Today I see a Facebook post by Gerry Connolly, our entrenched leftist Congressman from northern Virginia. Like most leftists in Congress, Connolly thinks that the government exists to take money from some, and hand it out to others. Worse, his arguments against real, grownup approaches to solving problems, are misguided at best and downright sophomoric at worst.
So Gerry writes this blog post about how why he opposes Paul Ryan’s budget proposals. We’ll tick through them one at a time and dismantle them with ease.
1. It explodes the deficit. The Ryan plan relies on optimistic assumptions that tax cuts will stimulate the economy. We were promised the same magical benefits of tax cuts with the Bush Tax Cuts in 2001 and 2003, and what resulted was stagnant growth for a decade and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
It explodes the deficit?! The deficit is near a Trillion and a half dollars and has been since Obama took office. The Democrats – that’s Gerry Connolly – have not passed a budget in over 1200 days. The Democrat party has added over $5 trillion to the debt in 3 and a half years. This clown has the chutzpah to say Ryan’s plan explodes the deficit?! What the hell has HE been doing?
2. It slashes funding for Pell Grant Scholarships that help pay for the education of millions of students. Ryan’s budget plan makes it even harder for students to deal with the financial cost of college by cutting the funds that give them the opportunity to participate in the 21st-century economy.
I didn’t get a federal loan to go to college, and rightly so. It is not the federal government’s responsibility to provide loans for kids to go to college. Not only is it unconstitutional, but why the hell should I pay for somebody else’s kid to go to college. To a leftist, there is no such thing as self-reliance.
3. It ends Medicare as we know it. The Ryan Budget would turn Medicare from guaranteed health coverage into a voucher program, where the voucher doesn’t keep up with the rising cost of health care. Under Ryan’s plan, senior citizens would pay an average of $6,500 more annually for health care than they do now.
This is rich. Either Connolly is woefully uninformed, or he is lying to you. Ryan’s plan does NOT TOUCH anybody over 55. Second, It is Obama and Connolly who STOLE $716 Billion from Medicare to fund the centrally planned Obamacare. Again, Connolly is either sadly misinformed, or thinks so little of you that he will lie to you and think he can get away with it.
4. It guts programs essential to our economic recovery, like infrastructure and transportation projects. Defunding vital programs like these will eliminate critical structural improvements that create jobs. The Ryan Budget would also cut important funding for grants to medical, scientific, and clean energy research.
We’re $16 Trillion in debt. A big chunk is on credit cards issued by China and Japan. Connolly cites “clean energy research” even in the face of Solyndra, Beacon Power and a slew of other companies that just threw the money away – Billions of dollars, burned up. Not to mention the fact that we were supposed to have done this with the Stimulus. How many times did we hear Obama and Connolly say “shovel ready” and “infrastructure” and a bunch of other crap? Turns out, the Stimulus did NOTHING. Well, nothing but create $5 Trillion in new debt and leave the unemployment rate unchanged.
5. It defunds Planned Parenthood. The Ryan Budget defunds Planned Parenthood, eliminating access to low-cost preventative health services and cancer screenings.
Good. Planned Parenthood kills some 220,000 babies each year. Why should my tax dollars be used to fund that? Moreover, where in the Constitution is it written that the federal government is empowered to provide abortions, or any other health service?
There you have it. If these are the best arguments against Paul Ryan’s budget, it’s going to be a fun election season.