Paul Ryan's At It Again
by Stephen Lendman
He's a first class scoundrel.
He represents Wisconsin's first congressional district. He was Romney's vice presidential running mate. He's House Budget Committee chairman. Wall Street Journal editors love him.
On March 12, they headlined " A Ryan Reboot ," saying:
His FY 2014 proposal is "an important document, even if it has no chance of becoming law this year, because it reaches for that elusive thing in Washington - realistic solutions to the country's problems."
A convoluted explanation followed. Journal editors want budget balancing on the backs of ordinary people. Ryan wants it done faster than he earlier proposed. He wants America's social contract destroyed.
He claims doing so increases economic growth. His reasoning is upside down. He wants tax cuts for rich elites left untouched. He wants corporations getting a free lunch.
He explained in a same day Journal op-ed, headlined " Paul Ryan: The GOP Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023 ." More on that below.
Last August, he and other Republican House Budget Committee members presented "The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal."
Gutting vital programs millions of Americans rely on was proposed. Ryan wants Medicare privatized. He wants Medicaid, food stamps, and other entitlement programs ended.
He wants Social Security privatized later. Eventually he wants it ended. He wants social spending cut to 1949 levels. He wants $5 trillion (largely from domestic programs) cut over the next decade.
He claims doing so promotes growth and creates jobs. He wants budget balancing on the backs of ordinary people. America's poor, most disadvantaged, and moderate earners are hurt most. Ryan dismissively doesn't care.
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 said.
Repeal Obamacare. "Advance bipartisan solutions that take power away from government bureaucrats and put patients in control."