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Call it ‘deficit brainwashing’ by Ryan

March 20, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

The newly released U.S. House budget unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is far beyond draconian. This example of fuzzy math shows Ryan balancing the budget in 10 years instead of 25 years. This is how Ryan does it:

- No new revenues

- Lack of specifics (he'll explain later)

- Includes President Obama's revenues from taxes on the richest Americans

- Includes President Obama's savings generated from the Affordable Care Act (but Ryan's plan calls to eliminate the health care law - trying for the 34th time to repeal it. Repealing this would deprive millions of health care.)

- Does not include any monies for job creation

- Does not include any monies for infrastructure repair

Ryan's Radical Right obsession with the deficit policy decisions are not supported by today's economy. Today's policy should be built upon job growth.

Full employment will bring the deficit in line.

Poll after poll shows Americans support job growth. Policy should be about jobs, not deficit scare tactics. One must ask why this country is so wrapped up in these scare tactics, which harm America. Europe - especially England, with repeated recession - proves austerity doesn't work.

Why is austerity manipulation still used? It is an excuse to get smaller government, fewer services to the poor (the 47 percent), and above all, control and reduction of entitlements. The Republicans wish to use deficits - which jobs would fix - as an excuse to gut benefits for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. These goals are not supported by, nor do they reflect the will of, the American people, nor do they benefit "we the people."

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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