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Paul Ryan's Socially Destructive Agenda

Ryan and like-minded Republicans and Democrats want social America destroyed.

by Stephen Lendman

Ryan and other Republican House Budget Committee members call it "The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal."

Key is gutting vital programs millions of Americans rely on. Ryan wants Medicare privatized as well as Medicaid, food stamps, and and other entitlement programs ended.

Later, he wants Social Security privatized en route to ending it altogether.

Medicaid is welfare for low-income beneficiaries. Washington and states co-fund it. It's managed at the state level.

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Social Security and Medicare are insurance programs, not entitlements. Worker-employer payroll tax deductions fund them. They're contractual federal obligations to eligible recipients. Gutting them is irresponsible and socially destructive. Like Republicans, Obama and most Democrats are committed to doing it.

Social security provides vital retirement, disability, survivorship, and death benefits. It's America's most effective poverty reduction program. It's worked remarkably well since inception.

It's the debt, stupid, America's "fiscal cliff," they claim. Gutting social programs assures unrestricted military spending, maintaining tax cuts for rich elites, cutting amounts corporations pay, and sustaining handouts to bankers and other corporate favorites.

It's not going bankrupt. When properly administered, it's sound and secure. It needs only modest adjustments at times to assure it.

Medicare is America's largest health insurance program. Millions of seniors, disabled people under age 65, and other eligible recipients rely on it.

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Ryan wants social spending cut to 1949 levels. Around $5 trillion is proposed for starters over the next decade. Doing so will create jobs and promote growth, he claims. His budget balancing plan falls on the backs of ordinary people.

His program assures America's resources go to rich elites, bankers, war profiteers, and other corporate favorites.

"Prioritize national security by preventing deep, indiscriminate cuts to defense," he says.

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This is not a Republican plan.  It is a plan ... by Patricia Gray on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 9:34:19 AM