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Paul Ryan's Socially Destructive Agenda

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Paul Ryan's Socially Destructive Agenda


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

by Stephen Lendman

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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.

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

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.

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