Speaking at a Politico Morning Money breakfast meeting on Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) let the new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, have it with both barrels. She described Ryan’s asinine, slash-and-burn proposals to cut government spending as “truly breathtaking.” I don’t think she meant it as a compliment, as in “Oh, Mr. Speaker, your tie is truly breathtaking.”
Warren, member of the Senate Banking Committee and champion of the middle class, said about Ryan,
We’re talking about someone who wants to privatize large parts of Social Security, someone who wants to make big cuts in the investments we make in education, in infrastructure, in the pieces that help us build a future together.
In evaluating the bipartisan budget deal recently passed by the Senate and awaiting President Obama’s signature, Warren stated,
Overall, we’ve got a bill where, for the first time, it looks like we’re going to take off the table having the Republicans shut down the government over raising the debt ceiling, and that’s a very important thing.
Here’s a little budget history lesson. Paul Ryan authored the ‘Path To Prosperity’ budget in 2012, which included provisions to
- replace Medicare with a voucher system
- repeal Obamacare
- cut all government funding in half
- transform federal government agencies into private, for-profit organizations
- cut taxes for multinational corporations
In addition, Ryan applies his uber-strict conservatism to social issues, including movements against Planned Parenthood and gay marriage. Hell, the man even tried to redefine ‘rape.’
After all the hand-clapping, gavel passing, speeches and good-bye waves to Boehner are over, Ryan is going to get down to business and attempt to ramrod his ultra-conservative fiscal and social proposals down our throats.
I’m with the esteemed Senator from the State of Massachusetts. Ryan has the potential to be a very dangerous man.
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