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Yesterday, we filed our taxes. Paul Ryan took this opportunity to talk in the Budget Committee about the need for more “welfare reform.” This conversation could not come at a better time.

We have a choice as a nation between two futures. I want to live in a future where everyone pays their fair share and we build a country where we invest in the potential of each American. Paul Ryan proposes large tax breaks to the wealthy and deep cuts to continue shrinking opportunity for the middle class.

Paul Ryan is not reforming welfare. He is advocating for only the wealthiest among us at the expense of everyone else.

I think the media has been rushing to promote Paul Ryan without presenting a balanced and factual analysis of the damage he is proposing.

Paul Ryan is proposing a new, additional $265,000 tax cut for each millionaire. This breathtaking handout is taking place on top of the failed Bush tax cuts, which Ryan wants to permanently extend.

These new tax giveaways open a large hole in the budget due to the lost revenue. We are talking about $10 Trillion dollars lost!

Let’s put it this way- when you give away $10 Trillion, some people are going to take the hit.

Ryan’s tax schemes leave a hole that he wants to close by destroying Medicare as we know it, scrapping Pell Grants and financial aid, leaving our infrastructure to crumble, defunding women’s health, taking away services and care for our veterans. It is heartless and shameful.

Let’s look at how the Ryan budget breaks down:

Under Ryan’s budget, everyone loses. We could talk numbers all day but let me give you some consequences of this proposal. Seniors would face an increase of $6,000 a year in their health care costs, and will pay an additional $44 Billion to pharmaceutical companies when the donut hole is reopened. 38,000 teachers could lose their jobs and 166,000 students lose their work-study opportunities and ability to pay for their education. This is just the tip of the iceberg. 400,000 Americans could lose their housing voucher. We would lose over 4,500 federal agents that fight crime and patrol the border. For small business owners as I was, 4 million of us would lose tax credits allowing us to provide healthcare to our employees.

All this information is to make a simple point. Paul Ryan’s budget is not a serious or well-reasoned plan. It is a purely political, selfish, lopsided, and downright dangerously irresponsible proposal. I believe the best way to describe this budget is Robin Hood in reverse!

I am running for Congress to make sure Paul Ryan, and all the far-right dittoheads who follow his advice, know that the American people want to see a new direction in our Congress.

I think we need to protect the middle class and not let the rug get pulled out from under people. The danger of this is so great that it cannot be ignored.

We have had 25 months of economic recovery. The recovery is fragile, and we are making progress despite the best efforts of House Republicans. We have seen no leadership from Ryan. We have seen obstruction, misinformation, and the half-baked policies I have discussed above.

I know we can’t afford to continue the gridlock and the failure in Washington, and I am asking for help from any American that can help to do so. Sign up to volunteer, keep up with our email updates and also follow the news at or on Facebook.

We have a lot to do, and I hope you will joining me in this effort to fix the large problems facing us all.


Rob Zerban
Congressional Candidate

Originally posted to RobZerban on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 08:23 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Make your campaign local... (1+ / 0-)
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    Tie in Ryan's budget as to how it would effect your district.  Ryan is a national politician with these budgets, but how do they play in your district, where only their vote counts.  

  •  Republished to... (2+ / 0-)
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    scribeboy, exterris

    "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." — Howard Zinn

    by blueyedace2 on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 09:18:52 AM PDT

  •  Rob - PLEASE READ THIS BOOK (0+ / 0-)

    Last year a leading communication scholar wrote a book analyzing the messages of the extreme right and how to counter those messages.  This book is a must read for anyone running for office today against ultra-conservative or tea party candidates.  Dr. Goodall is a leading scholar in communication.  He studies narrative for a living and has served on numerous grants.  He is a staunch progressive and this book is a how-to for progressive who first need to understand how the right's message strategies are developed and employed and then how to counter them.  Please, please read this.  It will make your message stronger and allow you to reach more people.  It is about the narrative.  And Jacoby Jonze is absolutely correct.  What you need to concentrate on in this election is FIRST - how does Ryan's budget affect those in YOUR district and THEN how does it affect the nation.  You need to appeal directly to the voters in Wisconsin who have the opportunity to vote Ryan out of office.

    Thanks so much for all you are doing.  I have contributed to your campaign and even though I don't live in Wisconsin I am following your efforts closely.  I think getting Paul Ryan out of office is imperative for turning this country around.  

    •  must be a better place to buy the book (1+ / 0-)
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      than Amazon.  Lots of people I know refuse to use Amazon due to Amazon killing local business.

