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On Monday, the Washington Post ("Paul Ryan, GOP's budget architect, sets his sights on fighting poverty and winning minds") published a glowing profile of failed 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. His extremist makeover, the Post suggests, can be summed up by Jesus Christ and Jack Kemp, the two names whose emphasis on charity and lower-class economic empowerment are at the center of Ryan's effort to project a friendlier face of the GOP.

Unfortunately for Ryan, most Americans will recall the two words he repeatedly used--"makers and takers" to divide the nation into those he and his GOP colleagues deem deserving and undeserving. And as his House GOP budget passed three years in a row by 95 percent of Congressional Republicans shows, Paul Ryan has left little doubt whose side he is on. With his massive tax cut for the wealthy, draconian cuts to social programs, the lowest level of non-defense discretionary spending since the 1950's and red ink as far as the eye can see, Paul Ryan's new words don't match his deeds.

In Matthew 19:24, Jesus said, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." But as this chart shows, under Paul Ryan's tax plan the rich will do very well here on earth:

According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, Ryan's plan to reduce the top tax rate from 39.6 to 25 percent, to shift from seven income brackets to two (10 and 25 percent), to cut the corporate tax from 35 to 25 percent and other changes will cost Uncle Sam $5.7 trillion over the next 10 years. March, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) forecast that Ryan's payday for the gilded class would slash the average tax bill for millionaires by $330,000 (15.4 percent) a year. As TPC's Howard Gleickman summed up the math:

The tax cuts described in Ryan's budget would generate a huge windfall for high-income taxpayers. On average, households would get a cut of $3,000. But those in the top 0.1 percent of income, who make $3.3 million or more, would get a whopping $1.2 million on average-a 20 percent increase in their after-tax income.
And Ryan wants to do all of this, it turns out, after years of the total federal tax bite as a share of the U.S. economy hitting its lowest level since the early 1950's and income inequality at its highest since 1929.

While Ryan wants to deprive the U.S. Treasury of roughly $6 trillion over the next decade, his impact on the America's poor and elderly would be just as dramatic. His budget blueprint repeals Obamacare and cuts Medicaid funding by a third, leaving an estimated 38 million more people without health insurance that currently projected. His underfunded voucher scheme inevitably rations Medicare and significantly shifts costs onto future generations of American seniors. All told, the Economic Policy Institute concluded last year:

The current level of domestic discretionary spending is 4 percent of GDP, about equal to the historical average since the early 1960s. As the graph below shows, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's budget implements massive cuts to the domestic discretionary budget, bringing it to 2.1 percent of GDP, the lowest level in over 50 years.

Last December, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office CBO warned that "going over the fiscal cliff" could have reduced gross domestic product by 2.9 percent and driven the unemployment rate to 9.1 percent by the end of this year. While that result was largely averted, Paul Ryan's House GOP budget for fiscal year 2014 would have proven even more painful. An assessment by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that Ryan's blueprint would cut spending by $121 billion in FY 2014 and by another $343 billion in 2015. The result?

On net, we estimate that the Ryan budget would decrease gross domestic product (GDP) by 1.7 percent and decrease nonfarm payroll employment by 2.0 million jobs in calendar year 2014 relative to current policy. We estimate that the Ryan budget would increase the unemployment rate by between 0.6 percentage points and 0.8 percentage points.

Despite those savage cuts, Paul Ryan's House Republican budget would still produce more national debt than any budget proposal offered by the Obama White House for a very simple reason. Ryan's Treasury-draining tax cuts far exceed his spending reductions. As the Center for American Progress explained of the 2012, pre-sequester version of Ryan's budgetary road map:

But the House budget's entire claim to deficit reduction is built on the foundation of those fantasy revenue levels. Without them, the debt goes up, not down. In fact, with all the House budget's tax cuts properly accounted for, revenue would average just 15.3 percent of GDP from 2013 through 2022, not 18.3 percent. The result: deficits would never drop below 4.4 percent of GDP, and would rise to more than 5 percent of GDP by 2022. The national debt, measured as a share of GDP, would never decline, surpassing 80 percent by 2014, and 90 percent by 2022. By comparison, President Barack Obama's budget proposal, released in February, would stabilize the debt by 2015, and bring it down to 76 percent by 2022.

