The federal gov may be running an unsustainable deficit but it is the Republican party that is morally and intellectually bankrupt. The morality of lying has long since become entrenched doctrine with these pious hypocrites. Combine that with the bankruptcy of ideas and you come up with the latest Paul Ryan budget. It's worse than the last one. It still ends Medicare as we know it, and it still doesn't balance the federal budget. It just gives more money to the ultra rich plutocracy. But why listen to me--here's E.J. Dionne:
"Paul Ryan made absolutely clear that he is not now and never was interested in deficit reduction. After a couple of years of being lauded by deficit hawks as the man prepared to make hard choices, he proposed a budget that would not end deficits until 2040 but would cut taxes by $4.6 trillion over a decade while also extending all of the Bush tax cuts, adding an additional $5.4 trillion to the deficit. Ryan would increase military expenditures and then eviscerate the rest of the federal government.
Oh yes, Ryan claims he’d make up for the losses from his new tax cuts with “tax reform” but offered not a single detail. A “plan” with a hole this big is not a plan at all. Ryan’s main interest is in cutting the top income tax rate to 25 percent from the current 35 percent. His message: Solving the deficit problem isn’t nearly as important as (1) continuing and expanding benefits for the wealthy and (2) disabling the federal government."
Among the functions of that federal government, by the way, is the effort to secure loose nuclear material throughout the world that could easily be used in bombs by terrorists or just a Stand Your Ground neighborhood watch captain. It requires expertise, intelligence, determination and attention, and its success can be measured in what has not happened. But a party and a faction that is morally and intellectually bankrupt is not interested in that. They're upset because President Obama is trying to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world, including ours. It would not surprise me if the Rabid Right soon started talking about the Second Amendment guaranteeing them the right to have their own nukes.
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