Sunday, August 26, 2012


ACTUALLY......  A long time ago the media decided that Paul Ryan was an honest, reasonable, serious conservative and that his proposals were somewhat worthy even if you don't like him. Well, guess what, he isn't honest and not reasonable.  He may be a conservative, but the majority of the people simply don't like him. He has this super-duper budget he's proposed that will make us think in 10 years we've all risen to a better life.

Mr. Ryan proposes big cuts in tax rates - on top income brackets and corporations. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center did the math, and the revenue loss from these cuts comes to $4.3 trillion over the next 10 years.

Mr. Ryan also has proposed large cuts in Medicaid.  He wants to turn this program over to the states while reducing funding under the current policy.  (He hasn't given us the plan for the states to fund this project, which they can't unless they receive that funding from another source.) That saves about $800 billion.  He proposes huge cuts in food stamps (another real blow to the poor) saving perhaps another $130 billion in addition to a variety of other cuts including reduced aid to college students.  We're at about $1 trillion with these cuts. He is also including the $716 billion in Medicare savings that are part of Obamacare (he wants to "get rid" of everything else in that act). 

Now, if Paul Ryan's proposals were calculated , we have $4.3 trillion in tax cuts, offset by about $1.7 trillion in spending cuts  -  remember the tax cuts benefit the top 1% and the spending cuts would be taken away from low-income families.  Over all, the deficit would be increased by around two and half trillion dollars.

Here are some examples of his not being reasonable:  He says he will offset the tax cuts by getting rid of enough tax deductions to make up the lost revenue, which deductions - he won't say:  he says he has a secret tax and spending plan which will turn his total plan into deficit reduction - shhh, he won't say. The Ryan plan would end Medicare as we know it, and the nations fiscal future is often equivalent to slashing Medicare and Social Security. The Ryan plan would most assuredly increase, not reduce, the deficit.

He's not a serious conservative, he's a rebel rousing, obnoxious, loud mouth, trouble maker.