This man (Paul Ryan) just can’t stop — the lies are a congenital problem for those who infest Washington DC, and Ryan is one of the worst offenders.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Sunday that his new budget includes the repeal of President Obama’s health-care reform law known as ObamaCare.
Ryan told “Fox News Sunday” that the new proposal will make enough cuts to balance the federal budget in 10 years, compared to his previous one that tried to achieve that goal in 25 years.
“We think we owe the American people a balanced budget,” the Republican congressman said.
Then do it.
No Congress can bind the next one. Therefore, if you believe you owe the people a balanced budget you must do it in the present tense — or you’re a liar.
More to the point, however, is that Ryan believes that there is no need to cut the government at all. He is proposing no cuts by his own words and instead believes that slowing the rate of growth from 4.9% to 3.4% will balance the budget in 10 years.
There are no cuts!
It will not work because (1) this presumes that GDP will expand faster than 3.4% at a sufficient rate (by close to two full points!) to close the gap over that 10 year period and (2) there will be no recessions in that ten year period (this has historically never happened before) and finally, the biggest fraud of all — the premise that taking a $20 from one pocket (Medicaid paid directly by Federal money) and putting it in another (block grants to the states) will somehowstop the escalation of those medical costs.
It won’t because those costs are escalating in the general economy, not just at the Federal and State levels, and have been since the 1980s. The cancer that is going to destroy our government and way of life is found in the medical system as a whole, not in medical entitlements. Medical entitlement spending is asymptom of the problem, not the cause of it.
Ryan’s plan does nothing to address this, but the entire problem was created out of whole cloth by government law and regulation that prevent the market from working in the medical realm. There has been no attempt to fix this despite literal decades of knowledge; indeed the Federal Government has done nothing more than tighten the noose around everyone’s neck by adding more and more monopoly and anti-market protections for the medical monopolies!
A short list (but not an exhaustive one!) of what’s broken in this regard can be found here. Unless all of that, plus more, is addressed then there is no solution at all. Trying to glad-hand your way around this reality is nothing more than high-brow mental masturbation while the curtains are on fire, instead of grabbing a fire extinguisher and directing it at the burning material.
Neither the Democrat or Republican side of the aisle has breathed one word about the underlying issues surrounding this public-policy disaster. Yet we must address it, for it is the single item that threatens our nation and way of life.
It is infuriating to watch people who are allegedly both intelligent and learned intentionally ignore 5th grade arithmetic and wave their arms as if it does not exist. These people are no better than those who persecuted Galileo; indeed they are more-dangerous for those were people who simply wanted to impose some sort of religious authority and moral code.
These people are causing the wholesale destruction of American competitiveness, jobs, our economy and way of life — all for the profit of those who employ a cadre of lobbyists.
Lyin’ Ryan and his cadre of merry men must be deposed, along with Pelosi and hers, or this nation and her people are all fucked.