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Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 1, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.

WASHINGTON — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over the coming decade and promises to balance the government’s books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class.

Ryan’s plan would also cut Pell Grants for low-income students and pensions for federal workers while steering away from cuts to benefits for senior citizens, at least in the short term.

The proposal would reprise a voucher-like Medicare program for future retirees that would be the basis for GOP claims that the measure would drive down government debt over the long term. It also relies on unofficial score-keeping help from the Congressional Budget Office, reflecting the beneficial effects of deficit cuts on long-term economic growth and tax revenue.

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djigoo says... April 1, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.

April fools.

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HOTDEMN says... April 1, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.

"balance the government’s books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class." "Ryan’s plan would also cut Pell Grants for low-income students and pensions for federal workers "

Why do all Republican budgets rely on gutting what little help lower and middle income classes get but leave in place or expand tax breaks and handouts to corporations and the wealthy ??? They make it sound like "the poor" are nothing but shiftless blacks and latinos living high on the hog with taxpayers money but that is not the truth. The "poor" are overwhemingly former white middle class Americans who were displaced when the last 20 years of Republican budget fiascos blew up and destroyed the economy. It's very simple: Democrats believe and support the idea that American prosperity depends on a strong working middle class and the need for a safety net for the most vulnerable.
Republicans believe that America is best served by deregulating the economy and channeling the wealth to an upper echelon of benign overseers .
If you earn less than $100,000 a year and support the Republican party then you are just a fool who is helping to dig a mass grave for the rest of us.

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