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Here’s the Republican Budget

There is a PDF link to the 2012 Ryan Budget HERE.

Ryan’s Budget: By the Numbers

From National Review:

Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget, “The Path to Prosperity,” is an impressive document aimed at fostering economic growth and sustainable government. Here are some of the numbers that jump out:

$6.2 trillion — Amount of spending cuts proposed relative to President Obama’s 2012 budget request.

$5.8 trillion — Amount of spending cuts proposed relative to the current CBO baseline.

2008 — Ryan’s plan would bring non-security discretionary spending to below 2008 levels (pre-stimulus, pre-bailout, pre-Obama).

20 percentTarget spending levels (as a percentage of GDP).

$4.4 trillion — Total deficit reduction over 10 years called for under the plan, compared to $4 trillion under Bowles-Simpson and just $1.1 trillion under Obama’s 2012 budget.

$4.7 trillion — Total debt reduction relative to Obama’s budget.

$178 billion — Amount of saving achieved in the Defense Department budget, per the recommendations of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, $100 billion of which would be reinvested, the rest used to reduce the deficit.

$750 billion — Total savings achieved through Medicaid reform, in the form of block grants to states, giving governors greater flexibility in their budgets.

2022 — Year that proposed Medicare reforms would take effect.

25 percent — The top tax rate proposed for both individuals and companies.

18-19 percent — Target revenue levels (as a percentage of GDP), in keeping with historic average levels.

$800 billion — Total amount of tax increases eliminated by repealing Obamacare.

1 million — Private-sector jobs created over the next year.

4 percent — Projected unemployment rate by 2015.

$1.5 trillion — Projected growth in real GDP over the next decade.

$1.1 trillion — Estimate increase in wages over 10 years, yielding an average increase in income of $1,000 per year for each American family.

10 percent — Proposed reduction to the federal workforce over the next three years.

$120 trillion — Total debt reduction by 2050 relative to Obama’s budget.

For a good laugh (or shock), see here.

Dear Democrats, This is What a Plan Looks Like

From HoosierAccess:

Democrats, I know you all are busy blaming Republicans for an impending government shutdown so you don’t have the time to work on a something that would, you know, fix things.  So while you are busy running around not passing a budget (like you should have done last year), it has given Rep. Paul Ryan and rest of the House Republicans a chance to hatch a plan to cut the spending and save our economy.

The Path to Prosperity: America’s two futures, visualized

This 3-minute video is a visualization of the House Republicans’ budget, “The Path to Prosperity,” presented by Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee.

For more information on our plan to avert the US’s nearing debt crisis and chart a path of growth and prosperity, visit

And all I have to say is, cut baby cut.

Paul Ryan’s Fiscal Framework

From National Review:

As Congress continues to battle over this year’s budget, House Budget chairman Paul Ryan released a blueprint today to guide Republican fiscal policies for years to come. Ryan’s budget proposes spending cuts, tax reforms, and the restructuring of entitlement programs.

His plan will dominate budget discussions for the rest of the year, and it will help frame the fiscal debate for the 2012 presidential campaign. That’s why liberal pundits are already attacking it with gusto. In the Washington Post, E. J. Dionne called Ryan’s plan “radical,” “irresponsible,” and “extreme.” But serious fiscal experts know that the real extreme plan is President Obama’s “do nothing” budget, which would result in disastrous levels of debt and crushing tax burdens on families in coming years.

As a first step toward budget sanity, Ryan proposes further cuts to discretionary spending beyond those currently being debated. However, his main focus is on transforming the so-called entitlements. He would transition Medicare from the current Soviet-style system to one based on consumer choice. Instead of a system based on payments to health-care providers, new retirees would receive a “premium support” payment to buy a private insurance plan of their own choosing.

That reform would allow Congress to directly limit taxpayer costs, while encouraging providers and patients to reduce inefficiencies in the system. It would also improve the quality of care through more competition. Without such reforms, rising costs will likely compel Congress to start rationing care to seniors and making other cuts that would seriously distort the health-care system.

For Medicaid, food stamps, and other federal-state aid programs, the Ryan plan embraces block grants. The states would receive a fixed pot of money, but be given more flexibility on program design. That would end incentives for states to over-expand their programs with “free” federal dollars. Block granting was the successful approach of welfare reform in 1996, and it should be warmly received by today’s large group of conservative governors.

Read the rest at National Review.

Congressman Ryan’s Budget Is a Big Step in the Right Direction

From Big Government:

The Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, will be unveiling his FY2012 budget tomorrow. Not all the details are public information, but what we do know is very encouraging.

Ryan’s plan is a broad reform package, including limits on so-called discretionary spending, limits on excessive pay for federal bureaucrats, and steep reductions in corporate welfare.

