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Paul Ryan: republicans wanted 260-percent increase in food stamps.

Former Republican vice-presidential nominee and Congressman Paul Ryan told NBC's Meet the Press January 27 that the Republican ideas for spending cuts on social welfare programs would have increased the Food Stamp program by 260 percent over a decade, instead of the Democrats' 270 percent. Ryan has nevertheless been touted by the mainstream media as a solid conservative and fiscal hawk.

Meet the Press host David Gregory pressed Ryan--who currently serves as the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee chairman--for an example of spending cuts he'd make that would Stop the "takers" in society. Ryan said during the presidential campaign that America risked becoming a nation of makers" who work and "takers" dependent upon government assistance. "Food Stamps for example," Ryan replied. If our reforms went through they would have grown by 260 percent over the Last decade instead of 270 percent. So when you call such reforms 'savages' that. I think does a disservice to the quality of debate we need to have.

Ryan made no constitutional argument for limiting the federal government to its enumerated powers. eliminating any programs. or even any year-over-year spending cuts. He also volunteered that the federal government should be a big brother to people down on their luck under any circumstance: "We want to have a safety net. A safety net for the poor, the vulnerable, the people who cannot help themselves."

Ryan revealed his constitutional ignorance on Meet the Press in his discussion on the Democratic-controlled parts of the federal government. "The President and his party have been in charge of Washington during this time. They have not budgeted for four years." he declared. Of course, the president has put out a budget plan. and does every year.

More importantly the president and his party are not "in charge of spending in Washington. and haven t been since they lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2010 elections. The Republican-controlled House has an absolute stop on any new spending, which means that the trillion-dollar deficits for the past two years have been approved by Republicans as well as Democrats. The Republican majority in the House could put a stop to deficit spending all by themselves, simply by refusing to pass new deficit spending. But House Republicans haven't even proposed doing this.

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Title Annotation:INSIDE TRACK
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 18, 2013
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