Millionaire Paul Ryan Disguises Plan to Gut All Programs for the 99% as Helping the Poor

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Income inequality has grown exponentially in the United States easily ranking it the highest among developed nations, with most of the widening gap coming between the middle class and richest one percent with the disparity becoming more extreme the further one goes up in the income distribution. In 2012, the gap between the richest 1% and the remaining 99% was the widest it has been since the 1920s with incomes of the wealthiest 1% percent rising nearly 275%, whereas the income of the remaining 99% rose barely 1% in comparison. While President Obama has spent the past year emphasizing the need to address the increasing gap between the rich and the poor and vanishing middle class, Republicans led by Ayn Rand devotee Paul Ryan intend on enacting a replacement 2015 budget that focuses on reforms. If Americans are wary of what Republicans mean by reforms, they have a good reason. Ryan is proposing sweeping reforms on welfare and complete overhauls of all social programs including Head Start, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, housing assistance, and anything helping the poor; or as Ryan calls them the 47% he considers “takers” and “moochers.”

Yesterday Ryan released a 204-page rebuke of the government’s anti-poverty programs that questions the concept of helping poor Americans by deriding initiatives that assist the poor struggling in low-wage jobs; if they have a job. As is usually the case when Republicans talk reform, Ryan specifically cites consolidating and then slashing all anti-poverty programs he claims “created a poverty trap that we’ve got to fix with significant reform.” Regardless of whether Republicans are citing social anti-poverty programs or tax cuts for the rich and corporations; “significant reform” always translates into drastic cuts and Ryan’s report criticizes every aspect of every anti-poverty program Republicans intend to subject to significant reforms.

The Republican report, “The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later,” analyzes eight areas of federal policy Ryan and Republicans lust to “reform” including cash aid, education and job training, energy, food aid, health care, housing, social services, and Veterans benefits. Each of the sections begins with criticism of both state of federal anti-poverty programs that Lyndon Johnson initiated 50 years ago as part of his “war on poverty” Republicans have sought to eliminate to fund tax cuts for the richest 1% of income earners.

The Ayn Rand disciple said his “reform” document “is a precursor not only of our budget but of our larger project to introduce poverty reforms over the course of this year.” The president may focus on inequality because he can’t talk about growth. We’re focused on upward mobility, speaking directly to people who have fallen through the cracks.” It is doubtful that Ryan will actually tell people who have fallen through the cracks of his intent to target programs like food stamps, Medicaid, Head Start, low-income housing and heating assistance, most other social service programs, and low-income tax credits that prevented millions of Americans from perishing due to starvation, exposure, and ill-health. Ryan claimed the Republicans’ comprehensive anti-poverty reforms (Draconian cuts) will coincide with the GOP’s intent to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and impose major cuts to Medicaid.

Ryan’s remark that the President cannot talk about growth is laughable when Obama has proposed several job creation policies, including for Veterans, that Republicans have rejected out of hand as too expensive as they plan large tax cuts for the richest Americans and their corporations. The President just announced a $300 billion infrastructure improvement plan that, although sorely needed, is woefully inadequate and less than one-tenth what the nation requires to bring the richest country on Earth in line with every developed nation in the world. Republicans have rejected every one of the President’s proposals for infrastructure programs in the past because they did not fit their job-killing agenda.

House Republicans still portray Ryan as their fiscal genius, and Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) said “Paul Ryan remains our big-ideas guy, and he’s talking about these issues in human terms.” According to Ryan, his big ideas focusing on human terms include “solutions that solve weaknesses in how the government supports the poor” that a serious round of cuts will solve. In fact, one of the more mysterious aspects of his report is Ryan’s assertion that “poor families face very high implicit marginal tax rates the federal government uses to effectively discourage them from making more money.” That’s right, Ryan who parrots Willard Romney’s assertion the “47% moocher class” do not pay any taxes claims the poor are facing very high tax rates that keep them from making more money at poverty-wage jobs. However, that is not the only scandalous assertion in Ryan’s statement about reforming (cutting) anti-poverty programs.

Ryan’s report cites the “breakdown” of the family as one of the primary reasons so many Americans are afflicted by low-wage jobs that keep them trapped in poverty. It says “the single most important determinant of poverty is that is it a result of broken families.” One wonders if the Republican anti-poverty agenda will include forcing all Americans into traditional marriages, criminalizing single-parent households and divorce, or forcing unmarried women into Christian-imposed chastity belts to ensure they will not be single parents. Ryan also boasted that he learned from a former leader of Britain’s Conservative Party how to “rework our welfare system” that means major cuts to anti-poverty safety nets. The ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Representative Chris Van Hollen (MD), said Ryan’s report is “simply laying the groundwork to slash social safety net programs” that he identified as “Mitt Romney’s attack on the 47 percent.”

Ryan’s report is an archetype of a class warfare manifesto that would elicit highest praise from Ayn Rand for adhering to the ideology in her fictional work Atlas Shrugged. According to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), “People used to say we couldn’t talk about these issues. Now they have become a framework.” Republicans have been talking about slashing or eliminating anti-poverty programs incessantly since Americans first elected an African American man as President, and the people are well-aware that any Republican framework with the words “reform” and “overhaul” means massive cuts or elimination. Any Republican plan to fight poverty has nothing to do with fighting poverty and everything to do with fighting anti-poverty programs with a view towards completely eradicating them.

