• GOP Budget Will Save Medicare by Eliminating Medicare

    So, this new budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan… I don't even know what to say. Partially because I'm not smart enough to understand numbers and stuff. But also because I guess Republicans aren't even pretending to care about non-millionaire people anymore, I guess?

    From what I can piece together with this feeble all-the-Mountain-Goats-song-lyrics-remembering-but-can't-divide-without-a-calculator brain of mine, this budget would raise taxes for the bottom 95 percent of the country in order to make room for additional tax cuts to the top 5 percent while also "saving" Medicare by ending Medicare and replacing it with a less comprehensive privatized system of vouchers.

    Does anybody who isn't on the Koch Brothers' Christmas card list actually think this is a good idea?

    Republican leaders united Tuesday behind House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) newly-released proposal that cuts trillions in federal spending over ten years while ending Medicare and Medicaid as we know it.

    "Chairman Ryan and the members of the Budget Committee have done an excellent job putting together a budget worthy of the American people," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). "I hope every American concerned about our country‚Äôs future will take a look at it."…

    The proposal aims to cut over $6 trillion in federal spending, in part by essentially privatizing Medicare for Americans currently under 55 and capping their benefit payouts at roughly $15,000. It also eliminates the guarantee on Medicaid benefits and turns it into a program of block grants for states.

    "This is the path to prosperity," Ryan said Tuesday as he introduced the plan.

    Prosperity for somebody certainly.

    By the way, when we turn all the way into Somalia, am I gonna be able to just get a job as a pirate, or am I gonna have to go to some kind of pirate school first?


    Tags: Health Care, House of Representatives, Medicaid, Medicare, Paul Ryan, Republicans, Taxes, Wisconsin

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