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Federal Government Shutdown and Paul Ryan's Fraudulent Battle


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President Obama and the GOP-controlled House are headed on a collision course to shut down the Federal Government for the first time since 1995. Paul Ryan, a rising star in the Republican party is the architect behind the Republicans’ budget proposal. As you will soon see, Ryan’s budget is not all it’s cracked up to be despite his claims to having a roadmap for America's future.

To be fair - Ryan’s budget calls for severe cuts from Medicaid, ending the Medicare entitlement, and slashing planned spending on energy, transportation, education, veterans benefits, counterterrorism and more. This results in slashing trillions in spending.

However, what is central to Ryan’s budget, is also the downfall of it, which lies in taxcuts benefiting the wealthiest Americans. Added to that, a massive tax-hike for the middle class will be unaviodable according to his so-called budget plan.

Paul Ryan has also played the old spin doctor game in hopes of garnering support from across the aisle.

Ryan has lied about the bipartisanship of the plan, claiming that he had the endorsement of former Clinton advisor Alice Rivlin who told Politico that she didn’t support the actual budget he proposed.

According to the Washington Post, the Republicans’ budget plan will end up increasing the federal debt by more than $8 trillion over the next 10 years. And, it continues federal budget deficits until nearly 2040. And, Ryan’s budget wouldn’t be in compliance for the next quarter century.

Is this a battle worth fighting for - especially since it will result in the shutdown of the federal government?

Even House Speaker John Boehner realizes the Democrats will win if there is a federal government shutdown.

The reality is most Americans don’t want to see Medicare or Medicaid gutted in order to stave off a shutdown. At the same time, there will need to be an adjustment to these entitlement programs. With the baby boomer generation set to retire something has to give.

Giving immense taxcuts to the wealthiest Americans has nothing to do with controlling spending, but rather to appease the base of the Republican Party who were angered by President Obama rolling things back from the good old days of the Bush Administration - when the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich was unprecedented.

Now, the wealthiest Republicans have their rising star doing their bidding in Paul Ryan under the guise of saving the Federal Government.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com