Snagged by Pat Darnell | Aug 12, 2012 | Bryan TX
" ... If you think the middle class has it too good, too much security, taxes aren't high enough, not enough fear of unemployment, too much help for education, and so on, while the wealthy haven't been coddled enough in recent years, not enough tax cuts, too little upward redistribution of income, not enough bank bailouts, etc., etc., then the Republican proposals should make you happy. (Krugman, Paul) ... "Economist's View: Ryan's Budget: The Most Fraudulent Proposal in American History: "So the pundits who praised this proposal when it was released were punked. The G.O.P. budget plan isn’t a good-faith effort to put America’s fiscal house in order; it’s voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness. ...
Fiscal Phonies, by : ...Until now the attack of the fiscal phonies has been mainly a national rather than a state issue, with Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, as the prime example."
'via Blog this'
" ... As regular readers of this column [Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times] know, Mr. Ryan has somehow acquired a reputation as a stern fiscal hawk despite offering budget proposals that, far from being focused on deficit reduction, are mainly about cutting taxes for the rich while slashing aid to the poor and unlucky. In fact, once you strip out Mr. Ryan’s “magic asterisks” — claims that he will somehow increase revenues and cut spending in ways that he refuses to specify — what you’re left with are plans that would increase, not reduce, federal debt. (Krugman, Paul. Aug 11, 2012. LINK) ... "--AND--
" ... They’re [Republicans] are willing to snatch food from the mouths of babes (literally, via cuts in crucial nutritional aid programs), but that’s a positive from their point of view — the social safety net, says Mr. Ryan, should not become “a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.” Maintaining low taxes on profits and capital gains, and indeed cutting those taxes further, are, however, sacrosanct. ...
Pink Slime Economics: ...Republicans in the House of Representatives passed what was surely the most fraudulent budget in American history. (Krugman, P..)... "
" ... Democrats hope those same voters will be alarmed by, say, Ryan’s call to turn " ... Medicare into a voucher program," or, by the massive cuts that would be required to make his numbers add up. Either way, the GOP’s vice-presidential nominee figures to play a central role in the 2012 race’s outcome. ... "(Kornacki, Steve. Aug 11, 2012. LINK)