In one section of the summary he dedicates to setting the record straight, he calls any suggestions that he is privatizing Social Security and/or Medicare OR cutting taxes for the rich "myths." Oooo-kay.
But we know it is a fact that Ryan's tax plan involves lowering individual and corporate taxes to a permanently "loopholed" tax rate. Is that out of context? I don't think so. Yet Ryan claims his tax cuts are not a net tax cut - instead he claims it is revenue neutral reform to make our economy more competitive. His exact words. Got that? But here's the part in his budget summary that I believe deserves a second look. Under a section fictitiously titled "Key Facts" is this...
DEBT AND DEFICITS
Reduces deficits by $4.4 trillion compared to the President's budget over the next decade.
Puts the budget on the path to balance and pays off the debt.
I did not add the emphasis to "pays off," that is how it appeared in Ryan's flyer. So, Ryan says his budget will pay off the national debt, which is over $14 trillion and growing. To stop borrowing and start paying off that debt, at some point the government would have to start collecting more money than it spends. It would have to start producing surpluses. In plain English, Ryan's "Path To Prosperity" would have to start pulling wealth out from the American economy and out of worker's pockets. When taxes are too high, that's how surpluses are produced - at least according to our last "conservative" president.
"Today our high taxes fund a surplus. Some say that growing federal surplus means Washington has more money to spend. But they've got it backwards. The surplus is not the government's money; the surplus is the people's money." -- George W. Bush, Aug. 4, 2000
So accordingly, the first sign that you've been taxed too much is when the government can produce a surplus. Yet Ryan proposes to pay off the debt, which even with a modest annual surplus of say, $200 billion a year - would take 70 consecutive years to pay it off - without interest! But most of Ryan's 2012 budget summary is built to produce results in a ten year window which means Ryan's "path" must pay for government AND collect $1.4 trillion extra EACH YEAR from U.S. taxpayers for ten straight years - and do it all with historically low tax rates. Utterly impossible if not totally destructive to the nation's economy.
Even taking the more conservative 70 year route, how would that massive and continuous confiscation of private capital and wealth by government - never to be returned - help create prosperity for individuals?
You don't want to know what happened after the last time our country had a decade of annual surpluses - do you?
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