The president of hope and change had some harsh words for the only serious budget proposal out there. He called Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which outlines a fiscal austerity plan that includes providing more budget autonomy to states, “social Darwinism.” He claimed the GOP wants to cut off care for those with Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s, autism, cancer, etc. He even said that the GOP budget would threaten weather reports!
This lack of civility from a leader who was supposed to restore civility to public discourse is intentional. The president, and his party have no publicly announced serious plan to address excess spending, tax reform, entitlement reform, and deficits that surpass $1 trillion a year. Obama’s “budget plan” failed to garner a single vote in the U.S. House. Democrats control the U.S. Senate, but have failed to provide a budget in well over 1,000 days. even though only 51 votes is needed to pass a budget.
I mentioned the Democrats have not publicly offered a budget. They have a budget plan for the future but they’re afraid to unveil it. What they want is to make the middle class dependent on government for a comfortable existence. It’s how the Democrats remain in power. To try to achieve this power, significant tax increases are needed. There’s no other way to even hope to have a chance to fund Medicare, Medicaid, ObamaCare, and Social Security, etc.
What the Democrats want are a value added tax that would approach 30 percent. In a nutshell, a VAT of 30 percent would increase prices 30 percent. Democrats would also like to take the FICA tax (taxes which are supposed to fund Social Security, Medicare …) and remove any limits on how much a person earns before the tax is withheld.
These are very unpopular proposals, and I doubt they could even solve the long-term fiscal entitlement problems we have. However, they would at least be honest solutions from the president and his party, rather than the demagoguery and fear-mongering that Obama and others have launched on the Ryan budget.
Ryan’s budget is far from perfect; it needs bipartisanship. But it has concrete steps to end the fiscal insanity. They include two tax brackets, 10 percent and 25 percent, and a Medicare reform plan that provides seniors subsidies that could be spent on traditional Medicare or private care. It also repeals ObamaCare. Most importantly, the Ryan budget hopes to eventually set non-entitlement spending at 5.75 percent of the budget. It’s currently at 12.5 percent. The goal to get that low is 2030.
It’s an audacious plan, and counters the Democrats’ goal to make government the decider of middle class comforts. Hence the attacks. It’s an important issue. It would help if the Democrats would address these issues honestly.