In naming Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has given America several reasons not to vote Republican this year. Paul Ryan is the economic leader of the House Republicans who share Romney’s commitment to the flawed theory that new budget busting tax cuts for the rich coupled with increased tax burdens on the middle class and senior citizens will somehow create a stronger economy.
As the architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan has proposed an additional tax cut for millionaires of $250,000. He has proposed deep cuts in education spanning the full spectrum – from Head Start to college aid. He has proposed ending Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher plan for those currently under the age of 55, thereby shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to senior citizens.
As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber stamped every single economic policy of the Bush administration which in turn exploded our deficit and ultimately crashed our economy.
The Romney – Ryan ticket promises to take us back, repeating the exact same mistakes that brought the U.S. economy down.
Paul Ryan is against women’s health care:
- Ryan would take America backwards decades on women’s reproductive health services as the co-sponsor of a bill that could ban in-vitro fertilization, as well as many common forms of birth control, including the pill. It could also ban all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.
- Ryan supports letting states prosecute women who have abortions and doctors who perform them.
Ryan is against equal rights:
- Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight for equal pay for equal work.
- Ryan voted against repealing the discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,”
- Ryan supports writing discrimination into the Constitution by amending it to ban gay marriage.
The Ryan top-down budget plan would weaken the economy:
- Paul Ryan supports trillions in budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires paid for with tax hikes on the middle class and deep cuts in education and other investments we need to grow.
- Ryan’s extreme budget plan, which Mitt Romney has embraced, would make deep spending cuts now to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, which would weaken the recovery and cost the economy jobs.
- According to Harvard economist Jeffrey Liebman, based on Mitt Romney’s own projections on the impact of deep spending cuts on the economy, Paul Ryan’s budget plan could cost the U.S. more than 1 million jobs.
The Ryan budget plan would gut educational programs
- Ryan would cut Pell Grant scholarships for nearly 10 million students.
- Ryan would kick 200,000 kids out of Head Start.
The Romney Ryan plan would raise taxes on the middle class and cut taxes for the wealthy
- The Ryan budget includes a tax “reform” plan that would make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, and give millionaires an additional tax cut worth more than $250,000 a year.
- Paying for these tax cuts for the most fortunate families would require higher taxes on the middle class, gutting investments in our future, and ending Medicare as we know it.
- Just like Mitt Romney’s tax plan, middle-class families could pay thousands of dollars more a year in taxes to help fund tax cuts for millionaires.
- Ryan would cut or eliminate middle-class tax deductions like mortgage interest, charitable contributions and health premiums.
The Romney-Ryan plan would end Medicare and Social Security as we know it
- The Romney-Ryan extreme budget would end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program that would increase seniors’ health costs by $6,350 a year.
- Ryan has also proposed a plan that would have privatized Social Security, subjecting seniors’ retirement security to the whims of the stock market.