House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has already stated that he will not support new revenue, but now he’s saying that even discussing the issue of taxes during the coming budget conference may produce an impasse.
RYAN: “Taking more from hardworking families just isn’t the answer. I know my Republican colleagues feel the same way, so I want to say this from the get-go: If this conference becomes an argument about taxes, we’re not going to get anywhere. The way to raise revenue is to grow the economy.”
He’s not necessarily wrong that they ‘won’t get anywhere,’ and I believe that the best we can hope for is preserving the status quo while avoiding another government shutdown, however Ryan is not opposed to the idea because he’s genuinely concerned about functioning government.
No, he’s opposed to the idea because he’s an ideologue who believes we should pass the tax plan he and Mitt Romney ran on in 2012.
All of Ryan’s rhetoric up to this point suggests that the only budget that can make it out of his committee is one that follows the Romney/Ryan blueprint of tax cuts and spending cuts. Revenue will come later. Somehow. Maybe.
We’re going to wake up one day and realize that it’s Spring 2016 and we’re still talking about the Republican plan to drastically cut taxes for the wrong people and cut spending for people who need it the most. It won’t matter that the deficit has been cut by 80 percent by then. All that matters is the Takers and the Makers and their warped since of justice.
Whoever the Republican nominee is could be locked into the Romney/Ryan Path to Poverty before they’re even chosen, and they’ll go down in flames.
In the present time, it’s plausible that fiscal 2014 will be half over before Congress even passes a fiscal 2014 budget. Because even if Congress passes a budget in January, something which I find unlikely, we’ll already be 5 months into a fiscal year that began on October 1st.
But I heard there’s some kind of glitch with a website so, you know, who cares?