Unfortunately, Paul Ryan’s Cruel New Budget Proposal Is Not An April Fool’s Day Joke


On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his latest budget proposal. His budget for fiscal year 2015, titled ‘The Path to Prosperity,’ is even more extreme than his previous budget proposals and follows down the path of the extremely conservative fiscal message that he pushed during the 2012 election. Basically, it adheres to a strict economic philosophy of austerity, with trillions of dollars cut in federal spending over the next decade, most of it at the expense of poor and middle class.

Obviously, with the 2014 midterms just months away, Ryan is trying to appeal to the far-right base as well as extremely rich conservative donors with this budget proposal. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called out Ryan’s budget by calling it ‘Kochtopia’ on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.

“The person who ran for vice president last go-round on the Republican ticket … he’s coming out with a budget. It’s a blueprint for a modern Koch … how would we say it? Kochtopia.”

Reid later sent out a tweet reiterating that point.


Per Ryan’s proposal, federal spending will be gutted to the tune of $5.1 trillion over the next ten years. The biggest cut will be to the Affordable Care Act. Ryan proposes getting rid of all subsidies that allow lower-income Americans the ability to purchase affordable health coverage. At the same time, his budget also shrinks Medicaid dramatically, making it far more difficult for poor and working-class citizens to have any legitimate health coverage. Overall, the proposed cuts to both the ACA and Medicaid total around $3 trillion.

In essence, this is just another way for Republicans to repeal Obamacare. By getting rid of all of the subsidies and contracting Medicaid, it once again takes the option of affordable health care away from the the vast majority of lower-income Americans and forces them to go uninsured. Furthermore, Ryan’s budget keeps the tax increases that come along with the ACA, even though his proposal strips away all of the benefits that those tax increases provided. Therefore, he is able to ‘balance’ his budget easier.

Ryan also fulfills another fantasy in his budget by pushing for Medicare to be a voucher program. This is something that he proposed during the 2012 campaign and turned out to be troubling for him and Mitt Romney. Essentially, he is calling for the death of Medicare. Instead of Medicare being a government-run insurance program, it will in essence just be a subsidy that senior citizens get to buy insurance from private companies. If the insurance is more than the voucher, then the senior citizen will have to pay the remainder of their premium out of pocket. Of course, this doesn’t effect those who are senior citizens or approaching that age right now. (Can’t anger the biggest Republican voting bloc, after all!) No, only those who are currently 55 or younger will have to deal with this new system.

Now, Ryan isn’t just satisfied with making healthcare unaffordable for the vast majority of Americans with this new budget. No sir! He also makes sure to propose cuts of $125 billion to SNAP. On top of that, to make sure that poor students have less of an ability to pull themselves out of their current situation, his budget also cuts Pell Grants. Finally, just to twist the knife in a little more to working and middle class America, he recommends job cuts to several government departments while also slashing pensions for public sector workers.

Well, if Ryan is so worried about eating away at the national debt and cutting yearly budget deficits, is he proposing any tax increases? Not really. He does keep the recent tax increases related to the ACA in place, but as they are already built into the budget, they can’t be considered new revenue. As stated above, he wants to get rid of the programs that these taxes are for, but use the revenue to help further balance his budget. In typical conservative fashion, Ryan proposes to cut taxes across the board, especially for the wealthy and corporations. His proposal calls for the top individual tax rate to be 25%.

In the end, this budget is nothing more than a campaign tool for Republicans. There is no way this will ever get passed in the Senate. It is merely something for Republicans to tout on the campaign trail this summer and fall, stating that they have a plan for the future. As for Ryan, it is his attempt to show he is a man of ‘ideas’ ahead of a possible 2016 run. But, all it really shows is that Ryan and Republicans are willing to balance a budget on the backs of the least fortunate, while advocating for a greater wealth gap in this country.

This budget is a cruel joke. One would hope that it was all just one big April Fool’s Day prank. Sadly, it isn’t. This is Paul Ryan’s vision for America.


19 Replies to “Unfortunately, Paul Ryan’s Cruel New Budget Proposal Is Not An April Fool’s Day Joke”

  1. I’m happy that Reid is continually calling out Koch brothers for their actions AGAINST America to maximize the profits for themselves and their axis in Republican firm. Keep it up, Sen. Reid. Koch brothers are getting desperate and words has it that they’re already gearing up their $100 million war chest for 2014 elections and $500 million for 2016 elections.

