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I got a big kick out of watching MSNBC's Chris Matthews attempt to play dishonest gotcha games with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Ryan schooled Matthews on every point:
I literally laughed out loud when the Democratic Congressman, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), mentioned the Democrats fiscally responsible PAYGO legislation, which, as I pointed out in a recent post, the Democrats have completely ignored ever since it's enactment. The only ones who have tried to comply with PAYGO are congressional Republicans. Almost as ridiculous was Crowley's talking point about Obama's plan to cut the deficit in half, which would still leave the deficit at $700 BILLION dollars per year. Some plan. Matthews and Crowley mouthed tired and phony talking points throughout this segment. Only Ryan actually presented a plan.
Rep. Ryan mentioned Americanroadmap.org. Lots of good stuff there for putting our fiscal house in order. Too bad nobody in the mainstream media is listening. Below are some of Rep. Ryan's responses from the website to the false charges being thrown at him by Democrats:
False charges about Roadmap and our responses:
“Provides tax breaks for the wealthy” - The proposed simplified tax code retains its progressivity, and cleans out the tangled web of tax deductions and credits that are disproportionately used by the wealthy. The tax base is broadened so that rates can be lowered. It also offers generous standard deductions so that a middle-income family of four pays no taxes on the first $39,000 of its income. More important, the business-tax changes in the Roadmap would deliver what all Americans seek at this time — increased job opportunities and higher economic growth.
“Ends Medicare as we know it” - Under the President’s budget, Medicare would simply grow itself right into bankruptcy. Unlike the Majority’s health care overhaul that cuts Medicare by nearly a half-trillion dollars to create a new entitlement, the Roadmap makes no change for people 55 and older. The Roadmap makes Medicare permanently solvent so that it can fulfill the mission of health and retirement security for today’s and future generations of seniors. The Medicare reforms provide future beneficiaries (those currently under 55) with health coverage options just like the program enjoyed by Members of Congress.
“Privatizes Social Security” -The Roadmap makes no change for those 55 and older. It provides future retirees with the option to either stay in the traditional government-run system or to enter a system of guaranteed personal accounts. Neither option is privatized. In the personal-accounts system, the accounts are owned by the individual, and managed and overseen by a government board — not a stockbroker or private investment firm. People choosing the reformed system select from a handful of low-risk, government-regulated options — just as Members of Congress and Federal employees do.
Instead of playing partisan headgames and engaging in the battle of the dueling half-truth talking points, Rep. Ryan offers solutions to problems, whether Chris Matthews wants to hear them or not. We could use more politicians like him if we're serious about fixing our economic problems. If we're not serious, we'll continue to listen to Barry "things could always be worse" Obama, who is driving this country into an economic ditch from which it may take a generation to recover.
Ryan is quickly becoming my favorite. In closing, I can't help but fantasize about an economic debate (in 2012 ?) between Paul Ryan and Barack Obama, where Ryan would shred Obama just like he did Matthews.