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.
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.
Social security provides vital retirement, disability, survivorship,
and death benefits. It's America's most effective poverty reduction
program. It's worked remarkably well since inception.
It's the debt, stupid, America's "fiscal cliff," they claim. Gutting
social programs assures unrestricted military spending, maintaining
tax cuts for rich elites, cutting amounts corporations pay, and sustaining
handouts to bankers and other corporate favorites.
It's not going bankrupt. When properly administered, it's sound and
secure. It needs only modest adjustments at times to assure it.
Medicare is America's largest health insurance program. Millions of
seniors, disabled people under age 65, and other eligible recipients
rely on it.
Ryan wants social spending cut to 1949 levels. Around $5 trillion is
proposed for starters over the next decade. Doing so will create jobs
and promote growth, he claims. His budget balancing plan falls on the
backs of ordinary people.
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 says.
Repeal Obamacare. "Advance bipartisan solutions that take power away
from government bureaucrats and put patients in control."
Last March, the House adopted a budget resolution. It adopted much of
what Ryan proposed. Ten Republicans opposed him. They want bigger cuts.
Democrats endorse slightly less austere ones than Ryan. America's poor,
disadvantaged, and moderate income earners are largely shut out of his
In 2011, he proposed eliminating Medicare altogether. It passed the
House but not the Senate.
Ryan claims his plan is responsible deficit cutting. The late Bob Chapman
disagreed. He envisioned no change in out-of-control spending. The deficit
will accelerate, not shrink, he explained.
Ryan's plan reshuffles the deck chairs. Most of what's cut is redirected
to America's wealthy and corporate favorites. Lawmakers know exactly
what they're doing, said Chapman. The nation is headed for Banana Republic
status, he explained.
He saw no reality checking, no restraint, no attempt to stop deficit
hemorrhaging, and no control over America's war machine. He called forced
austerity a formula for "economic chaos."
Criminals are running the country. Annual $1 - 2 trillion deficits will
persist for years. Debt amounts are so great, they won't be paid. Limits
will be raised. Social spending cuts will grow until America's safety
net is entirely gutted.
Gradualism is how he'll do it. A bipartisan majority agrees. Ryan's
plan follows recommendations from Obama's two deficit cutting commissions.
Simpson/Bowles and Dominici/Rivlin proposed "restoring America's future"
by destroying it for ordinary households hit hardest.
Instead of stimulus when it's most needed, they want America's poor,
disadvantaged, and others of limited means bearing the burden of America's
war machine and letting super-rich elites get richer. Greater inequality
and poverty are assured.
Their ideal society is no fit place to live in. Ryan's "Path to Prosperity"
wants America returned to 19th century harshness. His entire agenda
reflects reactionary extremism. Legislation he proposes is corporate
Agribusiness is favored over small farmers. Free trade is unfair. Education
plans want public schools privatized. Everything government does, business
does better, he believes. Energy policy supports dangerous nuclear technology
and drill baby drill.
Environmental concerns are subordinated to profits. Healthcare proposals
favor the best money can buy for those who can afford it. Homeland Security
is about keeping America safe by militarizing it. War on terror strategy
hypes fear to enlist support for Pentagon and homeland priorities.
Immigration plans call for keeping out and removing millions not wanted.
Tax policy makes ordinary people bear the burden for maximum business
and super-rich benefits.
Ryan's position on these and other issues cynically supports the top
1% at the expense of everyone else. He represents Wisconsin's 1st congressional
district. Elected in November 1998, he's in his 7th term in Congress.
He chairs the House Budget Committee. He's one of three Young Guns Program
co-founders. It recruits hardline candidates for Congress. Romney chose
Ryan as his running mate partner. They call themselves "America's Comeback
"Paul is a man of tremendous character," Romney said. He's "the right
man to lead America back to prosperity and greatness." He manipulated
Tea Party anger into budget priorities.
He's wealthy and doesn't care. He's ranked America's 124th richest House
representative. He's worth an estimated $3.2 million.
He's ideologically far-right. He's an economic warrior representing
wealth and power. He and Romney are two sides of the same coin. Democrats
hardly differ. They're in lockstep on issues mattering most.
Ryan is more hard right than most ideological extremists. He favors
two tax brackets - 25 and 10%. He wants corporate taxes cut from 35
- 25% or lower. Ideally he'd like them eliminated altogether along with
others on capital gains, dividends, interest, and estates.
He deplores social spending. He calls Social Security a Ponzi scheme.
His job creation ideas assures destroying millions of them. He supports
socialism for the rich and free market capitalism for working folks.
No corporation left behind is policy. No social program too many destroyed
permits it. Bankers and other other business predators love Ryan. He's
their kind of guy. Romney/Ryan is their ticket.
They're as comfortable with Obama. He gave them everything they want
and then some. Everything isn't enough. They want more. Stealing it
from ordinary folks is how. Romney's on board to do it. So is Ryan.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized
Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"
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