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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Is Ryan Budget Plan The Answer For America?


If I am not mistaken, the cost of running The United States has been placed on the backs of middle and low income Americans for as long as I have lived and that has been 74 years now.

It seems to me (Much the same as it seemed to my Dad and my Grandfather) that the wealthiest 1% always manage to receive some kind of special pass when it comes to contributing a fair share to the  maintenance of the greatest Democratic Republic in History.

Oh I know, they claim to pay more than 70% of all taxes paid, but I am of the opinion that the amount of taxes that could be collected for The Treasury is severely curtailed by loopholes in the tax codes that give the very wealthy all those big tax breaks and by the fact that clever millionaires and billionaires know how to maintain accounts off shore on which no Income Taxes are ever due or paid and that this creates unfair pressures on the country.

Lately I have been hearing about a proposed budget plan called by the probably affectionate tag, “The Ryan Plan.”

It is reported that among other things, this proposal which the front running candidate for President on the Republican Side is said to have endorsed would place the cost of health care squarely on the backs of senior citizens and the physically challenged through a plan to privatize traditional Medicare and issue vouchers with a limited value to those seeking health insurance coverage.

I am told that these vouchers will be used by those who receive them to purchase a health care insurance plan from private insurers.

I can almost see how quickly the initial value of those proposed vouchers will be absorbed in competitive pricing from the private insurance providers and how quickly someone with a modicum of business sense will find a way to match the voucher value with what I like to call, “The Purchaser’s Share” of whatever plan is purchased.

I cannot guarantee that this is what will happen, but in my opinion, the temptation will be out there along with the opportunity unless someone has had the foresight to include a little “Regulation” of practices and procedures under the proposed plan.

And that is only the health care portion of this proposed plan that the Right and Far Right are pushing with such great energy now.  This plan has even been called “Marvelous” by at least one political contender.

Then there is all the talk I have been hearing about how this “Ryan” Plan will cut back on Social Security and God only knows what else.

In a recent news program on television, I heard that even the Catholic Church has said that the “Ryan” Plan is out of sync with certain moral considerations.

Will Americans swallow all the advertising being done on behalf of this and other Right Wing proposals for getting America back on Her fiscal feet again?

I feel obligated to remind all who read here that America has always fared far better under Democrats than under Republicans and I hope voters keep that in mind as they approach the challenges of this coming Presidential Election.

I suggest reading the following very closely:

Some Details Of The Proposed Ryan Plan

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/paul-ryan-catholic-bishops-ayn-rand.php

Check this one out too:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/03/romney-endorses-ryan-budget-118079.html

Do Millionaires Hide Funds In Offshore Accounts?  Read this:

http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/09/pf/taxes/offshore_accounts/index.htm

Posted by John Liming (Political Opinion)

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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particularly concerned and grieved about the way our beloved America seems to have become so politically divided over the past few years to the point where hardly anyone seems to be able to get along or to work together and where mutual vilification seems to be a spectator sport of some kind. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation. That, in my opinion, would be a total disaster and that is what I fear certain members of the element generally known as The "Christian" Conservative Right may have in mind.

3 comments to Is Ryan Budget Plan The Answer For America?

  • Is understanding the fundamental principles of the Constitution and applying them to our government obstructionism? I think not. Our future generations depend on us to continue to enforce the Constitution on our politicians. In point of fact the Constitution does not allow for the executive branch to have a health and human services department. Article 2 of the Constitution states pretty clearly the job description of the president. Allowing the executive branch to gather more power to itself violates the three equal branches principle of our Constitution. The Ryan budget does not balance the budget soon enough. We have to cut spending now and drastically or our kids, grandkids and great grandkids will live in poverty.

  • If The Right regains control of the Government, EVERYBODY except for the very wealthy will live in poverty. Now we have two opinions expressed;the Pro and the Con. That is a good thing.

  • I do not want to get into an endless merry go round of arguing the fine points of the Constitution, but I will say that Health and Human Services is a duly authorized Cabinet Department,appointed by The President and confirmed by The Congress according to the authority of Article 2, Section 2 of The U.S. Constitution and is, by incorporation, a legal part of The Legislative Branch and while the Constitution makes no overt provision for the Department of Health and Human Services, it certainly does not go to any length to forbid it either.

    This disclaimer of the Constitutionality of the Department of Health and Human Services, is in my opinion, attempted Revisionism and can safely be discounted.

    If the Department of Health and Human Services is, indeed, not provided for in The Constitution, then I raise the question, “Is the Department in question doing what might be considered as a “Christian” work in its attempts to address the ills of Mankind? Is America and The Blessed Constitution not supposed to have been born in the fires of Christian fervor?

    If the Constitution is, as some on the Far Right Fringe have suggested, a “Christian Document Governing a Christian Nation,” then I contend that the question of whether or not the Department of Health and Human Services is Constitutional or not is totally and irrevocably mute.

    Faux intellectualism makes a good verbal case, but common sense and reality dictate the need for The Department of Health and Human Services in a “Christian” social order.

    One cannot reasonably apply a secular argument against a religious reality. If The Constitution arises from Biblical Inspiration, then the compassion, love and caring nature of Christianity must also be inherent in The Constitution. If this is true, then Health and Human Service is a natural evolution of the ideology.

    Conservatism,in my opinion, has consistently been on the wrong side of every issue that was ever designed to be of service to those who have need in our society and constantly seeks the benefit of the wealthiest 1% at the expense of the so-called “Common” (Not so wealthy or privileged) among us.

    If America did not think that Health and Human Services was Constitutional, it would have been dispensed with a long, long time ago and we certainly do not need to be trying to take the country backwards by disallowing the Progressive benefits that have been achieved through the blood, sweat and tears of human beings who care about others in The United States.

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