Apparently, Little Paulie Ryan refuses to explain the numbers behind his budget and tax plans even to the Fox Republican Propaganda Network. The incredible story is here. An exchange with Chris Wallace was, uh, revealing let's say:
WALLACE: So how much would it cost?
RYAN: It’s revenue neutral…
WALLACE: No no, I’m just talking about cuts. We’ll get to the deductions, but the cut in tax rates.
RYAN: The cut in tax rates is lowering all Americans’ tax rates by 20 percent.
WALLACE: Right, how much does that cost?
RYAN: It’s revenue neutral.
WALLACE: But I have to point out, you haven’t given me the math.
RYAN: No, but you…well, I don’t have the time. It would take me too long to go through all of the math. But let me say it this way: you can lower tax rates by 20 percent across the board by closing loopholes and still have preferences for the middle class. For things like charitable deductions, for home purchases, for health care. So what we’re saying is, people are going to get lower tax rates.
What a CROCK. Little Paulie is saying that "You people wouldn't understand my numbers, so I'm not giving them to you!" In other words, he's saying "trust me". WELL WE DON'T TRUST YOU, LITTLE PAULIE. WE THINK YOU AND WILLARD ARE LYING THROUGH YOUR TEETH ABOUT ALL OF THIS.
Paul Krugman knew what was going on a long time ago. Here's his take on it:
Let's talk about what's actually in the Ryan plan, and let's distinguish in particular between actual, specific policy proposals and unsupported assertions. To focus things more, let's talk -- as most budget discussions do -- about what's supposed to happen over the next 10 years.
On the tax side, Ryan proposes big cuts in tax rates on top income brackets and corporations. He has tried to dodge the normal process in which tax proposals are "scored" by independent auditors, but the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has done the math, and the revenue loss from these cuts comes to $4.3 trillion over the next decade.
On the spending side, Ryan proposes huge cuts in Medicaid, turning it over to the states while sharply reducing funding relative to projections under current policy. That saves around $800 billion. He proposes similar harsh cuts in food stamps, saving a further $130 billion or so, plus a grab bag of other cuts, such as reduced aid to college students. Let's be generous and say that all these cuts would save $1 trillion.
On top of this, Ryan includes the $716 billion in Medicare savings that are part of Obamacare, even though he wants to scrap everything else in that act. Despite this, Ryan has now joined Romney in denouncing President Barack Obama for "cutting Medicare."
So if we add up Ryan's specific proposals, we have $4.3 trillion in tax cuts, partially offset by around $1.7 trillion in spending cuts -- with the tax cuts, surprise, disproportionately benefiting the top 1 percent, while the spending cuts would primarily come at the expense of low-income families. Overall, the effect would be to increase the deficit by around two and a half trillion dollars.
Yet Ryan claims to be a deficit hawk. What's the basis for that claim?
Ryan would strip money from the sick, the elderly, and the poor. And what is the objective of this cruel, draconian plan? To reduce the deficit? NO!! It is to shovel more money into the pockets of Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney! Shocking. Atrocious. Perhaps the most naked effort in our nation's history to loot from the poorest among us.
Are you registered to vote? Double check to see that some Republican hasn't disqualified you somehow.
Have you contributed money to the Democrats?
Are you going to get one or two of your friends who aren't inclined to vote to get registered, and vote Democratic?
It's NEVER been more important for the good people to win.
And for Romney the Liar and Lyin' Ryan, the Chief Looters and Moochers of the United States, to go down to crushing defeat.