Last weekend, the GOP passed its tax bill through the Senate, despite public knowledge that the measure is a massive win for the rich and a loss for the poor. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the bill will add over $1 trillion to the deficit. So how do Republicans respond? They plan to cut services for the poor to compensate for wealthy Americans’ tax cuts.
House Speaker Paul Ryan recently appeared on Ross Kaminsky’s talk radio show to discuss the nation’s debt.
Ryan stated, “We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit.”
He added, “Frankly, it’s the healthcare entitlements that are the big drivers of our debt, so we spend more time on the health care entitlements—because that’s really where the problem lies, fiscally speaking.”
Ryan has made it clear that he intends to make drastic cuts to Medicare. He continued, “I think the president is understanding that choice and competition works everywhere in health care, especially in Medicare.”
Ryan said, “This has been my big thing for many, many years. I think it’s the biggest entitlement we’ve got to reform.”
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) blamed “liberal programs” for the nation’s debt. He stated, “We’re spending ourselves into bankruptcy.”
Hatch continued, “Now, let’s just be honest about it: We’re in trouble. This country is in deep debt. You don’t help the poor by not solving the problems of debt, and you don’t help the poor by continually pushing more and more liberal programs through.”
What does he mean by “we’re”? All a person has to do is look at Republicans’ bank accounts to know they aren’t part of the majority. They just saved themselves a bundle of money with their bill. Republicans don’t care about the nation’s debt or the needy.
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