Now in Ryan's defense, the picture would be somewhat brighter if he would define what he means by the "base broadening" he claims will accompany his lower tax rates. But since he first unveiled his first Road Map for America's Future over three years ago, Congressman Ryan hasn't had the courage to name a single one of the tax breaks, deductions and loopholes that now Uncle Sam nearly $1.3 trillion a year. Without doing that, Ryan's budget will hemorrhage ever more red ink--forever.

So what will it be?  Will Ryan call for limiting or ending the $99 billion per year home mortgage interest deduction?  The $58 billion Earned Income Tax Credit Ronald Reagan called "the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress?"  The $52 billion lost annually to the deduction for charitable giving. All Ryan will say is that he wants to "'stop subsidizing the wealthy. Close the tax shelters and loopholes that are disproportionately used by the wealthy so that we can get more tax revenue by having a broader tax base with lower rates." But when pressed on how he would do that, he decided discretion was the better part of valor. As he explained to Joe Scarborough two years ago:

"We want to do this in the light of day and in front of everybody. So the Ways and Means Committee, which is in charge of the tax system, sent us the plan here, which is a 10 and 25 percent bracket for individuals and small businesses, and then they want to have hearings and, in light of day, show how they would go about doing this."
During the 2012 presidential campaign, the Romney-Ryan ticket pulled the same stunt. Without naming a single tax break they would curb, Ryan's running mate promised only that the top "1 percent keeps paying the current share they're paying or more."

Even after assuming the closure of tax loopholes and deductions which disproportionately favor the rich, the Tax Policy Center forecast that President Romney would cut taxes for the richest five percent of earners while increasing the tax bill for the other 95 percent of Americans. It's no wonder Ezra Klein concluded that "'broadening the base and lowering the rates' is anti-family tax reform," adding:

"The size of the tax cut he's proposing for the rich is larger than all of the tax expenditures that go to the rich put together. As such, it is mathematically impossible for him to keep his promise to make sure the top one percent keeps paying the same or more."
Or to put it in a way the new Paul Ryan would understand, his budget means lower spending and higher taxes for "the least of these." As for the rich, they'll be riding even bigger camel through the eye of the needle.

Originally posted to Jon Perr on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 01:52 PM PST.

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  •  Ryan is seeking to prove the Great Society (6+ / 0-)

    led to current social decay by giving people incentives to not work and not save.  Problem is his solution is to privatize welfare since that has worked so well in the past.

    Until the feds forced the Church out of the charity business, there was no want or deprivation in the country.  the want and deprivation only came after the evil Dems addicted voters to the public trough or so the GOP wants people to believe.

    I have to wonder how tone deaf this latest national tour will be as I note Ryan is supposedly looking for African American ministers to tour with him as he does a victory lap of African American churches

  •  Paul Ryan, the 'bagger Shadow Govt's Albert Speer (3+ / 0-)
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    At a demonstration last month at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, far-right activist Larry Klayman called upon demonstrators “to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come up with his hands out.” Today, Klayman and allies on the far-right who recently formed the Reclaim American Now Coalition (RAN) will be continuing Klayman’s call for revolution and to deliver a new declaration of independence at a demonstration in Washington’s Lafayette Park – steps away from the White House.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 02:18:25 PM PST

  •  This guy... (3+ / 0-)
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    A f'in great diary! Lots 'o links to hot list..

    This guy almost is a spittin close to Vlad..

    WI sure has a few of these morons in suits. In no way is it representitive of the rest of the persons in the state...

    Walker just had an interview too..

    •  Thanks for the link to that article (2+ / 0-)
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      sillycarrot, JeffW

      on Walker.  I almost had a coronary, however, at Walker describing himself as a "principled leader".  My God.  The man is either seriously delusional about his real personality or is the biggest bold-faced liar in politics today (and that's saying something given the number of outrageous liars in politics today).  It was a very informative article and well worth the read.  Walker is so self-involved he doesn't even get that his words reveal some very unflattering things about himself and the kind of person he really is.  Ugh.  What a screwed up creep.

      "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

      by 3goldens on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 03:16:51 PM PST

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      •  Some gems in that article. (1+ / 0-)
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        BFL. bold face liar. No question. John Doe.

        "Fight.." seemed to pop up alot. More apt to a description would be "Rigged.."

        It was certainly a tough read...

      •  Walker IS seriously delusional.. and dangerous (0+ / 0-)

        He is totally in the thrall of the plutocracy, conveniently forgetting that he is SUPPOSED to be working for "We, The People", NOT the effin' WEALTHY ONLY...

