Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Seven of Paul Ryan's Worst Ideas

Paul Ryan. (photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters)
Paul Ryan. (photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters)

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page
31 October 15
ow that Paul Ryan is Speaker of the House, keep a wary eye out for Ryan’s 7 favorite ideas (they’re also cropping up among Republican presidential candidates):
  1. Reduce the top income-tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent (a huge windfall to the rich at a time when the rich take home a larger share of total income that at any time since the 1920s).

  2. Cut corporate taxes to 25 percent from 35 percent (a giant sop to corporations, the largest of which are already socking away $1.2 trillion in foreign tax shelters).

  3. Make these cuts without adding the budget deficit by slashing spending on domestic programs like food stamps and education for poor districts (now, 18% of the nation's children are in poverty, and these cuts would only make things worse).

  4. Also by turning Medicaid and other federal programs for the poor into block grants to the states, and let the states decide how to allocate them (in other words, give Republican state legislatures and governors slush funds to do with as they wish).

  5. And turning Medicare into vouchers that don’t keep up with increases in healthcare costs (which would in effect cut Medicare for the elderly).

  6. Deal with rising Social Security costs by raising the retirement age for Social Security (making Social Security even more regressive, since the poor don't live nearly as long as the rich).

  7. Finally, don’t raise the minimum wage but let it continue to decline as inflation makes it irrelevant; instead, provide poor workers with a larger Earned Income Tax Credit (enlarging the EITC is a good idea, but we need a higher minimum as well).
Bottom line: Beware Paul Ryan.
What do you think?


+51 # Barbara K 2015-10-31 09:51
I know that he and his supporters will probably try to enact some of that junk. I hope that the Senate can stop him from overtaking us, and that the President has a good Veto Pen in hand.
+39 # Old4Poor 2015-10-31 10:35
Making it even more essential that the next VETO hand is Democratic.
+17 # HowardMH 2015-10-31 12:34
Things are going to get a lot worse before they start to get better with this bunch of clowns in charge.

The American Spring will start when there are thousands of really, really pissed off people at the Capital all at the same time raising some serious hell against the Lunatics, and idiots absolutely nothing is ever, ever going to happen to these totally bought and paid for by the richest 400 families in the world that are becoming more and more powerful with each passing rigged election thanks to the stupid people.

So, scream, yell, chant, stomp your feet, threaten to hold your breath, and beat your drums so the media can show it on the evening news, while all of those who can actually do anything about it are home counting their donation money and laughing all the way to the bank.

Yes there is still hope for the America we used to know, but I agree it is fading fast.

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