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A Paul Ryan ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘What Paul Ryan’s budget actually cuts — and by how much’

Imagine being a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children planning on going to college buying a house………………and then every year spending less and less and less to just maintain it, to just maintain your cars, less and less on food, medical and education.

What do you imagine your family would look like in 10 years?

‘Over the next decade, Ryan plans to spend about 16 percent less than the White House on “income security” programs for the poor — that’s everything from food stamps to housing assistance to the earned-income tax credit’.

‘(Ryan’s budget would authorize $4.8 trillion between 2013 and 2022; the White House’s would spend $5.7 trillion.)’

‘Compared with Obama, Ryan would spend 25 percent less on transportation’.

‘He’d spend 6 percent less on “General science, space, and basic technology.”

‘And, compared with the White House’s proposal, he’d shell out 33 percent less for “Education, training, employment, and social services.”
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A Paul Ryan ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Dramatic video: 71-year-old taken to the ground for questioning Paul Ryan

‘This took place last fall at one of Congressman Rep. Ryan’s “Pay to Play” town hall meetings where he was discussing cutting Senior’s Social Security, and Medicare as a means of debt reduction. As you might imagine, one senior was not pleased’.

Ryan: “Most of our debt in the future comes from our entitlement programs.”

Senior citizen: “Hey, (Garbled; Ryan continues to speak). I paid into that for 50 years, my unemployment and my Social Security and my Medicare, and now you’re gonna…” At this point you hear the police who are dragging him out shouting, “on the ground, on the ground”.

‘Ryan then jokes, “I hope he’s taken his blood-pressure medication”, and the room laughs with him’.

‘To make a joke as a senior citizen is being shoved to the ground for vocalizing their concerns and questions to their Congressman Representative reveals much about Ryan’s character’.
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‘The Coming Democratic Attack Barrage’

By David Frum.

‘The likely script of the next attack ad. A woman in her later 40s, looking worried at a kitchen table. She’s probably vaguely Latino; the photos on her refrigerator (kids, no dad) suggest a single mom’.

‘A woman’s voice over. “You’ve worked hard all your life. You’ve paid Medicare taxes for almost 30 years. But under the Republican plan, Medicare won’t be there for you. Instead of Medicare as it exists now, under the Republican plan you’ll get a voucher that will pay as little as half your Medicare costs when you turn 65—and as little as a quarter in your 80s. And all so that millionaires and billionaires can have a huge tax cut.”

‘That ad will draw blood and will—as Henry Kissinger used to say—have the additional merit of being true’.
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‘Obama gets his target with pick of Ryan’

It’s the target that so many of us have wanted. Running against the Republican Obstructionist Congress.

See : ‘Poll: 70% Of Tea Partiers Oppose Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid’
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‘Swing voters want their Social Security, Medicare and good government’
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‘Romney Slams Obama For Medicare Cuts In Ryan’s Budget’
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‘Florida GOP voters: Don’t cut Medicare, Social Security’
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‘HILL POLL: Majority of voters reject Medicare cuts to reduce deficits’
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And we’re not going to be fooled by Mitt Romney saying – ‘Romney Says He’s Running on His Budget, Not Ryan’s’.

Grover Norquist :

“All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it”.
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And of course Romney won’t stand up to them :

‘‘Mitt Romney refused to condemn Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other Republicans who have alleged that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is part of a Muslim Brotherhood’.
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‘‘Romney refused to directly repudiate Donald Trump’s claims that President Obama was born in Kenya’.
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‘‘He also wouldn’t decry Rush Limbaugh for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut”’.
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‘‘And he refused to speak out against social conservatives who opposed his decision to hire an openly-gay national security spokesperson’.
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Romney will effectively be a figurehead with a pen in his hand waiting for Paurl Ryan and Grover Norquist to tell him what to sign.

‘For more than a year, President Obama has been trying to run against Paul Ryan and House Republicans’.

