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Balancing the budget on the backs of have-nots

Published: July 27, 2014 4:00 AM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is rolling out an updated budget plan that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending. The Republican proposal also would balance the government's books by cutting food stamps, health care for the have-nots, working class and programs such as Pell Grants for low-income college students, pensions for federal workers, steep cuts in Medicaid and Medicare and by privatizing Social Security.

In other words, once again Republicans have proven by their budget choice that they are cutting everything the helps the poor, working class in this country with no cuts to the rich and wealthy corporations.

We had an election a year and a half ago. Ryan's Voucher Care and cuts were voted down. He couldn't even explain how his budget wouldn't hurt the have-nots and the working class in this country.

Ryan and Republicans show their true colors when they reveal budgets such as these:

n Cutting food stamps when senior citizens and children go to bed hungry at night is a crime against humanity.

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n Cutting health care for the have-nots who can't afford health care without subsidies.

n Cutting Pell Grants so that low-income students aren't able to attend college.

Yep, the have-nots and working poor don't deserve a hand up, per Paul Ryan and the Republicans. That might take one penny out of the hands of the rich and wealthy corporations.

Paul Ryan and the GOP budget will balance on the backs of the poor, senior citizens, working class and students.

I have another question: Why are you and the Republicans giving a $200,000 tax break to the rich?

We need to guarantee all citizens dignified work, education and health care.

W. Frank Hairston, Ravenna Township

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redleg6 Jul 28, 2014 10:57 AM

From above:..We need to guarantee all citizens dignified work, education and health care.

Who is the "WE" you are talking about W. Frank? The Democrats? The government?

I don't think our constitution guarantee's a U.S. citizens from womb to the tomb coverage.

There are No guarantee's in this life except Death, and lots of taxes.


Anomy Jul 27, 2014 3:34 PM


I suspect the Republican Conservative, et al., will not understand the damage a Ryan type "Fiscal Policy" would do unless such policies are passed and I suspect the RepCon would refuse to take responsibility for those policies they are well on the recorsd as supporting.

I write that with confidence because of their past actions.

Who can forget how the RepCon bragged they were going to close the Federal Government, then they succeeded in closing the Government, they then very publically bragged how they succeeded in closing the Government, and when the American People became aware of what closing the Government actually did those who had been bragging ab pout closing the Government couldn't run away from their closing the Government fast and hard enough.

Even now the RepCon points blame in all directions but their own.

I believe the RepCon voter somehow imagines themselves immune from the repercussions of Ryan type "Fiscal Policies".

Our only real hope will to mobilize the voter.

amt_ Jul 27, 2014 8:06 AM


Democrats recklessly tax-and-spend everything they control into oblivion (like Detroit), then they lie and mis-represent every Republican attempt at sanity.