More for the rich; less for the poor: the new American Way
Paul Ryan’s budget document is a propaganda piece for the right-wing.
Read it; pay attention to the biased language, to the warmed over Bush proposals, and to the usual promisese of trickle down.
Look at E. J. Dionne’s “War on Moderation”.
And read Joseph Steiglitz, “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%” in Vanity Fair…Vanity Fair
UPDATE: In Friday’s Times, David Brooks applauds Paul Ryan’s courage. But when he gets down to brass tacks, Brooks seems to understand it is foolhardy.
“Because he had the courage to take the initiative, Paul Ryan’s budget plan will be the starting point for future discussions, at least as long as Republicans control at least one house of Congress. But it should be acknowledged that the Ryan plan has several grave weaknesses.
“As presently configured, it is unacceptable to moderate voters and stands no chance of passage. Substantively, it does not address the structural problems plaguing the American economy: wage stagnation, inequality, declining growth rates. It doesn’t have an answer to rising health care costs. Nor does it leave room for future policy creativity; there’s no money to allow future generations to rise to unforeseen challenges. So, while acknowledging that Ryan has done the nation a great service by providing a starting point, we should expect his budget to evolve as the debate goes forward.” Here
On the shutdown: We keeping hearing that riders removing funding from Planned Parenthood and the EPA are part of the hold up on a deal, but the OMB Watch (sorry can’t get the link to work. The chart was four pages long and contains a good deal more than the media has highlighted.