But the two most exciting parts are entitlement reform and tax reform. Ryan’s proposals would simultaneously address the long-run threat of bloated government and put in place tax policies that will boost growth and improve competitiveness.

1. The long-run fiscal threat to America is entitlement spending. Ryan’s plan will address this crisis by block-granting Medicaid to the states (repeating the success of the welfare reform legislation of the 1990s) and transforming Medicare for future retirees into a “premium-support” plan (similar to what was proposed as part of the bipartisan Domenici-Rivlin Debt Reduction Task Force).

2. America’s tax system is a complicated disgrace that manages to both undermine growth and promote corruption. The answer is a simple and fair flat tax, and Ryan’s plan will take an important step in that direction with lower tax rates, less double taxation of saving and investment, and fewer distorting loopholes.

One potential criticism is that the plan reportedly will not balance the budget within 10 years, at least based on the antiquated and inaccurate scoring systems used by the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation. While I would prefer more spending reductions, I’m not overly fixated on getting to balance with 10 years.

What matters most is “bending the cost curve” of government.

Obama’s budget leaves government on auto-pilot and leaves America on a path to becoming a decrepit European-style welfare state. Ryan’s budget, by contrast, would shrink the burden of federal spending relative to the productive sector of the economy.

Republicans Shouldn’t Take Tea Party for Granted

From Big Government:

I recently met with a conservative Texas Congressman. I will not reveal his name because he did not give me permission and because it’s not the first time I have heard what he told me concerning the disappointing performance of Republican House Leadership since they were returned to power.

“What is it about the November election that Republican leadership doesn’t understand?” That is the first question I ask any Republican elected official who works in Washington. Each response from the numerous conservative Congressmen has been some variation of “they just don’t get it.” The Congressman who I met with said basically what I already knew, “House leadership has no plan to cut spending, repeal ObamaCare and is not conservative.”

Beyond that, the Congressman reported that he’s even heard Speaker Boehner speak derogatorily of the tea party behind closed doors. I’m not surprised. I have often said the Republican elite would like to see the tea party movement go away much more than the Democrats. I spoke last month with another Texas conservative Congressman who reported that Boehner has surrounded himself with “yes” men who are not conservatives and, if they once were, have sold their souls for leadership positions. Do you hear me Jeb Hensarling?

It’s this simple, the House Republican leaders have no plan to cut real federal spending or to repeal ObamaCare. Repealing or defunding ObamaCare was the ONE priority Americans sent the Republicans to do when they were returned to power in the House. I began to sense how things would be when Republicans pledged to cut spending by only $100 billion. $100 billion? Wow. Veni, vidi, durmi! I came, I saw, I yawned! We have a $1.65 TRILLION deficit this year alone! And, of course, Republican leadership has already retreated from the $100 billion to a measly $51 billion. You have to hand it to Republicans, they never fail to disappoint!

Speaker Boehner Needs to Show America What Real Leadership Is

From Big Government:

Americans delivered the House a record 63 Republican seats to ensure that the peoples’ voices would be heard.  And, while the voters thought their message was clear and received, now, it seems, the real battle ensues.

While Congress continues to kick the budget and debt can down the road and passes continuing resolutions to thwart a government shutdown, the Democrat leadership has dropped several messages to the GOP leadership:

“They cannot agree with themselves,” said Hoyer. He called for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to distance himself from Tea Party conservatives and forge a compromise between centrist Republicans and Democrats.

Hoyer said Boehner should abandon the additional cuts conservatives muscled into the bill introduced by GOP leaders that would have cut $35 billion in spending this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. After an uproar from conservatives, GOP leaders rallied around a bill that would cut spending by $61 billion.

Of course he would say that.

This is not 1995 though and the game has changed, and frankly so have the rules.

The differences between 1995 and now is the fact that President Clinton used his veto power coupled with spot-on messaging:

On November 13, 1995, President Clinton vetoed a continuing resolution that would have kept the government running amid a budget impasse. The result was a partial shutdown. A few days later, he signed another continuing resolution providing funds for the government until mid-December. After that measure expired, he vetoed three appropriations bills, and another partial shutdown ensued. This one lasted until early January 1996.

Yes, Clinton called the GOP’s bluff and triggered a government shut down.  The blame supposedly fell at the Republican’s feet.  However, the GOP remained the majority party in the 1998 elections only losing five seats in the House, largely due to the fact that the GOP-led Congress passed popular legislation approval ratings remained consistent.  Furthermore, President Obama is signing the CRs–he has no option–as the Democrats control the Senate.  He couldn’t possibly risk the blame to lie with his party.

The Democrat’s political strategy, setup, and sting on the Republicans is as directed at the tea party as it is to fragmenting and alienating the GOP leadership with the freshmen members.  This attempt to weaken Boehner as a leader and cause voters to become disenfranchised with the GOP sets up the 2012 election.

