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The Post Forgot to Mention that the Ryan Plan Would Eliminate the Government

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 07:01

The Post probably didn't have room in the piece for such small points, but when it told readers that the Ryan plan:

"calls for spending cuts and tax changes that would put the nation on course to wipe out deficits and balance the budget by 2040."

It would have been reasonable to point out that it gets to this balance by virtually eliminating the non-defense, non-Social Security, and non-health care portions of the budget. According to the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Ryan plan (Table 2), all spending on items other than health care and Social Security would be reduced to 4.75 percent of GDP by 2040 and to 3.75 percent of GDP in 2050.

The defense budget is currently over 4.0 percent of GDP and Representative Ryan has indicated that he wants to leave it at this level. That would leave little for the Justice Department, Education Department, Park Service, education, transportation and everything else government does in 2040 and nothing in 2050. That fact would have been worth pointing out in this article.

Comments (3)Add Comment
written by JSeydl, March 21, 2012 7:20
Haha, the title of this post is just hilarious.
Error of omission
written by Robert Salzberg, March 21, 2012 5:01
The really big error of omission is that the CBO couldn't score the revenue in the Ryan plan because he didn't give enough specifics so the CBO just reported the revenue projections that Representative Ryan gave them.

Even without knowing the specifics, the Ryan revenue projections can't be correct because Ryan states he won't increase taxes but also states that net tax revenue will rise by over 20% by 2030.

So the Ryan plan will balance the budget on taxes that Ryan refuses to raise.
Tribune lauds Ryan's courage
written by balrich, March 22, 2012 10:52
Little details like this don't bother them. They also think there was a Bowles-Simpson report BTW.


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