Defending the Ryan Budget

Monday, April 09, 2012

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, looks at some of the charges and counter-charges surrounding the House-passed federal budget.

Comments [22]

vassilis from Flushing

And the nonsense of "Being Fair and balanced" continuous.
If you want to invite some professional right winger to promote the Ryan budget by commenting on its advantages for the country so be it , but you have to make an effort to ask fair questions. For example. If you are worried about the deficit why would you give anyone , much less the high income people , a tax cut?????
If you want to eliminate tax loop holes please name some. The right wing snake oil of trickle down mendacity we have heard for over 30 years!! It never did work. Even worse, the income gap has become a canyon and the deficits exploded under GOP Governing.
So please give us a break with this Fair and Balanced nonsense. It is bad enough to hear it from Fox News. It is painful and insulting to hear it from WNYC. Have some guts.
Thank you

Apr. 09 2012 01:21 PM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

@ Chuzzlewit - The "Social Darwinism" comes from the enactment of the RYAN budget where more of the "tyrannical" "47% of the population" (your extremist rhetoric) of the the middles and lower-middles class pay federal taxes beyond the federal tax that everyone pays in the form of the payroll tax.

Also, what are the specifics of tyranny (or the "oppressive power exerted" by the takers - placed on the makers by the takers? What specifically are the makers forced or coerced to to do against their will?

Apr. 09 2012 10:33 AM
gary from queens

A true conservative on the Brian Lehrer show! Not even a figleaf moderate republican. let's hope Brian will be OK following the shock to his senses! Or should I say, sensibilities?

Apr. 09 2012 10:28 AM
BradH from uws

That man is babbling. He is not saying anything in way of explanations.
of the differences. As he was talking 90 miles an hour, I had so many points to question him on where he wasn't telling any details. Just Pol-babble all the way through.

Apr. 09 2012 10:28 AM
john from office

I got carried away with emotion.

Apr. 09 2012 10:27 AM
Marianne from staten island

The Ryan budget is trying to sell the same old stuff under different slogan (bottom up, rising all boats, stb)
We see that it did not work out since Bush reduced income tax benefiting the wealthy; it only became a race to the bottom

Apr. 09 2012 10:26 AM

BL: you could have pushed back harder on this guy. He seemed up for the challenge. His points would have melted with just a little but of heat...

Apr. 09 2012 10:26 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Average household is paying 25% marginal rate PLUS 15% of income (half out of their pocket/half from their employer) to the Federal government.
Added together the government is collecting 40% of the marginal dollar on the lower paid workers. Through FICA cut-offs and the marginal rates on dividends, the rich pay less than 17% on average. We haven't even mentioned sales taxes and property taxes.

The fix is steeply progressive rates. Time for those who have benefited to pay up.

Apr. 09 2012 10:25 AM

we on the left don't need violence
just talk about issues

Apr. 09 2012 10:25 AM
Laura from Brooklyn, NY

Um. I'm pretty sure there's been a drastic decline in entrepreneurship because of debt / student loans. At least that's what I've heard...

Apr. 09 2012 10:25 AM
alexandra kustow from brooklyn

CIDNY pointed out to me that if the government accepted more applications for Disability benefits, which include Medicare instead of "fighting" them, we would reduce government, save a great deal of money and be able to put the money towards giving benefits/(single payer).

Apr. 09 2012 10:25 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"When you allow people to flourish" = Let bankers do what they want.

Apr. 09 2012 10:25 AM
benjoya from benjoya

you can tell he's lying by how rapid-fie he delivers his 30-year-old talking points

Apr. 09 2012 10:24 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Brian, please.
A large group of our citizens have indeed consigned themselves to being permanent dependents of the government.

Apr. 09 2012 10:24 AM
john from office

We should form a mob and attack the station with pitchforks and torches and tar and feather this guy!! WHO IS WTH ME!!!!!?????

Apr. 09 2012 10:24 AM

Private insurance comes with high administrative costs

Apr. 09 2012 10:22 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

If 47% of the population doesn't pay federal income tax.....where's the "social Darwinism"???!!!

Everybody should pay something, or it becaomes a tyranny of the takers against the makers.

Apr. 09 2012 10:20 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

Me think this guy speaketh with fork-ed tongue. It's the Republican way, after all.

I wouldn't trust any of them (all Republicans and most Democrats)to tell the truth even with both hands on a stack of bibles.

Apr. 09 2012 10:18 AM
Rick from Connecticut

The Ryan plan would put us in the fast track to national bankruptcy, revenue neutral guarantees our sad transition from super power to super debtor. With the US governent borrowing .41 for every dollar spent, we need revenue positive stream. The minimun top rate should be somewhere between 45% and 48%, which is lower than the 1950's and 1960's, as we now see as a golden age of prosperity.

Apr. 09 2012 10:17 AM
John A.

Bills like this as I understand them (no-compromise, guaranteed no-pass) are created Only for the political ads they generate. "Candidate Y voted to raise your taxes" (by voting this Bill down). A major indicator of ad money running the whole show.

Apr. 09 2012 10:17 AM
benjoya from brooklyn

this guy sounds like P.T. Barnum!

Apr. 09 2012 10:13 AM
john from Office

A few things:

I am a republican and cannot wait until these tea party types are voted out of office.

I was for the Bush tax cuts, but many economist now view them as a mistake and I do too. The cuts plus the cost of two wars is hurting the Country.

Obama will win re-election, more so if this Ryan person becomes the VP.

Apr. 09 2012 10:12 AM

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