      The world is kinda cold and the rhythm is your blanket, wrap yourself up in it, if you love it then you'll thank it.

      by Ajax the Greater on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 09:29:16 AM PDT

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      •  Amazon supports authors. I boycott Walmart (0+ / 0-)

        which has done far more to harm local community.  I haven't set foot in Walmart in fifteen years.  And while I don't love everything about Amazon, it has done more for opening up opportunity for authors to sell and market their own books than any other venue.  If not for Amazon, ebooks wouldn't exist and books like the Hunger Games would have never seen the level of success its author has seen.  When I decide to boycott a company, I look at every aspect.  Does it do any good in the world?  Does the good outweigh the bad?  In Amazon's case, as much as I lament to closer of small book stores, most small bookstores were closed when Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and Border's began to devour them.  Amazon also provides a venue for indie music, the arts and crafts movement, and small businesses who can't afford to have a stand alone web presence.  Amazon could do more to support its workers and its holiday hiring policies are certainly lacking.  It isn't perfect and in some areas it is truly lacking, but it isn't evil either.  

      •  I also will never buy from Amazon (0+ / 0-)

        after being charged by them for membership in their "privileged" club---a membership I did not request.  The day I placed my order via the internet, there was a pop-up for this membership in this elite group.  I recall distinctly that every single time I clicked on the "NO" button, I would discover that it had clicked "YES".  I closed my browser out; redid my order and thought the "NO" went through that time.  It showed up anyway on my January bill.  I had to challenge the charge for it on my VISA bill and I will give VISA a lot of kudos because they put a customer service person on the line with me and with an Amazon rep. on a third line.  When I explained to the VISA rep what had happened when I placed my order for merchandise (with the Amazon rep listening in), she ORDERED the guy to delete the charge immediately and gave him 24 hours to do so and report to her.  She was VERY firm and explicit with him as to what he was to do.  It was taken care of on time and the VISA rep messaged me as well plus I check my VISA charges regularly so I could check it on-line.  I frankly think this was a "gimmick" by Amazon (since it was around the time of holiday shopping when a LOT of people are charging things) thinking that they would get by with getting an extra $89 for that membership out of unsuspecting customers.  NEVER again will I buy ANYTHING on-line from Amazon.  Fool me once, won't get a chance to do it again.

        We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

        by 3goldens on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 09:57:00 AM PDT

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  •  it would hurt to point out (1+ / 0-)
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    that Ryan has no credentials or experience to point to showing that we should believe that he is any kind of economic expert, or that he even has basic competency in the field.  He had a couple of years of work experience in the family business, then went to Washington.  The repugs were constantly bitching about Obama's lack of experience, why not put that back in their faces.   Mr. Zerban has actual work experience, plus he is a small business owner which for republicans means he is qualified for any job on earth.

    Good Luck!

  •  Ryan needs to be beaten. (2+ / 0-)
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    GrumpyOldGeek, cheddar cheeks

    Take the truth stick to him him Rob! Beat him with the facts. They are at your disposal. Use them every day and every way possible to expose Ryan as the fraud he is.

  •  Tell the Janesville GM story to everyone (1+ / 0-)
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    For those who aren't familiar with Janesville, a very large piece of its economy centered around the GM Assembly Division plant there. The plant was eventually shut down on Ryan's watch. Essentially, he allowed a vital part of his own home town economy to crater, doing vast damage to the citizens and the secondary businesses this affected.

    And Ryan and Walker blame the unions for this travesty. Here's an article from the Janesville Gazette written in 2008 that chronicles the history of the plant.

    Ryan, Walker, and Mittens are all on the same page when it comes to lying about helping businesses in Wisconsin. They close the ones that don't personally benefit them. Then screw the people they screwed when they fired their mom and dad.

    The Closed GMAD plant is how Walker creates jobs, apparently.
    GMAD Closed
    photo from

    I think that the Janesville GMAD plant is an excellent case history of the importance of industry and its effect on the families who benefit by having jobs and a vibrant economy.

    And Ryan is the poster child for brutal punishment of the victims of his sociopathic misguided bullying attitudes.

    The poster child for the efforts to revitalize the industry and provide life-saving support for the victims of industry collapse is the Obama administration.

    Compare and contrast Obama's efforts to save Detroit and all of the affiliated industries with Ryan's and Mitten's oblivious idealistic tough love euthanasia of industry and the families that are their victims.

    Janesville lost GMAC, but this spread to the most dependent business, JATCO (Janesville Auto Transport Co.), the railroad business, local suppliers, local shippers, and a few hundred other local businesses. Restaurants, hotels, IT, office supplies, etc. It also reduced revenue for the utility suppliers, construction and maintenance businesses, temporary workers, medical services, and, of course, tax revenue for the city, county, and state. So police, fire, and teacher layoffs happened.

    All on Ryan's watch. And he STILL blames the unions. Notice how the unions actually saved GMAD more than once in it's 100 year plus history.

    Ryan and Walker also supported killing the last straw of dignity of the Beloit Corporation settlement caused by the Harnischfeger catastrophe. Apply the same GMAD downfall to other indistries that Ryan has entirely failed to support in his district. You are more familiar with those in your own home town, for sure.

    GM is alive.
    Bin Laden is dead.

    This message will work in your local district.

    "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 05:10:57 PM PDT

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