending the deficit and taming the debt.

Without question, Ryan makes some severe cuts: Taking hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid, ending the Medicare entitlement, and slashing planned spending on transportation, energy, education, veterans benefits, agriculture payments, counterterrorism and more.

Yet for all these cuts, the Republicans plan increases the federal debt by more than $8 trillion over the next 10 years, and it continues federal budget deficits until nearly 2040. Under the proposed balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that Ryan and his Republican colleagues claim to support, Ryans budget wouldnt be in compliance for at least the next quarter century.

How could the House Republicans make such enormous cuts and yet not solve the debt crisis? Simple: Ryans proposal isnt a budget. Its a manifesto for the anti-tax cause. The GOP plan reduces the governments revenues by $4 trillion over 10 years because of tax cuts, including a lower top rate for businesses and the wealthy.

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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:36 AM
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1. If Milbank is so blatant at calling
Ryan's puke manifesto a scam you know it's got to be pretty pathetic. He's normally not quite so quick to hammer Republican ideas IIRC is he?
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:39 AM
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2. Indeed! Worth a read in its entirety.
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