        What he has done to Wisconsin is deplorable...

        America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

        by dagnome on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 07:53:37 AM PST

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  •  Thanks, Jon, for a great diary! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

    by 3goldens on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 03:17:32 PM PST

  •  What I don't uderstand is why those that have (1+ / 0-)
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    more money then they could ever spend what to make sure that those in need do without.

    The only explanation I can come up with is they must be Calvinist, ie.  they are G-ds chosen because of their wealth, all others should suffer, the more the better.

    •  Or the even more radical prosperity gospel (0+ / 0-)

      God blesses his chosen on earth with lots of money. The more money you have the more blessed (moral, superior) you are. A deeply held belief by much of the populace, and an argument that people use in numerous ways to justify putting a neck to the boot of the poor and treating common workers like garbage.

      The plutocrats have convinced to many of us to internalize this selfish parasite enabling tripe.

      •  The Problem Is (0+ / 0-)

        that this crap works...Too many people in our society believe this form (or any form, really) of "prosperity gospel" nonsense...Generalizing here, we, the masses, believe that we can live vicariously through the uber-wealthy, and perhaps...maybe (but not really) be one of the them.  So, instead of fighting for real, meaningful change, the masses are left fighting for the few remaining scraps (if there are any left).  And, if you DARE speak about the inequality, then you are engaging in class war-fare or are otherwise jealous of the wealthy....Unfortunately, I don't see things changing anytime soon...Most ppl are too caught up (myself included) in just getting through their day-today existence (whatever form that takes).

        •  I wonder how (0+ / 0-)

          many ppl will show up to the stores that are open on Thanksgiving Day (I certainly will not, but I have never engaged in that black Friday stuff)?  PPls rush out to save a few coins on stuff that they most likely don't need...The flip side are the ppl whose holidays are ruined (I am looking at you Wal Mart, Macys and all of the rest).  Heaven forbid that you employees actually have an opportunity to enjoy their holiday (to the extent that they can on the subsistence wages they receive)....

  •  Meanwhile, back at the ranch... (2+ / 0-)
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    Obama DEA / IRS raid Denver area pot businesses.

    Now - correct me if I'm wrong - I believe the Obama administration had previously said they would basically not interfere..

    From the Washington Post, August 2013:

    The Obama administration said Thursday that it would not challenge laws legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington state as long as those states maintain strict rules involving the sale and distribution of the drug.
    That didn't last long, did it?

    Waking Up Yet?

    The 1% are Purists: They only support Candidates that Deliver Results They Can Bank On. Don't they know they should compromise? /sarcasm

    by Johnathan Ivan on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 07:40:58 PM PST

  •  First two links are reversed. The Jack Kemp... (0+ / 0-)

    ...reference is in the "Paul Ryan" link, not the "Jack kemp" link

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 07:45:11 PM PST

  •  I liked this description of Ryan (6+ / 0-)

    I read this by Charles Pierce in Esquire and have been laughing all day. He nails it.

    "I swear, it is harder to get the members of our courtier press to give up their fairy tales than it is to get someone off smack. By all reasonable measures, Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin and first runner-up in the most recent vice-presidential pageant, should be a spent force in our politics. Every time he produces a "budget," actual economists collapse in helpless laughter and other Republicans hide behind the drapes."

  •  About Jack Kemp. (2+ / 0-)
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    I was in state government administering  anti-poverty and homeless programs when he was at HUD. And years later he addressed a conference I was at, along with Robert Reich.

    Kemp seriously and passionately gave a shit about poverty and poverty prevention. While I disagreed with his approaches overall, everything he advocated was better than nothing.

    If there were Republicans like that today, etc. etc. never mind....

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 07:52:13 PM PST

  •  the poster is right..those darn loopholes (0+ / 0-)

    Since top income earners don't actually pay 25% (no matter what the published rate, research shows the rates stuck around 20% for high earners for years, even when the published rate was in the 90's!) , if we had a flat tax with no exemptions for wealthy earners we would actually collect more revenue.  So much of income for the wealthy is realized capital gains and this gets a lower tax rate.  That 5.8% of all taxes collected is mostly the top 2-3% income earners.  As with the 4.2% of estate assets.

