Melanie Nathan, August 11, 2012
Watch the Video where the Obama campaign spells out the Mitt Romney Ryan ticket and what it means to the vulnerable in America. According to David Axelrod – “If their records are any indication of how they’d govern, it’s not looking good (unless you’re a right-wing conservative in the top 5 percent of income-earners and NOT a woman or a worker counting on Medicare in your future). ”
This isn’t a matter of opinion:
— As an architect of the extreme GOP budget, Ryan will be Romney’s biggest advocate for his plan to give more tax breaks to millionaires, paid for by $2,000 in higher taxes on middle-class families with kids.
— The Ryan plan, which Romney said is “an excellent piece of work, and very much needed,” calls for deep cuts in education — from college scholarships to Head Start — critical scientific research, and clean energy investments, all to help pay for those tax cuts.
— Ryan authored the original plan to convert Medicare into a voucher program, costing seniors an additional $6,000 or more each year.
— Ryan talks tough on balancing the budget, but his own plan would fail to do that for a generation. The burden of balancing any Ryan budget falls squarely on the backs of seniors and middle-class families — while no one at the top is asked to pay even a dollar more.
— Both Romney and Ryan are severely conservative, threatening to take us backward on women’s issues and civil rights. Ryan cosponsored a bill that would ban common forms of birth control, in vitro fertilization, and abortions even in cases of rape or incest. He voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality.
On so many issues, Paul Ryan, like Mitt Romney, has taken extreme positions that are out of touch with the values most Americans share.
Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney both support trillions in budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires that will result in tax hikes on the middle class and deep cuts in education and other investments we need to grow. Ryan’s extreme budget plan, which Mitt Romney has embraced, would make deep spending cuts now to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, which would weaken the recovery and cost the economy jobs.
According to Harvard economist Jeffrey Liebman, based on Mitt Romney’s own projections on the impact of deep spending cuts on the economy, Paul Ryan’s budget plan could cost the U.S. more than 1 million jobs.
Ryan’s extreme budget plan would benefit the wealthy while raising taxes on middle-class families, slowing our economic recovery and hurting seniors and the middle class.
Deep tax giveaways for the wealthy:
Paul Ryan’s extreme budget includes a tax “reform” plan that would make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, and give millionaires an additional tax cut worth over $250,000 a year. Paying for these tax cuts for the most fortunate families would require higher taxes on the middle class, gutting investments in our future, and ending Medicare as we know it.
Raise taxes on the middle class:
Just like Mitt Romney’s tax plan, middle-class families could pay thousands of dollars more a year in taxes to help fund tax cuts for millionaires. Ryan would cut or eliminate middle-class tax deductions like mortgage interest, charitable contributions, and health premiums.
Paul Ryan’s plan would gut middle-class investments. To pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest, Paul Ryan would gut investments critical to middle-class security. This includes cutting Pell Grant scholarships for nearly 10 million students, cutting clean energy investments by 19%, and slowing scientific and medical research by eliminating tens of thousands of grants.
Paul Ryan’s plan would end Medicare as we know it
Paul Ryan’s extreme budget would end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program which would increase seniors’ health costs by $6,350 a year. Ryan has also proposed a plan that would have privatized Social Security, subjecting seniors’ retirement security to the whims of the stock market.
Paul Ryan is severely conservative
Like Mitt Romney, Ryan’s severely conservative positions are out of touch with most Americans’ values. He would take us backward on women’s health and equal rights.
Paul Ryan would take us backward on women’s health:
Ryan cosponsored a bill that could ban in-vitro fertilization, as well as many common forms of birth control, including the pill. It could also ban all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. He supported letting states prosecute women who have abortions and doctors who perform them.
Paul Ryan would take us backward on equal rights:
Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight for equal pay for equal work. He voted against repealing the discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and supports writing discrimination into the Constitution by amending it to ban gay marriage.
Paul Ryan votes no on marriage equality and LGBT legislation. See http://www.barackobama.com/romney/ryan/?source=em12_20120811_da_nd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=obama&utm_campaign=em12_20120811_da_nd
- Obama Camp Brands Romney-Ryan as ‘The Go Back Team’ (abcnews.go.com)
- Romney spokesman: Ryan skipping Florida has nothing to do with his plan to end Medicare (dailykos.com)
- Paul Ryan’s Tax Plan Would Slash Mitt Romney’s Tax Rate to 1 Percent (rollcall.com)