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Yes tax breaks for the rich, that is so courageous and bitch-making. Why hasn't anyone thought of that before?

It's not like ceo pay is up 27% back to pre-recession levels or anything; they need even more bailouts.

Tax breaks? Tax breaks offset by removing all loopholes and tax credits.

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Riiiiiiiight. Because projecting the future based on the status quo is always statistically relevant and sound. Oh wait, it's not.

Also on topic:

WASHINGTON - In response to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's new budget proposal, Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle issued the following statement today:

"Americans hoping to get real about our national debt just got sucker-punched by Republican Paul Ryan.

"Republicans want to spend $40 trillion over ten years. That averages a staggering $4 trillion per year. As recently as 2000, federal spending was only about $1.8 trillion.

"They also want to increase the federal debt from $15.0 trillion to $23.1 trillion. I hope our children and grandchildren enjoy paying interest on that extra $8.1 trillion.

"Another unfortunate but predictable thing about Paul Ryan's budget is that it continues to mollycoddle the Pentagon. Paul Ryan is the Military-Industrial Complex's best friend. He apparently can't find one penny to cut from Obama's bloated levels of military spending. Only a big-government Republican could come up with language like 'reinvesting $100 billion in higher military priorities.'

http://www.lp.org/news/press-releases/libertarians-say-paul-ryan-is-worse-than-bill-clinton

Cause Paul Ryan is the savior, baby!

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Oh yeah theres that courageous move. Apparently the only people Mr. Stand Up Guy is not afraid of are the poor elderly of the future.

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wasn't obama care projecting savings and junk? both of these proposals are just on paper

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Don't trust Ryan...he's already shown signs of same ole same ole.

Nobody listened to Rand Paul's budget plan so don't get your hopes up.

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Jack Ryan can whip Paul Ryan.

He'll prolly wanna do it in front of a bunch of French people too. :D

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Oh yeah.

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mollycoddle?

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Paul Ryan's plan to replace Medicare with a system of vouchers for seniors to buy health care on the private market ... ends the guarantee that all American seniors will have health insurance. The Medicare system we've had in place for the past 45 years promises that once you reach 65, you will be covered by a government-financed health-insurance plan. Mr. Ryan's plan promises that once you reach 65, you will receive a voucher for an amount that he thinks ought to be enough for individuals to purchase a private health-insurance plan. ... If that voucher isn't worth enough for some particular senior to buy insurance, and that particular senior isn't wealthy enough to top off the coverage, or is a bit forgetful and neglects to purchase insurance, there's no guarantee that that person will be insured. It's up to you; you carry the risk.

Mr. Ryan thinks this is a good thing, because individuals who are responsible for paying for their own health insurance will be strongly motivated to seek better insurance at a lower price. I think this is a terrible thing, because the mechanism Mr. Ryan is using to incentivize people to seek better coverage for the price is to expose them to the risk that they will suffer from disease for which their insurance doesn't cover them. The threat that you will suffer illness with inadequate treatment because you can't afford it and your insurance doesn't cover it is certainly a pretty strong motivator for most people to seek better insurance. But the purpose of insurance is to insulate people from risks like that. Furthermore, individuals do not have negotiating power when they go up against health-insurance companies. You and I don't know what the risks or costs of different illnesses and treatments are, and we don't have the time or expertise to evaluate the legal fine print of insurance agreements with the care and attention devoted to them by the insurance companies who write them.

The idea of making market forces work to bring down health-care and health-insurance costs is plausible. What's not plausible is the idea that average individuals are the best-placed people to be carrying out those negotiations. It's entirely possible to set up markets where powerful, well-informed organizations represent individuals in negotiations with insurers and providers in order to bring prices down, without putting those individuals at risk of losing their coverage or of having to go untreated. That's how the Affordable Care Act envisions saving money on Medicare, without running the risk that the elderly will lose their health-insurance coverage. ...

Also, this is worth a read too.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/paul-ryans-multiple-unicorns/

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If only there were large, well organized groups of ordinary folks who, when banded together, could muster up the resources to go up against these big insurance companies and negotiate better rates and coverages, and perhaps even motivate the companies making record profits on the backs of these workers (recognized as the most productive in the world per person) to share those profits a bit to make sure the folks who made things go don't have to go into retirement wondering if they will have to choose between food and medicine, or whether they will have to depend on their children to pay their medical bills.

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Krugman? Really?

We're talking about reducing government deficits and you post a blog entry from a leftist biased dude that's pissed Obama's not spending MORE government money.

The medicare/aid fix is really nothing more than the prescription drug scenario where it's still a government subsidized healthcare that allows the person to select what's best for their scenario. And in cases where the poor can't even meet the new requirement, there are additional subsidy qualifiers.

Take that Krugman-scheisse out of here.

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Take a Nobel winning economist out of here?

Oh, okay. You're smarter than him, I forgot.

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