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The Republican budget crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan would be a disaster for low-income and middle-class people, and Democrats are prepared to campaign on that fact. But driving the message home in ways easily understood by people who don't read think tank reports is not an easy task:
"If you talk about budgets, people's eyes glaze over. If you talk about, 'Your child's going to be paying another 1,200 bucks to go to college, that doesn't glaze over," Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday. "The budget is sort of a big number and a big sort of gobbledygook type of thing for them. But when you talk about the consequences, I think that resonates."
The large-scale point to remember about the Ryan budget is this: When he talks about balancing the budget, it's through cuts. And those cuts disproportionately hit low- and moderate-income families:
Pie chart. 69 percent of the cuts in Paul Ryan's budget come from programs for low- and moderate-income people, like Medicaid, Pell Grants, and SNAP.
We're talking about raising the Medicare age and ending Medicare as we know it, replacing it with vouchers that won't keep up with costs. Cutting Pell Grants and student loan funding. Cutting Medicaid while also repealing Obamacare. These are cuts that would hit a vast number of Americans hard. In fact, the cuts would be so broad and deep in people's lives, it can be hard to believe that this is seriously the budget plan of one of the major parties. But it is, and you don't need to exaggerate anything in Ryan's budget to make a very real case that we should be scared by it.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Evil is as Evil does. /nt (17+ / 0-)

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:25:08 AM PDT

  •  When all you got is a hammer... (7+ / 0-)

    ...everything looks like a nail.

    •  christian thing (3+ / 0-)
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      MinervainNH, jts327, waterstreet2013

      most repubs are Christians.

      capitalism treated as an absolute for the last 60 years has done this to America.

      selfishness and religion has many faces this is one of those faces.

      Reagan "dutch" sold Americans a bill of goods and 30 years later about 47% are still sold on it.

      beliefs  overwhelm evidence 99.99% of the time or more.

      keep waiting middle class it will trickle down on you. now what is trickling down is something else indeed.

      •  i would not confuse (4+ / 0-)
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        a2nite, MaikeH, contrariandy, Lisztman

        the Christian religion as advocated by right wing fundamentalists with the Christian religion practiced by the majority of the voters who have elected President Obama twice, the former is a cult, the latter is a religion of love and peace.

        ...sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport,whereas Virtue, if a pauper is stopped at all frontiers. from The Sermon, Moby Dick

        by jts327 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:27:24 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  What is it about "provide" that the Cons (9+ / 0-)

    don't understand?

    Is it the combination of 'general' with 'welfare' that's upsetting?

    Perhaps we should rephrase it as "meet your obligations," but they'd probably like that even less.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:40:40 AM PDT

  •  Too many low information voters (6+ / 0-)

    get lost in those blue eyes that they don't even notice him cutting the ground out from under them.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:46:52 AM PDT

  •  Republicans want to take YOUR Medicare (17+ / 0-)

    and replace it with a COUPON.  

    See how well THAT goes over withe senior citizen voters.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:50:37 AM PDT

    •  Actually they want to turn Medicare into Obamacare (4+ / 0-)

      Think about it.

      While the Democrats want Medicare for all or at minimum a public option, the Ryan budget calls for a government subsidized privatized insurance exchange to replace Medicare.

      In other words:

      REPUBLICANS VOTE TO CONVERT MEDICARE INTO OBAMACARE!

      The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

      by NCJim on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:08:47 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Is that simple enough for you? (0+ / 0-)

        The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

        by NCJim on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:09:41 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  And why do they want to turn Medicare to Obamacare (4+ / 0-)
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        So they can repeal it!

        The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

        by NCJim on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:13:15 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Very salient point (3+ / 0-)
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        but the coupon is an effective and simple thing for senior to visualize.  The GOP plan calls for ending Medicare and giving out subsidies much like Obamacare but there is no Medicaid expansion.  As we are seeing with Obamacare in places like Kentucky, a large part of the newly insured were a result of the Medicaid expansion not the subsidies.  The GOP plan won't provide that.  It'll cut Medicaid and force EVERYONE to buy private insurance with a subsidy that will likely reduce over time and eventually disappear altogether if the GOP have their way. What that means is that they're forcing senior to buy health insurance and giving them a coupon to save a bit on the costs. Seniors know what it's like to buy stuff on a tight budget and have to clip coupons to save some money.  They'll get that analogy.  

