Sunday, April 1, 2012

Romney Backs Ryan's Cruel Budget

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has a zeal for gutting programs for the poor and transferring the savings to the wealthiest. Similar to his 2011 plan to destroy Medicare and Medicaid, Ryan put forth a budget, passed in the House along party lines, that resembles his previous right-wing wish list. Mitt Romney, the eventual Republican presidential nominee, enthusiastically endorsed it. No surprise there, since Romney said that he's "not concerned about the very poor." Ryan's budget, though, shows ample concern for one percenters like Romney. A New York Times editorial considered the Romney-Ryan alliance. Excerpts from "A Cruel Budget":

...The biggest of the cuts would be to Medicaid, the joint federal and state program that is already gasping for money in many states that put a low priority on health care for low-income people. ...a cut of $810 billion through 2022, one-fifth of current spending...would lead states to drop coverage for an estimated 14 million to 28 million people.

By eliminating the expansion of Medicaid in the health care law, cutting $1.6 trillion, it would leave another 17 million low- and moderate-income people uninsured.

Just as revealing is the acceptance by Mr. Romney and the other Republican presidential candidates of the Ryan plan to cut food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The budget would cut 17 percent of the SNAP budget, or $133.5 billion over a decade...

...At the same time, though, those [low income] families would find themselves unable to pay for health care, and they would also face reductions in housing assistance, job training and Pell grants for college tuition, all of which Mr. Ryan wants to cut, with Mr. Romney’s approval.

In all, 62 percent of the budget’s cuts come from low-income programs, and that’s on top of the substantial cut in spending already in place from last year. But the Ryan budget does contain a substantial tax cut for the rich, which is one of the reasons Mr. Romney said he was “very supportive” of the plan...

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