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Why I Voted 'No' on Ryan's Budget

Paul Ryan's plan takes a slash-and-burn approach to the federal budget and ends Medicare as we know it.

Our budget challenge requires serious leadership, and can’t be driven by dangerous ideology.

But U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan's plan would take a slash and burn approach to the federal budget — ending Medicare as we know it, threatening the economic security of the millions of vulnerable Americans, and forcing the middle class to bear more than their share of the burden of balancing the budget.

My grandparents raised me from when I was two months old, and they sacrificed so much to give me opportunities I might otherwise have been denied. They even continued to work demanding jobs for me, instead of enjoying the retirement they’d earned with a lifetime of hard work.

But when my grandmother grew older and more frail, she relied on Medicare to provide affordable care.  Without Medicare, not only would her own economic security have been compromised, but so would my own.
I would have gladly gone into debt to take care for Nana — but because of Medicare, I didn’t have to.

That’s why jeopardizing the future of Medicare is too large a sacrifice for the next generation of American seniors and the middle class.

And that’s why the Ryan Budget is so dangerous.

Click here to learn more about my no vote on the Ryan Budget and to RSVP for my upcoming town halls – Medicare: Get the Facts.

Slashing the key investments – in student loans, in clean energy technology, in medical and scientific research – is not the answer.  And balancing the budget on the backs of seniors in the future, and on the middle class now and moving forward, isn’t a responsible solution.  It isn’t leadership. And it’s up to us to stop this dangerous plan from becoming law.

This is a plan to transform the budget in a radical right-wing image. And already, each one of my Republican opponents has endorsed this plan. In Washington, the extremists are excitedly beating the drums for ending Medicare as we know it and turning it into a voucher program -- too much is at stake. 

If a reckless plan like the Ryan budget had been in place when I was young, I don’t know how my grandparents would have been able to raise me -- or where I’d be today. And if the Ryan budget passes now, millions of American families will pay the price – today, and into the future.

We cannot let that happen.  I’ll always work with both parties on serious efforts to reduce our deficit. And I know that with some commonsense solutions – like repealing subsidies for Big Oil, passing the Buffett Rule for tax fairness so millionaires pay the same tax rate as middle class families, and bringing our troops home from Afghanistan now – we can begin to get our debt under control.

I’ll never let radical ideology substitute for a real plan -- particularly one as dangerous and unfair as the Ryan budget.

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Archie April 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
and to think our economy is in the crapper by Ryan`s budget proposal to throw grandma off the cliff and leave junior on the street uneducated, clueless as always baldwin keep it up tiger...
Steve ® April 10, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Hi Tammy. Thank you for pointing out that you do not want to fix the budget mess. I love your solution though, wait I didn't see one....
Randy1949 April 10, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The cut came from Medicare Advantage plans, which have been proving to be more expensive to the program than they're worth. And Ryan wants to privatize all of it. Smart move. Here's a tip -- don't act all aghast about 'cuts' to Medicare and then expect seniors to be cool with something that's going to affect them even worse.
Steve ® April 10, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Pending Approval
Nick Poulos April 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM
It would seem that "Archie's" racist comments have been removed, for which we all should be thankful: a Ghetto President - we are above that kind of blathering nonsense. The comments, most of which are off point, deflecting from the issue of ethics, would seem to prove only that "the most thought-provoking matter in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking." Yes, I still, and will, to my dying day encourage everyone to read Heidegger daily. The issues of thinking, language and its power to create and build, and the danger of technology: there is no thinker more in tune with our challenges. Among the adages to contemplate today: "Language is the house of Being. In its home man dwells. Those who think and those who create with words are the guardians of this house." or, perhaps this will resonate more fully: "Questioning is the piety of thought." Ryan is dangerous to the whole nation; but, then you are the elite few, I suppose. Paul Ryan's budget is class warfare; or, to quote my teacher: "The Ryan budget is a devastatingly unmitigated attack upon democratic stability and fiscal common sense." And, look into, question, his philosophical alignment with Ayn Rand and his protectionist stance for the ultra wealthy: both are destructive to the nature of our democratic republic: the gauntlet has been thrown down: pick it up, check for what lies concealed.'night.

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