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:18:18 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  How come Rep. Ryan hates the constitution? (11+ / 0-)
    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
    The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

    "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, including the chance to insure" - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Compania General De Tabacos De Filipinas v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 275 U.S. 87, 100, dissenting; opinion

    by HugoDog on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:51:46 AM PDT

  •  hartmann has had a thing (3+ / 0-)
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    He was trying to get a list of anything that was proposed and passed by Republicans (ever)  that actually benefited the working class more than the rich.  

    Very slim pickings.  

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:52:13 AM PDT

  •  Bring on the Midterm (4+ / 0-)

    Every Dem should be shouting about this.  Every Dem should be praising Ocare as loudly as they can.

    We need to turn out against this crap!!

    If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement ~Robert Reich

    by k8dd8d on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:52:52 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Paul Ryan (15+ / 0-)

    for providing the Dems with a clear distinction they can give the voters.

    Dems should run with this all the way to the majority.  

    'The Republicans want to take away your Medicare.  We want to give you more.'

    'The Republicans want to make it harder for you to afford college for your kids.  We want to make it easier.'

    'The Republicans want to take away your Social Security and give it to Wall Street investors.  We want to give you more Social Security.'

    'The Republicans want to take food out of poor childrens mouths.  We want to make sure they're fed and taken care of.'

    'The Republicans want to take away healthcare away from millions of people.  We want to make sure millions more can get quality healthcare.'

    You can go on and on and on just from their budget.  The key point should be they want to take away from you, we want to give you more.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:56:22 AM PDT

  •  So... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...do you think Democrats could come up with a unified voice...some sound bites...talking points... to get just a touch of political advantage from this terrible budget? As we've seen numerous time before,
    without some strong pushback the American public will
    accept whatever the MSM spoon feeds them.

  •  It's been clear for some time that Republican (7+ / 0-)

    politics, especially in the Obama era, is grounded in selfishness and cruelty. The Ryan "budget" epitomizes that quite well. That is unsurprising and unremarkable.

    What is remarkable, but perhaps equally unsurprising, is that the GOP has made selfishness and cruelty into political virtues. They can run on selfishness and cruelty and win. Millions upon millions of Americans vote Republican precisely because Republicans and their policy agenda are selfish and cruel.

    When I ask friends and acquaintances who vote Republican why they do, the ones that have an answer beyond vague rhetorical platitudes about "small government" and what-not, always tell me the same thing: Because some vaguely-defined category of bad people is unfairly benefiting at my expense, and the GOP wants to take that away. Some vaguely-defined group of people is being insufficiently punished for some vaguely-defined set of sins and transgressions, and insufficiently shamed for some vaguely-defined set of flaws and shortcomings, and the GOP will see to it that they are properly punished and properly shamed.

    If Republican politics is grounded in selfishness and cruelty, Democratic politics by contrast is grounded in solidarity and compassion. Republican voters have been conditioned to regard themselves as the victims, always the victims and never the beneficiaries, of solidarity and compassion.  They prefer selfishness and cruelty to solidarity and compassion because they're on the giving end of the former, not the receiving end of the latter, and never the receiving end of the former. Or, to put it another way, they'd rather be on the giving end of the former and resent being on the giving end of the latter.

    Either way, selfishness and cruelty feel good. That's why the GOP can run, and win, on a platform grounded in selfishness and cruelty.

    •  "Solidarity and Compassion" ... ??? (1+ / 0-)
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      I wish. You wish. But "no."

      Democratic politics is about "electing more and better Democrats."

      And failing "better" than at least "more".

      And failing "more" than at least "me."

      And failing "me" ...  run as an Independent.

      •  I misspoke; I should have said "policy," not (1+ / 0-)
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        "politics."

        Republican policy is grounded in selfishness and cruelty, whereas their politics are grounded in self-congratulation and resentment.

        The opposite of selfishness and cruelty is solidarity and compassion. Maybe that's a distinction between conservatism and liberalism, as opposed to current Republican and Democratic Party policy.

        Not sure yet what the opposite of self-congratulation and resentment is. Maybe humility and empathy? Not sure that describes Democratic politics. Still working on this.

        •  Yes ... It IS the distinction between Liberalism (0+ / 0-)

          and Conservatism.

          Democrats, for the most part, stopped calling themselves "liberals", (much less "Liberals") somewhere around the First of Clinton -- having stopped BEING Liberals some years earlier.

  •  How the hell? (2+ / 0-)

    Can politicians be so shortsighted?  Who elects these asshats?

