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Paul Ryan’s budget is draconian and destructive

August 22, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

I personally have protested this budget multiple times. It is offensive to the core of my beliefs. This budget is cutting programs for the poor and middle class in order to keep tax loopholes and tax cuts for the upper 1 percent.

This is about the ethics of trickle-down economics, which will never solve any of our current problems. The biggest shortfall of this plan is that it is designed to hurt jobs and our recovery from this deep recession.

My first objection was a letter in 2011 suggesting that there were alternatives to the Ryan plan that would not hurt our recovery. Instead, Ryan's way forward chooses to damage our economy. The Ryan budget is often called "reverse Robin Hood" because Ryan takes from the poor and middle class to give to the richest 1 percent of the population. (Current figures show that since 1980 the rich have gotten substantially richer while the poor and middle class have gotten poorer.) This is not exactly the American dream.

In 2012, in response to a projection of what this plan would do over a five-year period, I wrote another letter of protest. Viewing Ryan's folly showed, in a five-year projection, that the budget would take $5.3 trillion from programs for the poor and middle class. It at the same time would give $4.3 trillion to the rich and the very rich.

I repeat: Trillion.

Bishops from his own faith have condemned Ryan's budget plan as immoral, yet Ryan still preaches his radical ideas. Will this hurt or help Romney - who has wholeheartedly embraced Ryan's proposals? Respected economists object to Ryan's slash-and-burn tactics. The masses will suffer, and so will our economy.

Austerity now is the wrong solution. The wars and other unpaid spending that occurred under the previous administration - spending that Ryan supported - got us where we are. Ryan's budget is more of the same: Exorbitant military spending is OK, but food stamps are not OK to him.

Your vote in 2012 will never count more. Vote to keep the American dream.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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