‘And now — with Ryan’s selection as Mitt Romney’s running mate — he is’.

‘It started in April of last year when the president invited the Wisconsin congressman and House Budget Committee chairman to hear his speech on fiscal policy at George Washington University here in Washington’.

‘Asking Ryan to be there might have seemed like a gesture of good will toward Ryan, who had just weeks earlier unveiled his controversial budget’.

‘Instead, sitting in the front row, Ryan listened as his plan — and by extension Ryan himself — was eviscerated by the president of the United States’.

‘For all of the policy discussion that will happen over the next several weeks, and deep dives into Ryan’s budget, the episode highlights that politics can be awfully personal. It also began the president’s year-long effort to draw a very distinct line between his vision for the country and that of congressional Republicans, led by Ryan and his budget after the 2010 GOP midterm sweep of the House. With Congress’ abysmal ratings, it was an easy foil’.

‘Obama swatted at that vision during the George Washington University speech’.

“It’s a vision that says if our roads crumble and our bridges collapse, we can’t afford to fix them,” Obama said. “If there are bright young Americans who have the drive and the will but not the money to go to college, we can’t afford to send them. … It’s a vision that says America can’t afford to keep the promise we’ve made to care for our seniors.”

‘He went on, slamming the plan on health care, education, clean energy and tax breaks for the wealthy’.

“[W]orst of all,” Obama declared, “this is a vision that says even though Americans can’t afford to invest in education at current levels, or clean energy, even though we can’t afford to maintain our commitment on Medicare and Medicaid, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about that. …”

“This vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America. Ronald Reagan’s own budget director said there’s nothing ‘serious’ or ‘courageous’ about this plan.”
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Romney/Ryan 2012 – ‘Mitt Romney Would Pay 0.82 Percent in Taxes Under Paul Ryan’s Plan’

‘Under Paul Ryan’s plan, Mitt Romney wouldn’t pay any taxes for the next ten years — or any of the years after that. Now, do I know that that’s true. Yes, I’m certain’.

‘Well, maybe not quite nothing. In 2010 — the only year we have seen a full return from him — Romney would have paid an effective tax rate of around 0.82 percent under the Ryan plan, rather than the 13.9 percent he actually did’.

‘How would someone with more than $21 million in taxable income pay so little? Well, the vast majority of Romney’s income came from capital gains, interest, and dividends. And Ryan wants to eliminate all taxes on capital gains, interest and dividends’.

‘Romney did earn $593,996 in author and speaking fees in 2010 that would still be taxed under the Ryan plan. Just not much’.

‘Ryan would cut the top marginal tax rate from 35 to 25 percent and get rid of the Alternative Minimum Tax — saving Romney another $292,389 or so on his 2010 tax bill’.

‘Now, Romney would still owe self-employment taxes on his author and speaking fees, but that only amounts to $29,151’.

‘Add it all up, and Romney would have paid $177,650 out of a taxable income of $21,661,344, for a cool effective rate of 0.82 percent’.
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Mitt Romney – President of the 1%

What is Mitt Romney Hiding? – ‘Romney Campaign Requested ‘Several’ Years of Tax Returns of VP Contenders’

The problem being that Mitt Romney HASN’T released his FULL return for 2010.
See : ‘Mitt Romney Taxes For 2010 Not Fully Disclosed’
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Mitt Romney showed Senator John McCain TWENTRY THREE YEARS of tax returns and won’t even show Americans 1 full year.
See : ‘Real issue with Romney’s tax returns: his attitude toward us’
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CHARLOTTE – ‘Mitt Romney requested “several” years of tax returns from his potential running mates, a senior adviser to the candidate said Saturday, suggesting that those considered for the ticket may have been required to reveal more financial documents that the candidate himself’.

‘In a briefing with reporters in Virginia Saturday, senior adviser Beth Myers, who was charged with headed the vice president selection process, declined to specify exactly how many years of tax returns were required, saying only that “several” were requested’.

