Skip to comments.Ryan's Budget Doesn't Suck As Much As Ed Schultz Thinks It Does
Posted on 03/21/2012 10:20:23 AM PDT by careyb
The Schultz video is here.
In fact, it's actually pretty awesome.
Since Ed Schultz is basically the embodiment and concentration of left-wing paranoia about budget cuts in this country, his arguments are all that we need to deal with.
So let's tackle them one by one.
Schultz: The Republican party is still trying to do away with social programs for millions of Americans.
Actually, the only social program eliminated in Ryan's budget is ObamaCare. And since a) hardly anybody wants ObamaCare and b) the Supreme Court will probably rule it unconstitutional anyway, this is really a moot point.
Schultz: Ryan's plan gets rid of Medicare "as we know it today".
Of course Schultz is fudging here, and he knows it. Anytime any improvement is made to a government program like Medicare, then it changes "as we know it today".
But there's more. Ryan's budget actually will stop the raid on the Medicare trust fund that was going to be used to pay for ObamaCare.
In the mind of Schultz, taking money from Medicare is okay... as long as you are a Democrat.
Schultz: Financing for Medicaid... coverage would be reduced for the elderly and disabled.
This is a projection that Schultz doesn't event attempt to substantiate.
In fact the Ryan budget handles Medicaid spending by issuing block grants to the states, and letting the states determine how best to spend the money.
Even Jonathan Cohn, writing for The New Republic, writes that he is "willing to believe" that some states could find more efficient ways to spend the money than the federal government does.
And remember, saving money by spending it more efficiently does not equate to a reduction in services.
Schultz: More than 30 million Americans would lose their health care coverage.
Once again, he's referring to the fact that Ryan's budget will repeal ObamaCare.
And let's be clear on a couple of points: First, the "30 million" number is a regurgitated left-wing talking point that hasn't been substantiated satisfactorily.
Second, those "30 million" don't get their health coverage under ObamaCare until 2014. And that's only in the unlikely event that the Supreme Court finds the legislation constitutional.
Schultz then goes on to list a number of programs which, he claims, will experince "substantial cuts".
To which we retort: Duh!
You can't cut without cutting.
But even disregarding that, Schultz still goes on with the half-truths. Citing college education loans as one of those items facing "substantial cuts," Schultz doesn't admit that Pell Grant loans will be means-tested under Ryan's budget.
And what was the plan produced by Ed Schultz to reduce the ever-increasing deficit? Oh yeah, he doesn't provide one.
The nation is $16 trillion in debt, and it's admirable that Paul Ryan has the courage to put forth a proposal that will do something about that.
Here is the actual Ryan budget, for those who care to read it.
Ed Schultz is a slut................
sgt schultz sucks even more than i think he does.
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