Paul Ryan's Plan to Put Poverty on a New Diet: Starvation

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

On Thursday, Steve Benen, who edits the Maddow Blog, wrote a commentary on a Paul Ryan "deficit reduction" speech given Wednesday in Cleveland. [...]

Benen notes that the speech was laden with factual errors and rhetorical sleights of the hand, particularly that the deficit which so concerns Ryan and Romney would likely be considerably increased under their plan of maintaining tax cuts for the rich and expanding the military budget by two trillion dollars.

Of particular note is Ryan's plan for a new diet to reduce poverty: starvation.  As Benen writes:

In reality, Ryan's proposed budget plan, which was heartily endorsed by Mitt Romney, is simply brutal towards the poor and working families. The plan identifies $5.3 trillion in nondefense budget cuts over the next decade, and nearly two-thirds of the savings come from programs intended to help Americans of limited means. [...]

What Ryan implies in his speech is that by reducing support for the needy, it will force them to find work.  This view that somehow the poor, unemployed, and infirm can self-generate jobs is Ayn Rand at her essence.[...]

Expecting those that our society has left behind to create their own jobs is kind of like arguing that one can live on a diet of imaginary food.

Please read the entire post here.

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  • http://twitter.com/RockMollica Rock Mollica 47%

    It's not Rocket Science to see which party is fixated upon woman's bodies, rights and continue to let their own personal dogma dictate how they will govern. This is not how the system is supposed to work. They work for us, vote in our best interests and not their own dogma or that of their narrow radical base. The only God they observe is one who would restrict, deny and demean those who need help, protection and compassion. They have become irrelevant and resort to lies to cover their real agenda, They have nothing left to offer America. If they win, they win with collossal lies, or voter surpression or intimidation, shredding voter registrations. They do not represent Democracy in any way, shape of form.

  • Sally

    How does this moron equate Ayn Rand the atheist communist who hated America so much she lived here, with his supposed Catholic Church, that 'informs everything I do?" Unless those bishops have suddenly become corporate raiders, I think they still support compassion and help for the poor, and even abortion to save a mother. And 70% of Catholic women (including no doubt Ryan's lobbyist wife,) use birth control. What a mess the GOP has made of whatever message they once had.