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Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Paul Ryan has offered up a budget and boy is it a doozie. He keeps the $716 billion dollar savings that Obamacare gets from Medicare. First thing we have to do is give the really rich a tax cut. For people making over 400k a year we are going to cut the marginal tax rate from 39.6% to 25%. Ryan's people will be really happy about that. The poor and middle class (the takers) will all have to pay a little more, bump up to a 10% marginal tax rate, it's only fair.

But Paul is not done, we need to cut aid to the poor as well. Repeal the Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act. Cut food stamps and other social programs $962 +billion dollars. Privatize Medicare and shift Medicaid to the states as a block grant and give them the power to rescind benefits as they see fit while you underfund them. You know Rick Perry will do what is right for the people of his state. If a poor sucker falls through the net, well it's on them. The Kaiser Foundation, according to Ezra Klein, estimates that 35 million Americans will lose health care coverage if the Ryan plan were to go through. Losers.

While Ryan once said that the past election was a referendum on such matters, don't think he is going to stop the good fight:

"The election didn't go our way. Believe me, I know what that feels like," he said. "That means we surrender our principles? That means we stop believing what we believe in? Look, whether the country intended it or not, we have divided government. We have the second largest House majority we've had since World War II. And what we believe in this divided government era, we need to put up our vision (read obstruct)."
He also suggested maybe voters did agree with the GOP.
"Are a lot of these solutions very popular, and did we win these arguments in the campaign? Some of us think so," Ryan said.

Paul and Mitt may have lost the election but they feel that they won the arguments and that should count for something. The war obviously ain't over.

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