In sum, Rep. Scott Rigell (Tea Party, VA) is:
1) Proud of casting a vote for the horrendous Ryan budget, which gives huge tax cuts to the rich while decimating programs like Pell Grants, job training, and Medicaid.
2. Proud that the Ryan budget would, as the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities explains, “shift substantial costs to Medicare beneficiaries and (with the simultaneous repeal of health reform) leave many 65- and 66-year olds without any health coverage at all” and also “lead to the gradual demise of traditional Medicare by making its pool of beneficiaries smaller, older, and sicker – and increasingly costly to cover.” Believe it or not, Scott Rigell’s not ashamed of that, he’s actually PROUD of it! Amazing.
By the way, “59 Catholic leaders and theologians“ “took issue with Ryan’s claims, signing a scathing letter that slammed the Ryan budget plan.” In their view, the Ryan budget is “morally indefensible and betrays Catholic principles of solidarity, just taxation and a commitment to the common good.” They add that this is a budget which “turns its back on the hungry, the elderly and the sick while giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest few [and that] can’t be justified in Christian terms.” THAT is what Scott Rigell is proud of, and that really says it all about Rigell.