Dana Milbank, Washington Post
Submitted by: Editor
Paul Ryan’s Budget Blindsides Poor, Rewards Wealthy
[WAPO] Ryan would cut $770 billion over 10 years from Medicaid and other health programs for the poor, compared with President Obama’s budget. He takes an additional $205 billion from Medicare, $1.6 trillion from the Obama health-care legislation and $1.9 trillion from a category simply labeled “other mandatory.” Pressed to explain this magic asterisk, Ryan allowed that the bulk of those “other mandatory” cuts come from food stamps, welfare, federal employee pensions and support for farmers.
Taken together, Ryan would cut spending on such programs by $5.3 trillion, much of which currently goes to the have-nots. He would then give that money to America’s haves: some $4.3 trillion in tax cuts, compared with current policies, according to Citizens for Tax Justice.
Ryan's stated assertion is that the only way to help the poor is to take everything away from them. Thereby forcing them to rely on their wiles to survive.
In other words, Ryan, in his infinite, fantastical wisdom is assuming that by scrubbing every single program designed to help the poor and unwashed that these same people would not become desperate or resort to desperate measures to survive. "Gosh, I guess I can't be lazy any longer."
How do you prepare people for the job realities of this century by cancelling the job-training programs designed to help them cope? Anyone who doesn't believe that the crime rate would not rise dramatically is either an idiot or a fool. People are already doing what they have to do to survive. Why make it a million times worse in an attempt to prove a highly elitist (and out-of-touch) notion?
And for what? ... To give the wealthy trillions of dollars in tax cuts they do not need.