    "Look Lois, two symbols of the Republican Party! An elephant and a big fat white guy who can't deal with change! --Peter Griffin

    by bnldem on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:04:43 AM PDT

  •  Is it really that difficult? (8+ / 0-)

    Run television ads showing images of everyday people just like you and me- seniors, students, the handicapped, the poor- with the voiceover describing exactly how the Ryan Budget would harm them and how many of them it would harm.

    Church picnics. Crowded urban sidewalks. School busses unloading students.

    Have the voiceover pro use his/her "deadly serious" voice.

    Radio ads, print ads: "Times are tough. They've been tough for a long time. And now Paul Ryan wants to pass a budget to make times even tougher.
    His budget would eliminate the life lines keeping so many of our neighbors fed, their children healthy. He would stop financial life support for the millions among us who can't find gainful employment. He would make changes that would deny millions of middle class young men and women from getting that college education they've worked so long for. AND he would take away healthcare coverage from 10 million Americans who only just gained it through the Affordable Care Act.

    Contact your Congresspersons and ask them to vote 'no' on the Ryan Budget. Before it's too late."

    Like the article says. It campaigns against itself.

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:06:08 AM PDT

  •  Ryans budget turns Medicare into Obamacare (1+ / 0-)
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    Think about it.

    While the Democrats want Medicare for all or at minimum a public option, the Ryan budget calls for a government subsidized privatized insurance exchange to replace Medicare.

    In other words:

    REPUBLICANS VOTE TO CONVERT MEDICARE INTO OBAMACARE!

    The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

    by NCJim on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:06:26 AM PDT

  •  "...not an easy task..." (3+ / 0-)

    "But driving the message home in ways easily understood by people who don't read think tank reports is not an easy task"

    Crafting a message to attack the Ryan budget is fucking child's play—for people are aren't criminally incompetent at communication, that is.

    Jesus H. Christ, the Republican Party has been a target-rich environment for years, and to this day the Dems still have to scratch their head trying to figure out how to attack the GOPers. Your typical Congressional Democrat wouldn't know how to market hillbilly heroin to a jittery addict sporting a bucket of cash in Harlan County. He'd first insist on making him watch a 20-page Powerpoint presentation on oxycontin before completing the sale.

  •  Paulnocchio? (2+ / 0-)

    Is it just me, or does it look like Paul Ryan's nose is getting longer?

    Republican Health Care Plan: marry a Canadian.

    by shoeless on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:14:44 AM PDT

  •  Republicons want to get rid of Medicare for (6+ / 0-)

    Your grandparents, parents & you, same with SS. Why? Because they value money over people.

    Why do people vote for them? Because their voters are selfish & selfishness is a RW virtue since evil took over in 1980.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:15:13 AM PDT

  •  Well It Would Cut Itself, If This Were 2016. (0+ / 0-)

    This year, it campaigns for RW voter turnout, and trolls for big money donations.

    It may well over-reach, may over energize our side, but the track record says it's not an unreasonable tactic.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:19:02 AM PDT

  •  The Party of Stupid Votes Straight Party "R" ---- (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    no knowledge of candidates or issue required.

  •  Repubs want to turn medicare over to insurance (4+ / 0-)

    Companies. Medicare has a 6% administrative costs, insurance companies can keep 20%. How will this slow the cost of Medicare, and everyone else's insurance, especially when insurance companies would then have to pay for the most expensive group of people. Medicare took the sickest people out of the risk pool, to lower everyone else's rates. Dems need to jump on this today, and wake people up to what they are contemplating.

    I think the insurance company angle is better understood than vouchers, by seniors in particular.

    This is another way to advocate for single payer, by showing profit differential, without advocating for single payer.

    Today's problems are yesterday's solutions. Don Beck

    by Sherri in TX on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:26:22 AM PDT

  •  Two possible motives for this budget: (3+ / 0-)

    1) the 'Pubs think that their base is deluded enough to believe that these cuts will be inflicted only on "the urban poor".

    2 ) The 'Pubs are confident that they can get their base to vote just by running against Obama, and that this budget is merely a "loyalty test" intended only to solicit support from campaign donors.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:26:26 AM PDT

    •   or (2+ / 0-)
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      3) The r's have accomplished most of what they started 30 years ago. This is what's left. They have the media, who always wants to know how anything  will affect the right wing. They have the SCOTUS, to chip away at any precedent. They moved the center of any legislation to the right, to where a Democratic President goes along with austerity in  a near depression and floats cuts to SS.

      We need Howard Dean's 50 state strategy more than ever.

