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Friday, October 21, 2016

The House of Representatives passed Paul Ryan’s controversial “Path to Prosperity” budget on Thursday, in a 219 to 205 vote — 12 Republicans joined the Democratic minority in opposing the plan.

The plan, which would slash $5.1 trillion from the budget over 10 years, has no chance of becoming law given the Democrats’ control of the Senate and White House. Still, it does provide a clear picture of the Republican Party’s austere priorities.

According to the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 69 percent of the budget’s non-defense cuts would come from programs that benefit Americans with low or moderate incomes. That includes $137 billion in cuts to SNAP, up to $125 billion in cuts to Pell grants, and about $250 billion in still-unspecified cuts (of which CBPP conservatively estimates that $150 billion will hit low-income programs). It would also cut $732 billion from Medicaid while turning it into a block-grant program, and radically change Medicare by converting it into a premium-support voucher system. And while the poor and elderly bear the brunt of the cuts, Ryan’s plan would provide millionaires with an average annual tax cut of at least $200,000.

Democrats have made no secret of their desire to make November’s elections a referendum on Ryan’s budget (as opposed to President Obama, or the Affordable Care Act).

“It’s a tough climate for us right now,” Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said shortly after the budget’s release. “But this budget helps change the narrative.”

“The Republican budget — that will define the next seven months,” he added. “With this budget, Republicans are turning their back[s] on the middle class.”

Similarly, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee quickly launched a campaign dubbing Ryan’s plan the “Koch budget.”

Ryan’s budget could play an especially prominent role in tight Senate races in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, and Louisiana, where House Republicans are attempting to move to the upper chamber.

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  • Lynda Groom

    Well what a surprise. Double down, and now triple down on the same old DOA dream budget. What a waste of time and our money pushing this idiotic proposal. Ryan needs to deal with the realities of the modern world and stop putting out ideologically driven manifestoes.

  • Jerpell

    So when are we supposed to start living within our means?….Ahh…We have almost 18 trillion dollars of debt pay off, when do we start paying off this major threat to our countries prosperity?

    • awoosoul

      Hey that’s a good idea, can you tell me then why the Bush administration refused to pay for the two wars they got us into and passed that debt on the the next administration. If we were really interested in austerity, shouldn’t we have been a little more pragmatic about Iraq. Nothing has changed there except for more chaos and yet we spent billions and over a couple hundred thousand lives were lost. At least Obama doesn’t shoot from the hip and wants to exhaust all diplomatic solutions first. Had we done that in Iraq, think of how many lives would have been saved and we could have used that money for building our own faltering infrastructure.

    • jointerjohn

      And just how does cutting taxes on millionaires help with that? Billions in subsidies to high-profit corporations? Ryan and the republicans don’t go after that. Phoneys the whole lot. If you want to hear from someone who knows how to do it, and did it, talk to Bill Clinton. See what he recommends. He doesn’t support Ryan’s approach.

    • Kansan

      I see you’ve wandered off the WND reservation, troll.

      How should we judge you? Besides all your other ravings, how’s this?:

      Ebola spreads panic in West Africa

      Jerpell • 7 days ago

      Those people walk around in their own garbage like its a park!…..No wonder there is disease!

    • DennisRL

      First of all, name me one country that has went down this austerity road and came out the better. NOT ONE! And even if you discount that and believe it would work, it would have a lot more credibility if this ‘budget’ would ask the wealthy to also sacrifice, but it doesn’t and therefore has no credibility. No one is saying we don’t need to lower the debt. But this isn’t the way to do it. Any economist will tell you that what needs to happen is to improve the economy by generating more jobs thus creating more tax revenue. That along with judicious proper cuts to the budget that doesn’t disproportionately affect the middle and lower class is the way to go.

    • DurdyDawg

      Well definitely not by murdering a part of society that Ryan, the wealthy and the GOP seem to view as irrelevant.. Cutting needed programs for the unproductive moochers and middle class whiners, the poor and elderly then give tax breaks to the unproductive wealthy in my opinion is selective murder. Why do we continue to tolerate thugs and useless representatives while turning our backs on well meaning politicians with all Americans interest at heart is beyond me. Personally I’m fed up with this five going on eight year war on workers that the GOP has instigated from Obama’s first day in office. We need to stop seeing these people as helpers and start replacing them WITH helpers and if they refuse to help then vote their lazy ass out and keep trying until politicians realize that they will not be tolerated if they do not represent Americans of all classes. Tell your heros to cut back on those fat cat entitlements and you’ll see that it will drastically reduce the debt that you want the poor and elderly to be burdened with.

      • CPAinNewYork

        Good point DurdyDawg: Why do the aged middle class and poor continue to vote Republican?

        The answer that I get from those who bother to answer is that the aged middle class and poor are stupid. How does one save stupid people from their stupidity?

