Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
“If this conference is used as an excuse to raise taxes, then I fear we will not be successful,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said last week. “We’ll take the spending cuts we have if that’s all it’s going to be.”Because heaven forbid giant, hugely profitable corporations have to be spared the agony of paying as much in taxes as they pay their CEOs. Ryan does have one idea for who Congress could make pay, though:
As for the future, Ryan has proposed a 2014 budget that would require federal employees to pay more toward their retirement benefits while eliminating special supplemental payments to certain federal employees who retire before age 62. The savings under that plan would be an estimated $132 billion over 10 years.In recent years, federal workers have faced pay freezes, sequester furloughs and a government shutdown. All while many of them earn less than they would in the private sector. Now, Republicans are suggesting what amounts to a significant pay cut for these workers—just, heaven forbid, not a tax increase for those who can most easily afford it, be they billionaires or banks. And driving the most qualified people out of the government is a great way to make the government function worse, achieving another Republican goal by creating problems they can point to in their everlasting quest to break and dismantle government entirely.