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  • Analyzing the Clinton-Obama 'Arithmetic'
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on September 6, 2012 | Preview rr

    By: Douglas Holtz-Eakin President Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention got rave reviews in some circles. As usual, however, the budget world looks at things differently than the media and political echo chambers. At a time when the fiscal outlook of the federal government is a looming economic threat and, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the No. 1 national-security threat, he disappointingly repeated (with his finger wagging) the claim that “arithmetic” showed that Presi... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: The $6,400 Myth
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on August 20, 2012 | Preview rr

    One of President Obama's regular attacks on Paul Ryan's Medicare reform is that it would force seniors to pay $6,400 a year more for health care. But merely because he keeps repeating this doesn't mean it's in the same area code of accurate. The claim is based on a now out-of-date Congressional Budget Office estimate of the gap between the cost of health care a decade from now, in 2022, and the size of the House budget's premium-support subsidy for a typical 65-year-old in 2022. In other words, ... Read more

  • National Review: President Obama’s $700 Billion Medicare Problem
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on August 15, 2012 | Preview rr

    By James C. Capretta Governor Mitt Romney’s selection of Representative Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is revealing on a couple of levels. First, it shows that Governor Romney has a keen eye for talent (which probably explains his success as a CEO). Representative Ryan has become an intellectual leader, perhaps the intellectual leader, of the House GOP, and that didn’t just happen by accident. He worked at it for years, taking countless political risks along the way. To get wher... Read more

  • Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Time to Stop and Smell the Government
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on July 10, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget Process Reform

    By Christian Schneider One of the most common complaints about government is that it simply runs too slow. Partisan bickering and gridlock hold up helpful bills in Congress. Bureaucrats shuffle papers around, leaving permits and financial aid checks unfulfilled. By the time you reach the front of the line at the DMV, cars themselves will be deemed illegal by President Bieber. Yet for all the complaints about government's languid pace, there is something far worse: government that works too fast.... Read more

  • Paul Ryan on the Need to Combat Cronyism and Promote Upward Mobility
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on June 1, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    Following another dismal jobs report, the House Budget Committee held a hearing this morning on cronyism and the government-imposed barriers to economic growth and upward mobility. Throughout this morning’s hearing, Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, and members of the committee made the case for equal opportunity and a level playing field so Americans can prosper. Highlights from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: RYAN ON THE PRESIDENT’S ECONOMIC AGEND... Read more

  • Paul Ryan Discusses the Choice of Two Futures America Faces (VIDEO)
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 25, 2012 | Preview rr

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan appeared on Fox News Sunday and CBS' Face the Nation on March 25th, 2012 to discuss the Path to Prosperity budget and the choice of two futures America faces. To learn more about the legal and moral obligation to prevent America's debt crisis, go to prosperity.budget.house.gov. Paul Ryan on CBS' Face the Nation: We Have a Moral & Legal Obligation to Prevent America's Debt Crisis Paul Ryan on Fox News Sunday: The President's Health Care Law Empowers 15 Bu... Read more

  • House GOP Budget to Target Tax Rates
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    House Republicans, seizing on what they hope is a potent campaign issue in the midst of a muddled political and economic landscape, will introduce a 2013 budget Tuesday that cuts tax rates and provides for two individual brackets of 10% and 25%. The budget would end the Alternative Minimum Tax, which was originally aimed at the wealthy but which ensnares a growing number of middle-class taxpayers each year. The plan would nearly eliminate U.S. taxes on American corporations' earnings from overse... Read more

  • The Path to Prosperity Budget: Your Country. Your Future. Your Choice.
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Economy / Financial

    @RepPaulRyan: If you agree it’s morally wrong to ignore the most predictable crisis in U.S. history, this is your budget: Americans have a choice to make. A choice that's going to determine our country’s future. Will it be a future that looks like the America we know? One of greater opportunity, greater prosperity... Or...more of what we’re seeing today...debt, doubt and decline. Americans, not Washington, should decide. In 2010, voters asked for an alternative to the direction government was ta... Read more

  • Strengthening Health and Retirement Security: A Call To Action
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on February 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    The House Budget Committee held a hearing today on the critical need to save and strengthen Medicare and Social Security. In revealing testimony, Richard Foster, Chief Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration, provided policymakers with a clear warning on the painful consequences of inaction. For Medicare, Foster warned of restricted access to critical care if the President’s health care law is implemented as... Read more

  • Defending the Indefensible: A Tough Day for the President’s Budget
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on February 15, 2012 | Preview rr

    Earlier today, the House Budget Committee examined the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request, receiving testimony from Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients. Chairman Paul Ryan Dismantles the President’s Misleading Claims WATCH The President continues to assert that policy changes proposed in his budget will result in $4 trillion in deficit reduction. The claim is simply false. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unpacks the false claims and the gimmicks used... Read more