Republican credentials for budgeting unqualified
“Ryan briefly worked during college for the Oscar Mayer meat and cold cut production company as a Wienermobile driver. He went on to graduate from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a B.A. in economics and political science in 1992. Ryan also studied at the Washington Semester program at American University. Ryan was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity.
Ryan worked as a marketing consultant to an earth-moving company run by a branch of his family after he returned to Wisconsin from Washington, D.C.”
He marketed bulldozing services for seven years after graduating from college with a degree in economics and political science, before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1999. That’s it. He is grossly unqualified to be Chairing the House Budget Committee. He is a lifer politician for crying out loud.
Republicans are defrauding American voters with this sort of representation.
“House GOP unveil election-year budget blueprint cutting $5.3T beyond Obama plan
By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 11:52 AM
WASHINGTON — Conservative House Republicans on Tuesday set up what appears to be a potential re-run of last year’s turbulent domestic policy fight with President Barack Obama, putting forward an election-year budget manifesto that would blend steep social program cuts with reduced tax rates.
The GOP plan released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would, if enacted into law, wrestle the deficit to a manageable size in short order, but only by cutting Medicaid, food stamps, Pell Grants and a host of other programs that Obama has promised to protect.
To deal with the influx of retiring Baby Boomers, the GOP budget reprises a controversial approach to overhauling Medicare that would switch the program — for those under 55 today — from a traditional “fee for service” framework in which the government pays doctor and hospital bills to a voucherlike “premium support” approach in which the government subsidizes purchases of health insurance.
Republicans say the new approach forces competition upon a wasteful health care system, lowering cost increases and giving senior more options. But Democratic opponents of the idea say the new system — designed by Ryan and liberal Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon — cuts costs too steeply and would provide the elderly with a steadily shrinking menu of options and higher out-of-pocket costs.
“If you want to save Medicare and keep it from going bankrupt, you must reform the program, and that’s what we intend to do,” countered Ryan, R-Wis.s
Even as Ryan was describing his plan to reporters, it became election-year fodder for both parties.
“The House budget once again fails the test of balance, fairness, and shared responsibility,” White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in a written statement charging that the GOP proposal would dole out tax cuts to rich while protecting tax breaks for oil companies and hedge fund managers.
“What’s worse is that all of these tax breaks would be paid for by undermining Medicare and the very things we need to grow our economy and the middle class — things like education, basic research, and new sources of energy,” Pfeiffer said.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, predicted strong support for Ryan’s budget. He also defended Ryan’s proposal to cut agency spending below an amount that both parties agreed to in last year’s compromise that extended the government’s authority to borrow money.
“We all know that we’ve got a real fiscal problem here in Washington, and frankly we think we can do better,” Boehner told reporters.
This year’s GOP measure would produce deficit estimates that are significantly lower than a comparable measure passed by the House a year ago, claiming deficit cuts totaling $3.3 trillion — spending cuts of $5.3 trillion tempered by $2 trillion in lower taxes — below Obama over the coming decade. The deficit in 2015, for example, would drop to about $300 billion from $1.2 trillion for the current budget year. Last year’s GOP draft called for a 2015 deficit more than $100 billion higher.”