Home National Politics Rep. Moran: Republican Budget is “Stunningly Radical…Massive Redistribution of Income” to Rich

Rep. Moran: Republican Budget is “Stunningly Radical…Massive Redistribution of Income” to Rich


My feelings exactly. Thank you to Rep. Jim Moran for articulating this so powerfully and eloquently, and for doing whatever he can to fight this “stunningly radical” Republican budget (and agenda more broadly)!

The Republican Budget introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan is a radical document. At its core is a massive redistribution of income from lower income Americans to the wealthiest members of our society; one that will undermine Medicare, and cripple our infrastructure and social safety net programs that protect Americans facing hard times.  

Make no mistake; this budget resolution would end Medicare as we know it, passing rising health care costs along to states and senior citizens.

Further, the Ryan Budget devastates the federal government’s ability to invest in our nation’s future. Under the Ryan Budget, by 2050 most of the federal government, with the exception of defense, Social Security and health care, would no longer have the money to function.

More than 60 percent of the cuts in this Republican budget come directly from programs for lower income Americans, like SNAP, Pell Grants and Medicaid. Taking from the least of us to fund massive, unnecessary and unsustainable tax cuts for the rich is not a fair or reasonable solution to our fiscal problems.

The Ryan proposal is not a budget for the America that we grew up in and the nation we know today. This is a budget for Grover Norquist’s America, a radical conservative fantasyland where government will not, and cannot, play a role in assisting those who need it and investing in our future to create jobs and grow our economy.

  • Republicans Approve Budget Plan That Punishes the Poor, Elderly and Disabled

    GOP Plan Gives More Tax Breaks to the Wealthy

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-House Republicans today approved a budget that punishes the poor while giving even more tax breaks to the wealthy. This budget plan also aims to privatize Medicare and cuts the number of employees who process Social Security claims.

    The budget plan also would cut taxes by about $4.3 trillion over the next 10 years, but who will get the most tax breaks? People who make more than $200,000 a year. The plan also slashes essential programs like food stamps and it repeals the Affordable Care Act, eliminating tax credits for middle-class families to help them buy health insurance.

    “House Republicans either have no idea that there are poor people in America who will suffer even more if this budget is implemented, or have decided to just represent those who make more than $200,000 a year,” said Sandra Cook, Chairperson of Virginia Organizing.

    Ryan’s budget also threatens the future of Social Security and Medicare, which will affect millions of Americans. The budget will slash Social Security benefits for middle-class seniors and people with disabilities. And it will wholesale change Medicare into a voucher system, making it more costly for anyone who participates.

    “As a person with a disability, I rely on Medicare and Social Security for my livelyhood. Rep. Ryan’s budget could take away my health care and income. The Ryan budget puts people like me on a path to poverty, while the wealthy will continue on the ‘path to prosperity,'” added Cook.

  • Statement by the Press Secretary on the Ryan Republican Budget

    House Republicans today banded together to shower millionaires and billionaires with a massive tax cut paid for by ending Medicare as we know it and making extremely deep cuts to critical programs needed to create jobs and strengthen the middle class.  The Ryan Republican budget would give every millionaire an average tax cut of at least $150,000, while preserving taxpayer giveaways to oil companies and breaks for Wall Street hedge fund managers.

    Today’s vote stands as another example of the Republican establishment grasping onto the same failed economic policies that stacked the deck against the middle class and created the worst financial crisis in decades.  If the Ryan Republican budget is made a reality and the radical discretionary cuts fall across the board, by 2014, more than nine million students would see their Pell Grants fall by as much as $1100, and about 900,000 would lose their grants altogether.  Clean energy programs would be cut nearly 20 percent, Head Start would offer 200,000 fewer slots per year, and critical medical research and science programs would see drastic cuts.

    The President has put forward a balanced plan that would reduce our deficit by over $4 trillion by asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share, enacting responsible spending cuts and achieving significant health savings while still investing in the programs we need to grow our economy and bring economic security back to the middle class and seniors.  Any serious attempt at tackling our deficits must be balanced, fair and demand shared responsibility.  The Ryan Republican budget clearly fails that test.