The Ryan Budget and the Road to Hell

Posted: April 9, 2014 in New Post

On Friday, Paul Ryan, the faithful disciple of Ayn Rand, the Mother Teresa of Greed, will get a vote on his “Path to Prosperity”. However, if you are poor, old, or sick, it would better be described as the “Road to Hell”. Setting aside Mr. Ryan’s own hypocrisy (he readily accepted Social Security benefits as a youth and used them to attend college), his budget is an assault on common decency. If you haven’t experienced the viciousness of the hell on earth he has in store for our poor and middle class, Sen. Bernie Sanders has a detailed summary on his website here. It is summarized below.

Ryan would:

  • End Medicare as we know it, turn it into a voucher program, and in the process increase retirees’ out of pocket expenses by $6,000 in the next eight years.
  • Raise the eligibility age for Medicare to 67.
  • Re-open the Medicare Part D donut hole costing retirees $2 billion in added cost for prescription drugs.
  • Cut Medicaid by $770 million, turn it into a block grant, throwing nursing home patients into the street, and costing 1.7 million jobs.
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act, taking health care away from the 10 million people benefiting from this law.
  • Cut Pell Grants by 60% next year alone.
  • Cut infrastructure spending by 40% in 2015.
  • Increase military spending by $26 billion in 2015.
  • Lavish $1 trillion in tax giveaways on the wealthiest 2%.

Now, to hear Mr. Ryan tell it, all these cuts are in the spirit of saving needed programs. This is like saying that you want to burn down your house to make it fireproof. Of course, Ryan has no real love for the safety net. He considers it a “hammock” for the lazy. Burn, hammock, burn! And if the people who depend on these programs (mostly the lazy poor) are burned in the process, well, they had it coming. After all, the only thing that Paul Ryan wishes to do is motivate the lazy to become rich. Poverty solved. And the best part according to him is that most of these cuts will inspire the “urban” rabble, where he considers living in poverty a life choice.  

Now, all this is “Ryan-Speak” for spending trillions of dollars on gifts to corporations, defense contractors, and Wall Street, then sending the bill to the nearest nursing home, school, or retiree. What Ryan won’t tell you is the real occupants of that “hammock” he loathes are the obese piglets who gorge themselves on a yearly feast of tax breaks and benefit from the Koch brothers’ infested political system. Maybe Ryan should give up on cutting the lifeline to the needy and instead consider ending the subterfuge that is his latest attempt to undo the New Deal. But given Mr. Ryan’s contempt for all things compassionate, that probably won’t happen until hell freezes over.  




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