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A Look at the Ryan Budget


By Misty - Posted on 20 March 2012

Report from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

We’ve issued a brief analysis of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget plan.  Here’s the opening:

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget plan specifies a long-term spending path under which, by 2050, most of the federal government aside from Social Security, health care, and defense would cease to exist, according to figures in a Congressional Budget Office analysis released today.

The CBO report, prepared at Chairman Ryan’s request, shows that Ryan’s budget path would shrink federal expenditures for everything other than Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and interest payments to just 3¾ percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2050.  Since, as CBO notes, “spending for defense alone has not been lower than 3 percent of GDP in any year [since World War II]” and Ryan seeks a high level of defense spending — he increases defense funding by $228 billion over the next ten years above the pre-sequestration baseline — the rest of government would largely have to disappear. That includes everything from veterans’ programs to medical and scientific research, highways, education, nearly all programs for low-income families and individuals other than Medicaid, national parks, border patrols, protection of food safety and the water supply, law enforcement, and the like.

 

It's going to be interesting to see whether Ryan wins another term in the House.

I haven't looked at his district closely, but Wisconsin voters seem, in general, to be a bit perturbed with its Republican governor, and GOP-controlled legislature (the Wisconsin senate is now even at 16 Dems and 16 Republicans--- the GOP controls the house). Local recall elections occur BEFORE national elections in November.

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