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    In short, the Ryan Plan is unbalanced, morally and politically, that gives the Pentagon and the wealthy a pass, and concentrates the pain of deficit reduction on middle and low-income families.

    The proposal would shift healthcare costs to seniors and the disabled—the people who can least afford an increase in cost—by replacing traditional Medicare with a system of more costly private health plans.

    The Ryan Plan proposes to control Medicare costs by replacing coverage with a "premium support" model. Under this approach (essentially a voucher plan, despite Ryan's denials) Washington would give Medicare recipients a set amount they could use to buy insurance from private plans - although Republicans wrongly assume that competition alone will drive down health costs.

    Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman took issue with the contention that Ryan's plan would reduce the deficit, alleging that it only considered proposed spending cuts and failed to take into account the tax changes. According to Krugman, Ryan's plan "would raise taxes for 95 percent of the population" but would produce a $4 trillion revenue loss over ten years because of the tax cuts for the rich. Krugman went on to label the proposed spending cuts a "sham" because they depended on making a severe cut in domestic discretionary spending without specifying the programs to be cut, and on "dismantling Medicare as we know it", which is politically unrealistic.

    Republicans say... "YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN AMERICANS!" Good luck dealing with the Insurance companies. Make sure to include litigation fees in your health care plan.

    Catholics slam Paul Ryan on cuts to poor

    Catholic leaders are lining up against Congressman Paul Ryan's war on the poor in the strongest possible terms, and MSNBC's Jonathan Alter joins Ed Schultz to discuss it.

    Video:video.msnbc.msn.com/the-ed-show/47182548

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    AARP Calls on Lawmakers to Oppose Unbalanced Budget Proposal

    Advocates for seniors have protested the Ryan plan, saying the changes would leave older Americans with less health care coverage and access to nursing homes, and would expose them to potential future cuts to Social Security benefits.

    ARTICLE: www.aarp.org/about-aarp/press-center/info-04-2011/aarp_oppose_unbalanc ed_budget_proposal.html

    Impact of Ryan plan 2.0 on GOP nominee

    Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his new budget plan, most notably using the phrase "premium support" instead of Medicare vouchers.

    WATCH: video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/46803573

    Ryan's radical path

    In The Big Finish: Congressman Paul Ryan, R-WI, is having trouble defending his budget, even in friendly territory on Fox. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich tells Ed Schultz if the Ryan plan is a political winner or loser.

    WATCH: video.msnbc.msn.com/the-ed-show/46862807

    Robinhood in Reverse, the Ryan Plan cuts funding for:
    ▪ Food Stamps
    ▪ Housing Assistance
    ▪ Farm Subsidies
    ▪ Federal Workers
    ▪ Transportation
    ▪ Science Programs
    ▪ Education Services
    ▪ Prisons
    ▪ Border Control
    ▪ Student Loans
    ▪ FEMA Unemployment

    Are we better off when a shrinking number of people do exceedingly well, while a growing number struggle to get by?

    "It doesn't make us weaker when we guarantee basic security for the elderly or sick or those who are actively looking for work... what makes us weaker is when fewer and fewer people can afford to buy the goods and services our business sell, or when entrepreneurs don't have the financial security to take a chance and start a new business. What drags down our entire economy is when there is a ever widening chasm between the ultra rich and everybody else."

    "Ask any company where they would rather locate and hire workers
    a country with crumbling roads and bridges, or one that's committed to high speed Internet and railroads, and high tech research and development"

    Watch Obama's entire speech: video.msnbc.msn.com/nbc-news/46941784

    The Republican budget provides a trillion dollars in tax giveaways for people making more than $250,000 a year (on average $150,000 for every millionaire in the country)

    What does $150,000 buy?
    ►A years worth prescription drug coverage for a senior... PLUS a new school computer lab... PLUS a year of medical care for a returning veteran... PLUS a medical research grant for a chronic disease... PLUS a years salary for a firefighter or police officer... PLUS a tax credit to make a year of college more affordable... PLUS a years worth of financial aid.