The GOP must remember that every time a Republican has the fortitude to stand up and call out the Democrats and the left, the people are behind them.  They crave someone with that leadership quality and fearlessness.  And this is why there is no front-runner in the GOP race to the White House.

Speaker Boehner must lead and unify the Republicans, stay on message, and obey the will of the American people.  If he doesn’t, the GOP will suffer serious consequences and the mantra of “not only conservative, but Republican” will vanish–setting up third party races in 2012, GOP incumbent losses, and Democrat wins.  However, if Boehner stands firm there will be no way the MSM machine will be able to beat back the sentiments and will of the American people for the results will be self-evident.

Strengthening Indiana Plan – Part 4: Standing Up to Washington, D.C.

From HoosierAccess:

In my fourth and final installment of my review of the “Strengthening Indiana  Plan” produced by the Indiana House Republicans as their 2011 session agenda (see part 1, part 2, part 3), I’ll be looking at how they plan to stand up to Washington, D.C.  Washington is incredibly unpopular right now.  The excessive spending,  job crushing and higher taxes inducing legislation have more than you’re average Hoosier feeling down on their luck.  Because of that, House Republicans are willing to take steps to invoke Indiana’s 10th Amendment rights.

But how exactly?

Two of the least  popular pieces of legislation (as far was Hoosiers and Indiana jobs are concerned) are Obamacare and Cap and Trade.  Obamacare is law (for now) while Cap and Trade has stalled in the Senate.  Recently, Indiana joined 6 other states, in addition to the original 13 states that filed a lawsuit against the Federal government over being forced to participate in Obamacare.

But consider that medical device makers will see a $20 billion tax increase in 2013.  Now realize that one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers is based in Warsaw, Indiana.  All in all, the medical technology industry employs more than 20,000 workers in Indiana and pay an annual wage of $1.1 billion.  What we’re bound to see come 2013, without any hope for change, will be massive layoffs of Hoosier jobs.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Strengthening Indiana Plan – Part 3: Expand Education Opportunities

From HoosierAccess:

In parts one and two of this series on the “Strengthening Indiana Plan, I looked at the Indiana House Republicans plan to Protect Hoosier Taxpayers and Promote Hoosier Job Creation.  In part three, I will look at how they plan to expand education opportunities.

Education has long been the “Third Rail” in Hoosier politics especially in difficult economic times.  Democrats don’t want to see any cuts in fundingt to education and even want to see increases, whereas Republicans know there can’t be cuts, so they seek to flat line funding for sake of not taking our state budget into the red.

In 2009 when there was a stalemate on the budget, Democrats howled for education increases while Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett said school districts could survive on current budgets, while some school districts could stand to make cuts on their own.  He pointed specifically to school boards who get cushy insurance benefits and cuts in administrative staff while redirecting that money towards the classroom, including teacher salaries.

With what the Republicans are proposing you can see Dr. Bennett’s fingerprints all over it.  And frankly, these are the kinds of steps that only seek to serve the needs of students, not the line the pockets of the teacher’s union.  At the same time, teachers who excel should be rewarded, not fired because they haven’t been at a school as long as another teacher whose performance is poor.  And that’s what we see with the Republican plan.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Strengthening Indiana Plan – Part 2: Promoting Hoosier Job Creation

From HoosierAccess:

When I started my post yesterday on the State House Republicans “Strengthening Indiana Plan”, I honestly thought I could cram everything into one post.  But there is so much going on in their plan that I really need to devote an entire post to each plank of the plan.  Today’s plank is one that most Hoosiers would probably feel is the most important and that’s “Promoting Hoosier Job Creation”.

With yesterday’s announcement that Indiana’s August unemployment numbers reached reached 10.2%, it’s imperative that legislation is drawn up that empowers businesses to hire and attract the best of the best to their doors.  The House Republican plan seeks to do just that by revitalizing hard hit communities, increasing access to start-up capital and focusing on entrepreneurship and small businesses.

One of the things that I learned while finding out more about the House GOP plan was that Indiana ranks first in the Midwest and 12th nationally in the Tax Foundation’s 2010 Business Tax Climate Index (pdf. warning).  Despite the most recent unemployment numbers, Indiana is ties with Utah as the top states for private sector job growth for 2010.  And in a June 2010 article in the Wall Street Journal:

Indiana has seen the largest percentage increase in jobs through the year, rising 1.9% on a surge in manufacturing jobs. Illinois, Pennsylvania and Minnesota—all big in manufacturing—were among the top 20 states in terms of job gains, each with job increases of 1.2% or greater.

But despite positive reports, more does need to be done as our state and national economy are still taking a beating.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

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