    But Congress, and this includes Democrats, are not willing to get rid of loopholes in the tax code that primarily benefit the rich.   Note that 39% is the marginal tax rate for the top earners.  This is the tax on the last dollar they make, so the average is always lower.  Add loopholes and it is their effect tax rate.  Usually 20% on average.

    We just can't get rid of our loopholes.

    By the way, the mortgage deduction benefits the more well off as the the more debt you have, the bigger the deduction.

    By the way, if everyone went on Obamacare, the insurance subsidy given to the more well off that work at big firms would also disappear.  This tax subsidy also helps explain health care inflation.

    •  Hogwash (2+ / 0-)
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      IRS data from the 1950s shows that in the 1950s under Eisenhower when the top marginal federal tax rate was 91% the effective tax rate on the richest Americans was in the 40 to 55 percent range.

      Effective tax rates on the richest are near the lowest since Andrew Mellon last had the bright idea to slash taxes on the richest to 25 percent in the 1920s. We all know how well that eventually worked out.Now Ryan wants to emulate Mellon who said that the effects of the depression would be desirable since it would "purge the rotteness out of the system. "

      •  no you are mistaken (0+ / 0-)

        You are confusing published tax rates -statutory tax rates with the tax rates people actually pay-effective tax rats.  See the 2004 CBO study for years 1979 through 2001.  Effective rates stayed about the same no matter what the statutory tax

        From Peter Schiff, commenting on the high 81% statutory rates:

        The tax code of the 1950s allowed upper-income Americans to take exemptions and deductions that are unheard of today. Tax shelters were widespread, and not just for the superrich. The working wealthy—including doctors, lawyers, business owners and executives—were versed in the art of creating losses to lower their tax exposure.

        Higher statutory rates=more deductions=more political pressure=same effective tax rate.  No...this is not hogwash.

        One needs to understand this for political debates

  •  Dear paul (0+ / 0-)

    please show me the things you have made with your hands .
    And no I don't mean the finger .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 07:59:34 PM PST

  •  Here's my anti-poverty plan (5+ / 0-)
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    1) Raise income taxes on the wealthiest Americans
    2) Cut income taxes on the poor and middle class
    3) Increase the minimum wage in order to give every full-time wage earner a living wage, and tie future minimum wage increases to inflation
    4) Guarantee collective bargaining rights and make it easier for workers to form unions
    5) Expand Social Security
    6) Implement either a public option or single-payer health care system
    7) Eliminate special tax breaks for specific corporations and corporations in specific industries
    8) Prohibit employers from refusing to hire people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, military service, current employment status (I've heard stories of employers not even considering hiring people who are receiving unemployment checks), etc.

    My parents made me a Democrat. Scott Walker made me a progressive.

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 08:02:47 PM PST

    •  Excellent Plan (1+ / 0-)
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      You've nailed it!  
      Paul Ryan talks about "Makers" and "Takers"  Does he mean the Makers like the guy making McBurgers for a pittance and the CEO Takers who get rich on the Maker's labor?  
      I've heard Billionaires and Millionaires say they got rich by lots of hard work. but it wasn't their hard work.  It was the hard work of all their worker bees who didn't get adequately compensated for their labor.  

  •  Rob Zerban - WI01 (6+ / 0-)

    Had enough of Paul Ryan?
    With our help Rob Zerban will send Ryan back to Janesville.

    Google Rob Zerban - take a look at his positions.  He's not just the guy going against Ryan.  He's a Progressive, smart, well spoken, decent guy that will make a great Member of the House.

  •  Every time Ryan starts yapping (1+ / 0-)
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    I feel the urgent desire to contribute more to Rob Zerban's campaign. Maybe he can take up motivational speaking when he loses his current job.

  •  Oh, Paul, when it comes to taking.... (2+ / 0-)
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    I see you taking plenty - lots of taking going on where you're concerned. You've done mighty well sucking at the Federal teat. And it's more than a little ungracious to try and rob people of the very program that saved your ungrateful ass when you were growing up. Now, with the education you got thanks to the taxpayers of America, now you think its bad to help others the way you were helped.
    That's information that would have rung more true if you had turned down the money and done what millions of poor American kids do - work 100% of your way through college on your own, or, put on a uniform and serve your country - and take a chance that you'll come home able to use your GI Bill.
    But, you, you special precious brat, you were too good for that, weren't you, so you didn't serve your country, you're too good for that, and you didn't work your way through school. That's for the little people, not you. You let the Fed carry your sorry spoiled ass. Probably why you think you're so special now.
    Well, you're not special, Paul. You're arrogant and self-serving and you are every bit as authentic as your lame attempt to stage a fake act of compassion in that food kitchen.
    And, just as you are doing in Congress, you simply got in the way of the people actually working in that kitchen, and then you walked off and left a mess for others to clean up.