    Their biggest stake? $100 billion profits from pipelines across the nation. $600 million means nothing compared to $100 billion profits for Koch brothers so, kick their old asses out of America for good.

  2. So why are we paying this stupid little man to sit around dreaming up fantasy budgets? I take solace in watching these repugnants move further and further to the right. At some point even their moderates will turn against them when it directly affects them. Their solid repugnant block of seniors are already defecting as they hear the plans of cutting SS and medicare. The millenials are struggling with student loans and grants. Women are being thrown under the bus. About the only voting block they have left are the hillbillies who can’t read and only have Faux news.

    I hope this is their platform to wave around. Surely it will come back to bite them. They keep telling everyone this is their “big idea guy”. Wow, this is their creme’ de la creme’, can you imagine? So it only goes downhill from there? Kinda like watching the Bad News Bears.

  3. Even your average run of the mill Republican senior (excepting the affluent) is smart enough to see that even if this budget’s cuts to Medicare do not affect them in particular, they damn sure do affect their children who are also paying into it, and will be needing it in a few years; and they surely won’t appreciate the cuts to Pell Grants that will affect their college-age grandchildren. Besides that, this budget, like his last 2 or 3, is DOA as soon as it is sent to the Senate, and even if the Republicans gain control of the Senate in November and pass it, it would be vetoed by the President, and nobody is predicting a Republican Senate take-over with a veto-proof majority. Just another legislative masturbatory fantasy by the House.

  4. Can someone please explain to me why men like Paul Ryan have a say so in our lives? … Where are all of our educated people at? And why isn’t he being taken to task?…

  5. Once again paul ryan is back on his conservative soap box preaching to his ignorant as hell congregation! Well someone please tell me WTF has ryan done constructively in DC??? the GOP is nothing but TALK!! I say lets do ryans budget cuts!! HELL lets cut social security off ALL TOGETHER!!! lets cut off the SNAP program!! HELL lets cut off WELFARE ALL TOGETHER!! WHY??? because when all those devoted, loyal republicans loose their ENTIRE income when the majority of people on WELFARE (WHICH HAPPEN TO BE CAUCASIANS) you’ll FINALLY wake up these brain dead republicans! Can you see all those elderly republicans with their walkers screaming bloody MURDER when they get that letter from social security telling the PAUL RYAN BUDGET is law and YOU’RE CUT OFF!!

  6. Ryan says his budget addresses America’s needs. Yeah, more tax cuts for the wealthy. Hurting people in nursing homes, ending medicare & turning medicaid into a voucher. He’d like to gut them all. He wants to increase retirement benefits age from 65 to 72. Wear older workers out so they die quicker. Ryan shows contempt for seniors. They are “takers”. Dem pols should call out the zombie-eyed granny starver for what he is. A Koch shill & monster.

  7. The GOP didn’t have a problem cutting off 2 million jobless Americans the week after Christmas. Nothing is off limits to them..just their 1%.

    All these guys Ryan, Boehner, Cantor, etc. etc., Cruz..take away their blood money from the Koch masters, they got NOTHIN’.

    No smarts, no work ethic, no ideas, no goals. Take all the Koch $$ away and let them stand on their own, and they are as pathetic as the poor people who vote them in.

  8. Love Harry Reid’s tweet. Ryan & the GOP live in the make believe land of Kochtopia. Exclusively for one percenters. Hashtag #Kochtopia.

  9. What the eff, you failed to mention the nearly 450 billion he wants to increase the MIC spending. That’s right, he wants to give the Pentagon another wad of cash to lose like Rumsfeld lost in Iraq and the 1.3 trillion the Pentagon magically lost during the illegal war.

  10. Charles Pierce of Esquire’s been calling Ryan a zombie-eyed granny starver since 2012. He’s got an article out today on Ryan. He puts humor into what monsters Repubs are.

  11. Excerpts from S.Splitbug’s best selling prison novel, “Ice Veined Weasels”. Cell block L7. Sammy-Slammem to Paul Ryan at lights out: Guess what day it is?

  12. When will Ryan actually do what he was voted to do for the people of Wisconsin rather than writing Fantasy Budgets that will never be approved? Seriously, is this what the people of Wisconsin want their tax dollars spent on?

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