‘Several, by definition, implies more than two years’.

‘And while Romney’s own father, George Romney, released 12 years of tax returns during his bid for the presidency, the candidate today cites Sen. John McCain as the one who set the precedent to release just two years’.
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Mitt Romney on record – ‘Cryin’ uncle on Bain and Taxes’

Mitt Romney –
“[O]ur campaign would be– helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon– business or family or taxes or things of that nature.”
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But…but I thought you were PROUD of your time at Bain?
See : ‘Romney defends Bain position as Obama keeps pressing’
‘Asked about this, Romney said he was “very proud of the record I had in my business career.”
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You have, as you’ve said over and over and over and over, 25 YEARS of BUSINESS experience at BAIN and THAT is why YOU know how to TURN THE ECONOMY AROUND!
See : ‘Romney campaign welcomes debate on Bain and jobs’
“Look, we’re happy to compare Governor Romney’s record of success — both at the state house in Massachusetts, and as a businessman for 25 years in the private sector”.
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From your time at BAIN!

And I’m sure it would help your campaign if no one mentioned your releasing only part of 1 year of tax returns.
See : ‘Questions Regarding Mitt Romney And His Tax Returns’
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So we can start talking about issues. Like the budget you released that would raise taxes on the middle class while giving tax breaks to the wealthy and increase the dbet by $5 TRILLION dollars!
See : ‘Tax Policy Center study shows Romney tax cut plan is ‘mathematically impossible’
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Blog Running – ‘Paul Ryan is No Deficit Hawk’


Great stuff over at Wonk Wire –

‘Ezra Klein says there is a “misconception” about Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) policy goals: “He is not primarily interested in reducing the deficit or cutting federal spending. He has voted to increase deficits and expand government spending too many times for that to be the case. Rather, the common thread throughout his career is his desire to remake the basic architecture of the the federal government.”

“Take Ryan’s budget. It’s most famous for cutting entitlement programs, particularly Medicare. But that’s not primarily what it does… The truth is that the Ryan budget’s largest long-term savings don’t come from Medicaid or Medicare or Social Security, or even Medicaid and Medicare and Social Security put together. They come from everything else… Ryan is also known as having a deep allergy to debt. But such a concern isn’t evident in his voting record…”

“But the real north star of Ryan’s policy record isn’t deficits or spending, though he often uses those concerns in service of his agenda. It’s radically reforming the way the federal government provides public services, usually by privatizing or devolving those public services away from the federal government.”

‘Jonathan Chait points out that Ryan “spent the entire Bush administration either supporting the administration’s deficit-increasing policies, or proposing alternative policies that would have created much higher deficits than even Bush could stomach, but came away from it with a reputation as the ultimate champion of fiscal responsibility.”

‘Similarly, Paul Krugman says that “anyone who believes in Ryan’s carefully cultivated image as a brave, honest policy wonk has been snookered… he is, in fact, a big fraud, who doesn’t care at all about fiscal responsibility, and whose policy proposals are sloppy as well as dishonest. Of course, this means that he’ll fit in to the Romney campaign just fine.”

‘Rep. Paul Ryan Addresses The Ripon Society’

According to Paul Ryan, the opposite of a ‘social welfare State’ is ‘good luck’.

Medicare was put in place so that senior citizens in the ‘greatest Nation on Earth’ would NOT have to make a choice between their health and having a roof over their head, food to eat.

I’m old enough to remember what it was like for some retired people.

Why, why put the profits of insurance companies ABOVE the ‘General Welfare’ of senior citizens?

‘The folks at the Ripon Society passed along this video of Paul Ryan addressing the group in March 2010, in which he ripped President Obama’s agenda as “Bismarckian” and said he and congressional Democrats had a vision that was “antithetic to the vision of America.”

“It is really more of a wholesale replacement of the American idea with a social welfare state,” he said’.
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