    Mario Batali completes Food Stamp Challenge

    Celebrity chef Mario Batali joins MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell to share his experience completing the Food Stamp Challenge: try eating on the equivalent of a food stamp budget ($1.48 per meal) for one week.

    video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/47471105

    1. EN2008 36 months ago | reply

      I am my brothers keeper... I am my sisters keeper...


      President Obama speaks of hope and togetherness

      President speaks of hope and togetherness in Atlanta

      President Obama traveled to Atlanta, GA to speak to supporters at Tyler Perry Studios.

      "I hear a lot of politicians talk about values during election year. You know what?... I'm happy to have a values debate... I think about the values my mother and grandparents taught me... Hard work - that's a value... looking out for one another - that's a value... I am my brothers keeper - I am my sisters keeper - that is a value. Each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, was looking out for us. It started in the family, but it wasn't just the immediate family... there was somebody in church, there was somebody in the neighborhood, there was the coach in little league... there was somebody who made an investment in our countries future. Our story has never been about what we can do along, it's what we can do together. "

      Watch this speech: farm8.staticflickr.com/7040/6989405919_03a38d2fc4_z.jpg

      Reaction to this speech: video.msnbc.msn.com/the-ed-show/46766383

    2. EN2008 36 months ago | reply

      As written, the Ryan House GOP budget will massively increase the U.S. national debt.


      As written, the Ryan House GOP budget will massively increase the U.S. national debt.

    3. EN2008 35 months ago | reply

      Strategy to tie Romney to Ryan budget? Tax the poor and give to the rich.

      GOP strategist Steven Schmidt and HuffingtonPost's Howard Fineman discuss the politics around president's speech on Paul Ryan's budget plan.

      The Paul Ryan "Trojan horse" creates deep tax breaks for the wealthiest while making major cuts to programs that mainly serve low income Americans

      The Ryan Budget Cuts
      ► $2.4T reduction from Medicaid and other health programs
      ► $463B From Mandatory programs (Pell Grants, other Services)
      ► $291B from discretionary programs
      ► $134B from Food Stamp programs (now called SNAP)

      Get the numbers here: video.msnbc.msn.com/hardball/46944587

      Carney: Ryan budget doesn't ask anything of wealthy

      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney talks about President Obama's speech on the Rep. Paul Ryan budget.

      video.msnbc.msn.com/hardball/46944472

      Obama calls GOP budget 'thinly veiled social Darwinism'

      President Obama says that the House Republicans' recently-revealed budget plan would hurt America's working families and seniors.

      Are we better off when a shrinking number of people do exceedingly well, while a growing number struggle to get by?

      "It doesn't make us weaker when we guarantee basic security for the elderly or sick or those who are actively looking for work... what makes us weaker is when fewer and fewer people can afford to buy the goods and services our business sell, or when entrepreneurs don't have the financial security to take a chance and start a new business. What drags down our entire economy is when there is a ever widening chasm between the ultra rich and everybody else."

      "Ask any company where they would rather locate and hire workers
      a country with crumbling roads and bridges, or one that's committed to high speed Internet and railroads, and high tech research and development"

      Watch Obama's entire speech: video.msnbc.msn.com/nbc-news/46941784

      The Republican budget provides a trillion dollars in tax giveaways for people making more than $250,000 a year (on average $150,000 for every millionaire in the country)

      What does $150,000 buy?
      ►A years worth prescription drug coverage for a senior... PLUS a new school computer lab... PLUS a year of medical care for a returning veteran... PLUS a medical research grant for a chronic disease... PLUS a years salary for a firefighter or police officer... PLUS a tax credit to make a year of college more affordable... PLUS a years worth of financial aid.

    4. EN2008 35 months ago | reply

      Is the Ryan budget immoral?
      A letter from 90 prominent Catholics to Paul Ryan says... "You are profoundly misreading the church teaching. ...It's not a free pass to dismantle Government programs and abandon the poor to their own devices"
      WATCH: Catholic leaders go after Paul Ryan's budget

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