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Representative Ryan Calls for Eliminating Park Service, FDA, Justice Department, and Just About Every Thing Else in Government and Media Don't Notice

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:00

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is supposed to be a brave and serious thinker. That's how the Washington punditry treats him. Last year, the Peter Peterson gang gave Ryan a "Fiscy Award" for "leading the way in promoting fiscal responsibility and government accountability." Politico made Representative Ryan its "health care policymaker of the year." Ryan is a regular guest on the Sunday talk shows and he can always count on a warm reception from the very serious people.

For this reason when Representative Ryan again proposed a budget that would shrink non-defense spending outside of Social Security and health care programs to zero by 2050 the proposal deserves real attention. According to the projections of the Congressional Budget Office (Table 2), Representative Ryan's budget would shrink the category of defense and non-defense discretionary spending, plus non-health entitlements to 3.75 percent of GDP by 2050.

Since Representative Ryan has said that he wants to keep military spending near its current level of 4.0 percent of GDP, this would leave no money to pay for the Justice Department, the Food and Drug Administration, Education, the National Institutes of Health or anything else that the government does.

This shrinking of non-defense spending to zero was also in Representative Ryan's budget last year, however he could have been credited with an honest, if incredibly foolish, mistake. However he has now gone on record with the same proposal in 2012, presumably indicating that this budget does in fact reflect his views and the views of the Republicans in the House, if they again approve the budget, as they did last year. 

It is remarkable that this extraordinary proposal by Representative Ryan has not gotten more attention from the people who think so highly of him in official Washington. Apparently they consider the elimination of most of the government to be a very reasonable suggestion.

                                                                            

Comments (6)Add Comment
grow defense, deficit spending
written by tom, March 21, 2012 6:00
keeping defense at 4% of GDP until 2050 would be a huge increase in real terms.
Eliminating FDA
written by Alan, March 21, 2012 8:26
Actually, the budget would not eliminate the FDA since most of its regulatory activities are supported by industry-paid user fees.
It's a sort of Fallacy of Composition,
written by jhmccloskey, March 21, 2012 8:34
I think, to jump to the conclusion that "they consider the elimination of most of the government to be a very reasonable suggestion."

In fact, each individual Smirk-of-Janesville (( http://j.mp/cwH4gU )) fan only wants to eliminate such parts of The Wicked State as are likely to tamper with her own Corporations.

Happy days.

...
written by fuller schmidt, March 21, 2012 1:07
Ryan even looks a little like a vampire, but how do his looney ideas keep resurfacing? Are we that stupid now?
drown the beast
written by saf., March 24, 2012 9:09
Adoption of Rep. Ryans proposals will enable Grover Norquist to drag government to the bathtub and drown it. ONWARD
Another Phony Fiscal Conservative
written by FoonTheElder, March 26, 2012 11:51
Ryan is just another phony fiscal conservative. His only care about deficits is that they help the big corporate welfare and tax cuts for millionaires that pay for his campaigns.

MSM shows how biased they are towards their wealthy owners and big corporate advertisers whey tney fail to call out the fact that Obama's budgets will result in lower deficits than Ryan's welfare for billionaires proposals.

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