24 Replies to “Millionaire Paul Ryan Disguises Plan to Gut All Programs for the 99% as Helping the Poor”

  1. Oh, he called 47% the moochers! The very same 47% of Americans who voted for him and Romney…. How ironic.

  2. This worthless, unworthy, piece of shit was on assistance at one time. I’d like to see him lose everything that he has, I do like the picture of him in the fire, it would be a good place for him and his kind.

  3. They need to lose everything. They disserve everything bad to happen to them. I agree about them being worthless pieces of shit. They are just like the carpetbaggers after the civil war.

  4. Sadly, that is the end result of income inequality, and class warfare! The French solved the problem of extreme inequality by cutting off the heads of the 1%. It worked quit well!!!!

  5. Paul Ryan is truly a 100% pile of human-waste with two very ugly, evil, weird-looking, blue eyes attached to it. He is no more or no less than that. In my opinion. How much lower can he really go as a “human-being” and still be considered one?

  6. The people on this site considering voting republican better read the hand writing on the wall. The republicans are enemies of the middle class. After they get finish with them there will not be any middle class.

  7. Yeah, because if there’s one thing those “lazy slackers in the 47%” need, it’s to be cut off from all forms of assistance. That way, after they eat the dogs and the rats, they can start eating the rich I guess.

  8. Paul Ryan is a TEA party activist fully activated on destroying America’s Social Programs. Ryan’s on a vendetta after the humiliation of 2012! TEA-types in 2013 showed their true vision when they allowed Rafael Eduardo Cruz to shut down the nation to protect his major benefactors and contributors! Elections do have consequences, locally, at the state level and nationally. Locally has the greatest impact on people as money, infrastructure and general fund usage impacts the hardest. If you do not get registered and do not vote, or are denied your right to vote, you are voting for the opposition! Five years later, the Tea Party is less popular than it ever has been, and less popular than the Republican Party itself, which has lower favorable ratings now than in 2009.

  9. They are fighting with everything they have trying to win the senator and hold on to the house in 2014 and win the white house 2016. They know if they lose in 2014 they will have no chance in 2016 in winning for several elections they can’t accept that they will be in the miniorties in a few years. Yet they keep pushing away all the people they need to vote fro them thinking they will forget and vote for them anyway. They still think that it was a fluke that the president was elected and a dream and they have not woke up from it yet. They just can’t believe the american people went against their orders and elected not once but twice a black man as president to the US. They just can’t accept it and they won’t accept it. Look how long it took them to accept that blacks was freed as slaves forever and aday and some still think they are still slaves. This fool don’t realize he is cutting his family from the same programs that he want to take from everyone else do he care, no.

  10. they will not be happy until we have a civil war!if they think the first one was bad and bloody they aint seen nothin yet!btw mr ass hat ryan if this happen’s you and your go pig’s wont be able to run fast enough or far enough away!

  11. only once one loses everything can one feel the desperation of being homeless in the greatest country in the world. without these programs for the 47%(which is half the country people) crime rises, man returns to his primal state of survival having to do things despicable to the rich(eating out of trash cans because you haven’t eaten in days, sleeping in a box wherever u can find a place to sleep for a few precious hrs to regroup or even worse). Republicans better have an army cuz we will eat them first because they are fatter and juicier lol. anyone that makes over $100K/yr should also pay 12% in taxes like I have for the last 35 years on my $12K-36K/yr. Corporations in the US should pay 12% just like everyone else and no hiding money in the Cayman Islands for anyone. That money is earned and should be taxed fairly so our great country can take care of US Citizens unable to care themselves(elderly, disabled and the young) I was born here and I’m not owed but have earned the service…

  12. There is a disease flourishing within the Tea Party obstructionists.It is called Randitist. Ayn Rand the sickest of the lot believes that only the wealthy are deserving of the best. There are more of us 99%, not 47%……no math major RyAN! aLL OF THE REST OF US KNOW YOU’RE a masochist. Well, thrash yourself.

  13. Eddie Munster needs to go back to fantasyland. It was ok for him to receive the SS money from his dead father that put him through school, & now he’s learned how to hook & crook his way to millions, but it’s not good enough to make sure people can even exist, much less survive on their mere pittances. We the taxpayers pay for the programs. We the taxpayers should be making the suggestions & be the ones approving or disapproving any changes. Heck, one person making $50,000.00 per year with one child only contributes a little more than 10 cents per day towards SNAP, which also includes school lunches & WIC. That’s an entire $36.82 one time annually.

    Anyone who doubts what I said, can read the complete breakdown of all our taxes paid per year, & what they go for, here:

    We need to go back to tax rates on the rich at 91% like after WWII. We need Glass-Steagal back. Repugs = Psyc…

  14. I suspect he and his kind won’t be happy until we follow the example of places like India and Mexico. With the poor living in cardboard houses and dying in the streets.

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