Ryan’s Hope: More Tax Cuts For The Insanely Wealthy.
Wisconsin is the home of the Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. Their fan base, which is anyone who is a football fan in Wisconsin, are affectionately nicknamed cheese heads, for the foam rubber cheese hats that they wear while watching the Packers play. In 2011, Wisconsin has become the home of another cheesy nickname: The cheese dick.
How does a Wisconsinite become a cheese dick? It’s simple: become a Republican politician. Governor Scott Walker has earned himself a lifetime pass to the cheese dick club. Walker now has company in this exclusive club; his name is Paul Ryan.
Congressman Ryan is chairman of the house budget and finance committee. On Tuesday, Ryan submitted a federal budget proposal that would cut close to $6 trillion dollars over the next 10 years, which is good; over the last ten years, the national debt has climbed immensely, while our economy has spiraled further down the toilet. There’s a problem though; over 2 thirds of Ryan’s proposed cuts affect programs that benefit the poor, the disabled and the elderly, while giving massive tax cuts to the massively wealthy. If this plan goes into effect next year, it will create the biggest gap between social classes in this country’s history.
Among those programs that Ryan is going after are Medicaid and Medicare. Ryan proposes that Medicaid should go on a voucher system, essentially putting the financial responsibility on the states to foot medical bills for those who can’t afford healthcare. The cost of the vouchers will not only hit financially strapped states even harder, the vouchers won’t even come close to covering the rising medical costs of the poor and disabled who may need it.
Ryan is also attacking Medicare for the elderly; under his proposal, Medicare would come under the control of private insurance that the elderly would have to purchase. Of course this is extremely problematic, as most of the elderly are on fixed incomes and can’t afford much of anything, let alone paying for their own health care.
The bill does benefit some though; under Ryan’s proposal, the Bush tax cuts would be made permanent, and estate taxes for the extremely wealthy would be eliminated all together. That’s great news for anyone with an income over a million dollars a year; they would be entitled to additional tax cuts to the tune of at least $125.000 a year.
Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” would be more aptly named “The Road to Ruin.” This plan is just another attack by the Republican base in their war on the impoverished. Our political leaders have learned nothing from world history. As empires demand more from those who do not have, only to turn around to give to those that do, class war becomes inevitable and empires crumble. Just ask the classical Roman and Persian emperors, or the French kings of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Republicans are so afraid of socialism that they are blind to this fact: Their policies of taking from the majority of the people, which are poor and middle class, and in turn giving to the minority which are the insanely wealthy, is indeed, socialism. Let’s just call it elitist socialism and leave it at that, shall we? Cheese dicks indeed.
- GOP’s 2012 budget proposal reshapes Medicare, Medicaid (boston.com)
- Medicare: The End (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
- The Ryan Budget: A Test of Character for Obama (time.com)