Ryan Budget: Keeps Spending and Taxing High

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Michael Lotfi is a Persian, American political analyst and adviser living in Nashville, Tennessee where he works as the executive state director for the Tenth Amendment Center. Lotfi graduated in the top 5% of his class with top honors from Belmont University, an award winning, private university located in Nashville, Tennessee.
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House Budget Chairman, Paul Ryan (R- WI) has recently released his latest budget. The conservative appeal to the budget is that it is said to repeal the Patient Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in its entirety. However, this is not completely true. In fact, it’s false where it hurts the conservative ideology the most- taxes. Ryan’s budget keeps all of the ever-growing taxes from Obamacare, but axes the program otherwise. Those aren’t the only taxes Ryan wants to keep. His budget also holds on to all of the taxes from the fiscal cliff deal, which could lead our country into another national credit downgrade. Not only does Ryan keep the taxes, but he also keeps the spending. Ryan’s budget does not actually cut any spending at all. In fact, Ryan’s budget will cost more than $41 Trillion through the next 10 years. That is only $5 Trillion less than the Obama trajectory. On Ryan’s House.gov page the first claim made on his budget is that it cuts spending. This is a fallacy. Semantics at its best. In fact, it is the same fallacy used by the Obama administration that sequestration produced “cuts”. These are not cuts, but declines in the rate of spending. However, the increase in the rate of spending per year is still paul ryangreater than 3% per year. This still increases the publicly held debt to unsustainable numbers. If true cuts are not made the debt cannot be resolved. Ryan claims his budget balances in 10 years, which it very well may. However, this is accomplished through only slowing the rate of spending (not budget cuts), and keeping taxes in place that are crippling the middle class. Now comes the problem that the Democratic controlled Senate will obviously never pass his budget as is with the repeal of Obamacare. Once this budget is sent to the Senate, if it ever makes it out of the House, it will simply be amended to keep Obamacare in place. Then what are conservatives left with? They are left with no budget cuts and the same high taxes from the Obama administration. If conservatives wanted to successfully see cuts in spending and taxes they should have been introduced heavily in the budget sent to the Senate so that there would be room for compromise. However, this was not even attempted. Some have placed their eyes on Ryan as a potential 2016 Presidential candidate. He is often called tea-party by the mainstream media. However, the fact that Ryan’s budget funds an unconstitutional, undeclared “global war” (as he states in his budget) on terrorism for the next decade with no plans of bringing the troops home will not help him with the youth and the ever growing Libertarian stronghold gaining traction with Rand Paul (R-KY). Rand Paul has also recently introduced a budget, which balances in 1/2 the time, rolls back taxes, seriously cuts spending, and ends the wars responsibly.  Ryan also voted in favor of suspending the debt ceiling and the unpopular corporate bailouts known as TARP, which caused the Tea Party to abandon him. It seems as each day passes Ryan becomes more of an establishment type politician who are being heavily criticized by not only liberals, but the newest generation of conservatives.

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