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  • Paul Ryan on Meet the Press: Leadership Needed to Save Medicare, Lift Debt Burden, Grow Economy
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on May 22, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Earlier this morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan called on policymakers to demonstrate honest leadership in addressing our nation’s greatest economic and fiscal challenges. Appearing on the program from his home state of Wisconsin, Ryan pushed back against those playing politics with the health security of America’s seniors. Instead of offering false attacks and empty promises, Ryan made the case for honest leadership and real reform. Ryan stated: “Here in ... Read more

  • Paul Ryan’s Medicare Fix
    How to improve health care and shore up the federal budget with one entitlement reform.

    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 20, 2011 | Preview rr

    Of all the sweeping reforms in Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget, none is more politically charged than the proposal to transform Medicare from what it is today — an entitlement with no spending bounds — into a “defined contribution” program with a fixed and predictable budget. “Radical.” “Extreme.” “Cruel.” “The end of Medicare as we know it.” The ink wasn’t dry on Ryan’s plan before groups in the Democratic political orbit began launching their rhetorical attacks. And don’t expect the demagoguery t... Read more

  • Paul Ryan vs. the Mythmakers
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 20, 2011 | Preview rr

    If you’ve been following the debate over the House Republican budget proposed by Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, you have probably heard that it savagely cuts programs for the poor in order to fund tax cuts for the rich, that its numbers don’t add up, and that in the short run it expands the deficits. These claims, though asserted confidently, either depend on highly contestable assumptions or are demonstrably untrue. • David Frum writes in The Week that Ryan’s “debt reduction plan actually inc... Read more

  • Paul Ryan Sets the Record Straight
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    Two months ago, the President introduced an unserious budget that locks in Washington's spending spree, adds $13 trillion to the debt over the next decade, and accelerates our nation toward a fiscal crisis. His budget imposes $1.5 trillion in tax increases on job creators and American families, stifling the private-sector job creation that we urgently need. His budget commits seniors to bureaucratically rationed health care, burdens families with ever-higher taxes, and consigns our children and ... Read more

  • The Other Medicare Cutters
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    The debate over Paul Ryan's Medicare reform ideas has largely been healthy, even amid the liberal distortions. But why has there been so little scrutiny of President Obama's new Medicare proposal? Anyone worrying about more individual choice and responsibility in health care might be interested to learn that the alternative is turning every one of these decisions over to a 15-member central committee. It sounds absurd, but there the President was last week, gravely conceding Mr. Ryan's analysis ... Read more

  • Paul Ryan and His Critics
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    One point of a document as subversive as Paul Ryan's 2012 budget is to provoke debate, and has it ever. But amid the thoughtful musings about starving orphans and grandma in a snowbank, could his critics at least get their facts right? Let's unpack the distortions. -Deficits and debt. Perhaps the most bizarre complaint is that Mr. Ryan's blueprint would worsen the U.S. fiscal imbalance compared to current law. So the House Budget Chairman has proposed supposedly hideous cuts to popular entitleme... Read more

  • The Radical Gradualism of Paul Ryan
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 11, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    Late last month, Senator Charles Schumer of New York led a conference call in which Senate Democrats briefed reporters about the ongoing budget battle. At the outset, unaware that his comments were already audible to reporters on the line, Schumer provided some marching orders, advising his colleagues to describe Republican proposals as radical. “I always use the word extreme,” he said. “That’s what the caucus instructed me to use this week.” It was no surprise, therefore, that when House Budget... Read more

  • Ryan: "Time to put an end to the empty promises & advance a plan to prosperity.”
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 9, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    In this week's address, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) highlights the Path to Prosperity, the Republican budget that would spur private-sector job growth, stop Washington from spending money it doesn't have, and lift the crushing burden of debt that threatens our future. Ryan also highlights the bipartisan agreement reached this week on the largest spending cut in history -- "good news for job creators in America." Full Text of Remarks "Hello. I'm Congressman Paul Ryan from Jan... Read more

  • The GOP Path To Prosperity
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 5, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    Congress is currently embroiled in a funding fight over how much to spend on less than one-fifth of the federal budget for the next six months. Whether we cut $33 billion or $61 billion—that is, whether we shave 2% or 4% off of this year's deficit—is important. It's a sign that the election did in fact change the debate in Washington from how much we should spend to how much spending we should cut. But this morning the new House Republican majority will introduce a budget that moves the debate f... Read more

  • Behind the Scenes: Budget Listening Session with Paul Ryan
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 18, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Washington (CNN) -- In a small conference room deep inside the Capitol, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan could be mistaken for a traveling salesman at a business meeting. Using a PowerPoint presentation with alarming charts and frightening graphs, the Wisconsin Republican is trying to sell the need to tackle the politically explosive parts of the budget that have driven America's deep debt -- entitlements. Ryan's audience? Fellow House Republicans. CNN was given exclusive access to Ryan's sessio... Read more