  •  Don't get scared, get MAD! (4+ / 0-)
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    This "budget" won't make it through the Senate as is, so there's nothing to fear from it.
    If these bas+ards take control of the Senate, THEN it would be terrifying.
    But what this "budget" should stir up is anger. Anger from the 20 million people who's healthcare would be snatched away, anger from the unemployed, from people struggling to feed their kids, anger from people who need assistance with college tuition, anger from anyone who believes in fairness and equality of opportunity.
    And anger is a great motivator.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:34:16 AM PDT

  •  everytime I see this commercial, it makes me (3+ / 0-)
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    think of Paul Ryan and his policy failures...  Paul's nose grows
    every time he opens his lying mouth.

    "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

    by Statusquomustgo on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:38:08 AM PDT

  •  300,000 new unemployment claims WEEKLY.... (0+ / 0-)

    175,000 new jobs created MONTHLY....

    2.75 million on unemployment WEEKLY....

    That means unemployment rolls get reduced by 45,000 every week.....
    61 weeks we should be at full employment.....

  •  I would kindly ask (0+ / 0-)

    that those who are going to paint Christians in dark colors, please do not use to broad a brush and at least be aware of the lines.

  •  Part of the problem with much of the voting base (4+ / 0-)
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    voting for "toughness" is what happened at the advent of the NeoCon Revolution in the early 80s. Toughness was presented as a most valued trait in Americans. We're tough, dammit.
    Liberals were portrayed ad nauseam as milquetoast, effeminate, namby pamby, cowardly people, across the board. Conservatives, for contrast, were portrayed as self-determined, strong-chinned, pioneering, self-reliant, no-nonsense, cut to the chase, powerful and strong individualists (who always vote in lockstep?).

    As the political rhetoric got heated and devolved into personal attacks, conservatives came to include cruelty and rudeness as characteristics of strength- as desirable traits to foster in oneself. That's why so many conservatives are jaw-droppingly jerks and assholes. They created the idea those traits are desirable, giving them free rein to be as savage as they wish in attacking political opponents. It paved the way for America to torture its perceived enemies. And American males, mostly white ones, picked right up on it.

    The political climate was polluted by NeoConservatism. It remains polluted to this day. It was to our detriment- the detriment of Liberals, that we tried too long to take the high road, not respond in kind to rightwing thuggery, thinking ignoring it would show our countrymen we were above such behavior, only to reinforce the false images the Right had created of the Left as noted above.
    Then, when we finally deigned to respond, we had so much more manure to shovel through to get our points across.

    NeoConservatism, which became Mainline Conservatism decades ago, is a whore masquerading as The Blessed Virgin. It tarnishes everything it touches. It damages all that has made America great.

    And what it put forth as "toughness" is the illusion of toughness, and ignores the quiet brand of tough that survives the pitfalls, tragedies- that maintains the dignity of a nation in the face of hard times. That dignity is spent, sacrificed for short term political gain. Our good international name traded for wars of adventurism, of greed.
    Today's Conservatism is the pusher, the whore, the thug that cares little for America's reputation and cares only for what it can gain for itself.

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:51:20 AM PDT

  •  When Ayn Rand dresses up like Jesus ??? (3+ / 0-)
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    Here's for Atlanta:

    o They block 600,000 poor people from Medicaid. This delays health care until their illnesses are serious enough for ER. This emergency treatment is expensive, often late, and we still pay for all of it when hospitals pass on the costs.

    o Simple fact: blocking Medicaid expansion costs Georgia more than $1-billion every single year. This is bad medicine. There is nothing smart about it.

    o Georgia's Republicans are at war. If your household income is less than $50,000, you are the prime targets.
    ---------------------------------

    Paul Ryan is also the creep who started the GOPer craze to cut school lunches.

    "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

    by waterstreet2013 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:51:57 AM PDT

  •  Attempt to repudiate Social Security trust fund? (0+ / 0-)

    Anyone familiar with the language of Ryan's budget? I've read that for the first time in a few years, Ryan tries to say Social Security's trust isn't real.  I thought republicans were steering clear of S.S. since Obama was attacking it. Anyone have any info on this?

  •  Yes, it un-sells itself, this "path to 1%er.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..prosperity. In fact it is worse than his 2012  "path to.." budget.

