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A closer look at Paul Ryan's budget plan
Pioneer Press/Milwaukee Journal ^ | 8-12-12 | Dave Umhoefer

Posted on 08/12/2012 9:38:05 AM PDT by TurboZamboni

Here is a look at some of the key provisions of Ryan's plan:

-- Medicare: Ryan proposed leaving the current structure of Medicare in place for people now 55 and older, while substituting a different program for younger Americans. Instead of a government-run program that pays directly for the medical services that Medicare recipients get, the Ryan plan would give people a subsidy they would use to pay their health insurance premiums.

-- Balanced budget: The long-term reductions in Medicare spending help get the Ryan plan on paper to a balanced budget around 2040

-- Savings: Much of the 10-year saving in the budget plan is derived from repealing federal health care reforms, which Republicans have termed "Obamacare," and making major cuts in domestic programs such as Medicaid and food stamps, which would be transformed into block grants to states.

Food stamps would also come with new work rules and time limits to discourage long-term use. Ryan also proposed reducing spending on financial aid for college; having federal employees pay more into their pensions; reducing the federal workforce through attrition; freezing federal pay through 2015; and eliminating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

-- Military spending: Ryan proposed protecting military spending from the sharp automatic cuts the two parties agreed to in the debt ceiling showdown.

-- Taxes: The plan detailed no comprehensive tax overhaul, but it did lay out broad tax changes. Ryan would keep total tax revenue at the same percentage of the overall economy as it represents today.

Ryan also called for a shift to fewer and lower tax rates coupled with an end to unspecified tax deductions and loopholes. The corporate tax rate would be cut from 35 percent to 25 percent. There would be two individual tax rates of 10 percent and 25 percent.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: budget; plan; ryan; spending; taxes

1 posted on 08/12/2012 9:38:11 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni
Balanced budget: The long-term reductions in Medicare spending help get the Ryan plan on paper to a balanced budget around 2040

Not good enough by a mile. We need to see what the GDP growth assumptions are in this estimate.

2 posted on 08/12/2012 9:47:52 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (.)
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To: InterceptPoint

This works for me.


3 posted on 08/12/2012 10:05:51 AM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: TurboZamboni

I would love to see the Democrat long term plan to balance the budget...Oh, that’s right, there is none.


4 posted on 08/12/2012 10:07:31 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: TurboZamboni

Until such time as a candidate gets behind REAL reductions in spending, it’s all the same smoke and mirrors, double speak and Democans vs. Republicrats.

We all know what needs to be done (eliminate whole departments, repeal DeathCare, cut out earmarks, etc.). Why is it so difficult for the supposed intelligent congress critter to understand - and take action? Is it because they are all crooked at heart? Or incompetent?


5 posted on 08/12/2012 10:08:02 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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