News Busters: Video: Real Time With Bill Maher: The Paul Ryan Budget

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What Representative Paul Ryan Chairman of the Budget Committee tried to do in the last Congress and so far in this Congress in writing the House Republican budget plan and then passing it in the Republican House in the last Congress and in this Congress that the Democratic Senate rejected in the last Congress and in this Congress last month, was an attempt at least on paper to balance the Federal budget. By only concentrating on around 15-20% of the Federal budget.

And most of those cuts coming from non-Social Security and Medicare social-insurance programs. And if you saw Bill Maher in this video someone who I normally disagree with layout, Chairman Ryan attempts to balance the budget by going after the small appetizers or side dishes. Imagine a meal consisting of steak, mashed potatoes and lets say a caesar salad, good meal right, instead of targeting the meat of the meal or even the potatoes the stuff that fills people up in the meal normally, what Chairman Ryan goes after a couple of leafs in the meal. “Big meal with too much food, we are going to take away a couple of leafs and call it fat reduction instead of deficit reduction.”

The meat and potatoes in the United States Government’s budget is defense, Social Security, Medicare and to a certain extent Medicaid. And then there are a bunch of public assistance programs of around one trillion dollars or so that aid workers who do not make enough money. Or are unemployed. Which is why I believe Paul Ryan and his followers are as interested in deficit reduction, as the typical career politician lets say House or Senate is interested in raising taxes or cutting Social Security during an election year when they are up for reelection. Another words not at all.

That if they were serious about deficit reduction, then they would write and pass a plan that solves the problem by going at the meat of the Federal budget. And not just picking away at salad leaves in it. Chairman Ryan is right I believe about the seriousness of the debt and deficit, but is not ready to solve the problems. If I’m starving and its late at night and I haven’t had anything to eat all day, I don’t snack on a couple of crackers thinking my hunger will go away. I make myself a meal or buy one. The same thing with deficit reduction, that if you are serious about the budget you go where the meat is. Or in this case the money and you cut back in areas where you can afford to save money. That will help you solve the problem.
Elliot Spitzer

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