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Paul Ryan on Social Security MediCare and Pell Grants

Paul Ryan was chosen by Mitt Romney as his Vice Presidential pick. Here’s 6 things to know about Paul Ryan, as researched by MoveOn:

1. His economic plan would cost America 1 million jobs in the first year. Ryan’s proposed budget would cripple the economy. He’d slash spending deeply, which would not only slow job growth, but shock the economy and cost 1 million of us our jobs in 2013 alone and kill more than 4 million jobs by the end of 2014.

2. He’d pickpocket the middle class to line the pockets of the rich. His tax plan is Robin Hood in reverse. He wants to cut taxes by $4.6 trillion over the next decade, but only for corporations and the rich, like giving families earning more than $1 million a year a $300,000 tax cut. And to pay for them, he’d raise taxes on middle- and lower-income households and butcher social service programs that help middle- and working-class Americans.

3. He’d kill Medicare. He’d replace Medicare with vouchers for retirees to purchase insurance, eliminating the guarantee of health care for seniors and putting them at the mercy of the private insurance industry. That could amount to a cost increase of more than $5,900 by 2050, leaving many seniors broke or without the health care they need. He’d also raise the age of eligibility to 67.

4. He’d dismantle Social Security. Ironically, Ryan used the Social Security Survivors benefit to help pay for college, but he wants to take that possibility away from future generations. He agrees with Rick Perry’s view that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and he supported George W. Bush’s disastrous proposal to privatize Social Security.

5. He’d eliminate Pell grants for more than 1 million low-income students. His budget plan cuts the Pell Grant program by $200 billion, which could mean a loss of educational funding for 1 million low-income students.

6. He’d give $40 billion in subsidies to Big Oil. His budget includes oil tax breaks worth $40 billion, while cutting “billions of dollars from investments to develop alternative fuels and clean energy technologies that would serve as substitutes for oil.”


One Response to “Paul Ryan on Social Security MediCare and Pell Grants”


    The following are programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting which might have some merit given the United States’ dire need to get its financial house in order. Having said this, guess the obvious question might be, what are all these doing in the budget in the first place?

    * International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings.
    * Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually.
    * General Assistance to District of Columbia — $210 million annual savings.
    * Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings
    * Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings.
    * Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings.
    * IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
    * Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT?
    * Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
    * Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings.
    * Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.WHAT???
    * Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings.
    * Save America’s Treasures Program — $25 million annual savings.
    * Legal Services Corporation — $420 million annual savings.
    * National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings.
    * National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings.
    * Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings.
    * Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings.
    * Eliminate duplicating education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
    * U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings.
    * Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy — $20 million annual savings.
    * Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings.
    * John C. Stennis Center Subsidy — $430,000 annual savings.
    * Community Development Fund — $4.5 billion annual savings.
    * Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings.
    * Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings.
    * Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program — $125 million annual savings.
    * Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings.
    * Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings.
    * New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings.
    * Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts — $9 million annual savings
    * Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings.
    * Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings.
    * Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings.
    * Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings.
    * Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings.
    * Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings.
    * Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings.
    * Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.
    * U.S. Agency for International Development — $1.39 billion annual savings.
    * Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings.
    * Presidential Campaign Fund — $775 million savings over ten years.
    * No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings.
    * End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
    * Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.
    * Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings.
    * Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings WELL ISN’T THAT SPECIAL
    * Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings.
    * USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.
    * Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — $93 million annual savings.
    * Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings.
    * Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs — $900 million savings.
    * Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings..WHY?????
    * HUD Ph.D. Program.
    * Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.

    * TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

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