House Republicans are proposing more than $4 trillion in federal spending cuts over the next 10 years by reshaping popular programs like Medicare, the Budget Committee chairman said Sunday, setting off a new battle in the budget wars
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Rep. Ryan said Republicans would call for strict caps on all government spending, requiring cuts to take effect whenever Congress exceeds those limits.
“We are going to put out a plan that gets our debt on a downward trajectory and gets us to a point of giving our next generation a debt-free nation,” Rep. Ryan said, even as he predicted that the politically charged initiatives he intended to lay out in the 2012 budget beginning Tuesday would give Democrats a “political weapon to go against us.”
“But they will have to lie and demagogue to make that a political weapon,” he said.
Democrats quickly proved him correct when liberal Democratic political strategists such as Donna Brazile assailed fiscal conservatives for “taking medicine from seniors” and cutting taxes for “the rich and their corporate donors.”
That’s called demagoguery! And, of course, it’s untrue.
Now looming in the immediate future is the possibility that the government might be shut down if an agreement on the budget cannot be reached. That cannot be allowed to happen. It is not in the interests of the American people for the government to shut down.
Congress is fighting over some $73 billion dollars — a pittance in relation to the entire budget. They need to get their act together and pass a budget based on reality.
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