    Who’s Shrugging Now?: A Post about Rep. Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand, and the GOP Path to Prosperity by Jonathan Turley (May 8, 2011)  | Submitted by Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger (with Paul Ryan/Ayn Rand video)

    Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin claims he has a “knack for numbers.” Not long ago, he unveiled his GOP budget proposal titled “Path to Prosperity.” Rachel Maddow criticized members of the media for their fawning coverage of Ryan and his financial “magnum opus.” Said Maddow:
    “If the Beltway media could stop making out with Paul Ryan for long enough to look at what’s actually in his budget proposal, they might notice that some of the important numbers in it appear to be made up.”
    She added:
    “I doubt that actual numerically based fact based information will penetrate the smoochy smoochy love bubble surrounding Paul Ryan right now…there’s this cult of him being brave and bold and doing this difficult workout every morning. What he’s just introduced is not a feature on grit versus glamour in today’s GOP. It is not a pinup. It is not the brave story of a strong boy in a tough environment. It’s the official Republican Party budget for 2012, and the numbers in it are so wrong they are occasionally funny.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ..and from Elizabeth Warren who nails Ryan recently

    Paul Ryans Path to poverty budget for 2015 by Elizabeth Warren

    “Paul Ryan looks around , sees three unemployed workers for every job opening in America and blames the people who can’t find a job.

    In 2008 this economy crashed wiping out millions of jobs. Paul Ryan says: ‘Don’t blame Wall Street', the guys who made billions of dollars cheating American families. 'Don’t blame decades of deregulation' that took cops off the beat while the big banks looted the American economy. 'Don’t blame the republican secretary of the treasury and the republican President' who set in motion a no-strings-attached-bailout for the biggest banks..Nope’.”

    “Paul Ryan says: “Keep the monies flowing to the powerful corporations. Keep their huge tax breaks. Keep the special deals for the too-big-to-fail-banks and put the blame on the hardworking play-by-the-rules Americans who lost their jobs’.”

    “Well let me tell you, that may be Paul Ryan’s vision of how America works but that’s not our vision of this great country.”

    -    Elizabeth Warren in Minnesota recently  

    Source: Reverend Al Sharpton  @ Politics Nation April 7, 2014

    Thx Laura Clawson  - I hadn't thought of it that way - Ryans budget when juxtaposed with his rhetoric which he admitted when cornered on the details "is just a vision" and hurts everyone except the rich, is an advertisement for austerity for everyone BUT the rich

    - and hopefully this will catch on

    My comment @ Daily Kos:   http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  While the 800 pound Gorilla in the room... (0+ / 0-)

    our 700,000,000,000+ military budget doesn't even merit a single digit percent cut.

    The overall plan is too increasingly take more and more benefit of taxation from the lower classes while leaving those that benefit the top untouched, while simultaneously putting more and more of the tax burden on those same lower class.

    The end result is to milk the masses to pay for the needs of the few. The military these days is more the fighting arm of the multi nationals than anything that has to do with protect our shores from foreign invasion. Even if we just spent as much as china and Russia combined we would knock over half off.

    Even 'just' 350,000,000,000 per year would take all pressure off our federal finances and all the 'need' to chip away at everything else that benefits the many, would evaporate.

    When the Republicans are in power they get what they want and when the Democrats are in power they still get what they want. At what point do people finally see it is just theater? ~ Me

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:02:45 PM PDT

  •  Talk about "Brownshirt"Lyin Ryan. (1+ / 0-)
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    Waiting for his head to start spinning around from all the lies he tells.  The Pope should ex-communicate this false prophet.

  •  PAUL RYAN MONEY HUNGRY EVIL (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats need to stop being nice and fight back against the Republicans in the same manner the Republicans use against them. When talking to a crowd about how the Republicans only represent 2% of this Country people, do it terms of food, education, housing and the basics of life Tell them that while they are eating beans and potatoes, if they can even afford that,  the 2% that Republicans represent are getting steak and caviar, while they are trying to have one place to live, the Republicans are making sure that the rich have as many places as they want to live, 3-4 homes in the US and who knows how many homes they have in other countries, their chauffeurs drive them around in one of their expense imported cars, while the rest of us are having to walk, take public transportation (if available) or are driving cars that you don't know how much longer it will last or if you are going to have the money to gas up.  Don't use percentage of this or that, use facts that people can understand no matter their education.

    VOTE NOVEMBER 2014

    IMPEACH THE 5 REPUBLICAN APPOINTED SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, THEIR DECISIONS VIOLATE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

  •  Because it went over so well the last time (0+ / 0-)

    it was introduced?  It's like reopening the Same Dud of a Broadway play all over again, hoping you won't remember the last time it was closed down in one night.

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