  •  Paul Ryan's budget is a sham (1+ / 0-)
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    Where are the jobs?  Get this country back to work, Paul, John, Mitch, and all you guys who are so worried sick over our debt and that the budget doesn't balance.

    All this talk that will do nothing to improve the situation but make it worse.  This does not address the problems that we face because:

    We still have instrastructure that is falling apart.  There are unsafe bridges all across this country, levees that need  attention, water mains, water reservoirs, crumbling schools, and roads and ports need repair to assure our commerce can travel without difficulty.

    These jobs have been sitting on the sidelines because they really would create revenue, boost our social security and medicare coffers by more people getting a paycheck.

    Our cities and communities would have thriving small businesses because money would be spent where the jobs are.

    These jobs are not only construction, but architects, engineers, logistic analyzers, trucking, the cement industry, office personnel, etc.  This boost to our economy is just waiting for Congress to authorize it and get a jobs bill passed.

    We don't have to ask ourselves what happened to the John Boehner who took the gavel as Speaker and promised he would focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.  I guess he pretty quick got the message from his puppeteers that jobs, jobs, jobs would make President Obama look too good.

    It is better to forfeit your own country and countrymen, then to work in a bipartisan way to get this country moving again.  They are a pitiful bunch of human beings.  Shame on them.

  •  Re: Ryan and Jesus (4+ / 0-)

    Paul Ryan:

    “You cure poverty eye to eye, soul to soul,” he said last week at the Heritage forum. “Spiritual redemption: That’s what saves people.”
    I really, really wish someone would ask Paul Ryan:
    Senator Ryan, you've repeatedly talked about your admiration for the philosophy of the noted atheist and opponent of Christianity, Ayn Rand, going so far as to say it is "required reading" for your staff.

    Another admirer of Ayn Rand was Anton Lavey, the founder of the Satanic Church, who said that Satanism was not only inspired by Rand's philosophy, but actually is Rand's philosophy.

    How then do you reconcile your often-professed Christian spiritual values with your admiration for Satanism?

  •  ryan (0+ / 0-)

    maybe ryan could create a bill demanding the separation of church and greed/hoarding......then they could all forget about that camel and the eye of the needle crap......and get on to some true rape and pillage of the less does a christian justify spitting in the eye of their savior.......

  •  Ryan acting like a cheap whore (0+ / 0-)
  •  Crazy (0+ / 0-)

    Being a so called Conservative Wonk must be a mental illness, this is nuts

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    Government is neither the all problem nor all the solution, but a large part of the solution as the period from 1933 to 1973 shows.  Steps to a fairer stronger economy:
    STEP 1.  a)  pay a fair living wage to all worker around $15/h
    b)  raise social security dividend by 10%
    c)  pass a jobs/infrastructure stimulus improvement program
    STEP 2.  a)  seek new sources of revenue such as a 0.05% tax on all stock and bond trades; a 0.1% on all derivative and hedge fund trades and a 0.5% tax on all same day trades
    b)  raise social security cap to $1M with employers’ matching the first $250,000
    c)  define income as being from all sources: wages, salaries, interest, dividends, capital gains, bonuses, hudge and other funds, derivatives, and anything else which produces a yearly income.  Tax all as income at the same progressive taxing rate.
    STEP 3.  a)  eliminate all corporate campaign contributions of all types.    corporations are not people
    b)  do not elect those who wish to redistribute wealth upward by reducing taxes for the few while cutting safety net programs for the unfortunate many
    c)  always remember plants grow best when their roots are watered and feed not their leaves

  •  This is despicable (0+ / 0-)

    I'm so tired of people who despite ALL evidence to the contrary insist on treating the poor and working classes as lazy moochers, who only work if the vaunted rich put the lash to them.

  •  Paul Ryan anti poverty? (0+ / 0-)

    A charming little fable that served as a cautionary tale against a "culture of dependency" that ran as an ad in 1951  could be suitable for all Republicans to read to their children today. One coud imagine Paul Ryan reading this  tale of the dangers of "entitlement" to any of his children.Take a look

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