On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, released another GOP budget-deficit plan. The “budget” is the fiscal equivalent of the Christian Right’s version of the “Rapture,” where the “saved” get directly transported to heaven and the rest of us “sinners” get “Left Behind.”
In Paul Ryan’s “Rapture” budget, “sinners” should be translated “the poor and the middle class.” In fact, if you’re not a mega-wealthy individual or a corporation, you are “Left Behind” NOW.
This astonishing “budget” proposes cutting the top individual rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, makes the Bush tax cuts for the rich permanent, cuts “discretionary” spending by $4.6 trillion over 10 years (but exempting defense), privatizes Medicare, funds Medicaid through block grants, cuts the Pell grants for students back to 2008 levels, and, of course, repeals “Obamacare” and the financial reforms of Dodd-Frank. Because the last thing our American citizens need for fiscal “balance” is health care and financial regulation, right?
The Atlantic succinctly summarizes the Ryan budget as “Save the Rich, Spare the Old, Forget the Poor.” Except, actually, even the “Old” are not spared, as the privatizing to Medicare, as Rick Newman of U.S. News & World Report writes, would “only cover part of the premiums, forcing seniors to pay the difference, which would be a sizable expense.”
So, in truth, everybody but the mega-rich and corporations are “Left Behind” in Paul Ryan’s “Rapture” budget. Literally.