        • DurdyDawg

          Well, not all are stupid, only the one’s who get out and vote.. the non-voting dem majority are merely lazy or want someone, anyone to rule the coop as they have fallen for the oppositions BS that one vote doesn’t count and coming back to the stupid aged middle class voter, why are they so stupid? Here’s one reason:

    • JPHALL

      So you agree with the House Republicans / Tpers that the middle and poorer classes continue to pay for the tax breaks for the richest Americans. Wouldn’t it make more sense to cut spending and increase revenue than to increase spending while reducing revenues and trying to make them from those with the least?

      • CPAinNewYork

        No. You cannot get out of a recession by adopting an austerity program.

  • Kansan

    Ryan’s “budget” is no more grounded in reality that his theatrics, repeated 50 or more times, to repeal the ACA.

    It’s ideology.

    Ironically, he’s not right wing enough enough (nor is McConnell) to satisfy the raving ranting Teaturds.

  • mah101

    “while the poor and elderly bear the brunt of the cuts, Ryan’s plan would
    provide millionaires with an average annual tax cut of at least $200,000”.

    And there you have it, folks. The Republican raison d’etre

    • ken pifer

      It’s hilarious you liberals can’t get your lies, or so called facts straight. Seeing I am a registered democrat that no longer want to be part of the new communist party that the DNC has become, I still get multiple donation requests. Here’s an excerpt from one just a few hours ago.

      “This might be the worst Ryan Budget yet: Rachel Maddow reports that it would “replace Medicare,…[and] repeal the Affordable Care Act, taking coverage away from millions, while slashing Medicaid” — and raise taxes on the middle class to pay for an $87,000 tax break for millionaires and billionaires like the Koch brothers.”
      So is it $87k or $200k? That’s ok. I know that numbers are always very, very flexible with liberals, just like facts are.

      • mah101

        Do you have a point to make in response to my comment?

        • DurdyDawg

          Yes, his point is “which is the truth? $200.000.00 or $87,000.00” as if the one would be preferred over the other, never getting the ‘real’ point. It always astounds me that when one thing is said, if someone hears another quote and they don’t like the first one, they assume the quote they gravitated toward has more merit when both could be wrong until official disclosure emerges..Oh wait! That would be too late for these nit picking knuckle-draggers.

    • CPAinNewYork

      The revolution will come and the rich will be slaughtered. Unfortunately, violent revolutions sometimes bring in rulers that are tyrants, not leaders.

  • Concerned50

    Check for yourself… who is telling the truth about what is best for the American people, and what the American people want! Competing Visions: President Obama, Rep. Paul Ryan, and House Progressives Release Budget Proposals for 2015

    4-10-14: The House on Thursday passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) final budget in a 219 to 205 vote.

    * Republicans say today – for the fourth year in a row – House Republicans passed a jobs budget. This common-sense plan: Cuts more than $5 trillion in federal spending and achieves balance in 10 years Repeals the president’s broken health care law Overhauls the tax code to boost wages and make manufacturers more competitive Protects critical programs like Medicare and Social Security, and more.

    *Democrats say Republicans that voted for the Ryan Budget this morning, proving that thay are out of touch with the middle class families. House Republicans chose billionaires over Americans when thay voted to make seniors pay $6,000 in out of pocket expenses for Medicare, while giving an average of over $200,000 in tax cuts to the top 1%. House Republicans have done irreparable damage to American seniors and the middle class today. They voted to raise Medicare costs and cut
    taxes for millionaires. That’s just wrong. Republicans supports tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, while putting the burden of our debt on the backs of seniors and the middle class. The Ryan budget breaks the promises we’ve made to current and future retirees. We need to balance our budget, but when we make a promise to our seniors, we need to keep it. It’s that simple.

  • 1standlastword

    Is this not a pure example of Einstein’s definition of insanity or is he testing the waters for what might be his inheritance as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee….Look out America

  • CPAinNewYork

    We all know that Paul Ryan is a piece of crap. Don’t get angry over his budget. Just get even by voting him out of office.

  • ChristoD

    Folks don’t get all caught up in this FRAUD called the Ryan budget. In the Naples (Florida) Daily News two days ago, His Excellency Ryan was quoted as saying ‘it is ONLY a budget. The REAL test will be when it comes time to CUT funding ala House votes on EACH program in the budget and history shows that REPUBLCIANS have not been united on this front and in fact have shown that they WON’T make the necessary choices to cut spending’. So there you have it. This is theater at it’s obnoxious best/worst. They KNOW it is a fraud just like their 40 something votes to repeal ObamaCare. They are PROVEN gutless frauds who are all talk and NO action. By the way, I just figured out why they hate ObamaCare. They are PETRIFIED that it will work and it will mean a phenominal victory for the Democrats and are creating a panic setting ala misinformation, lies and total fraudulent claims to try and do anything they can to derail this LEGALLY PASSED LEGISLATION.

  • highpckts

    Good Lord! Even the GOP struggled with this budget!! Ryan is an arrogant SOB for pushing the same budget that lost him any credibility!