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


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.