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Ryan’s budget

Just days after Mitt Romney reappeared to remind the American voter what they missed in not putting him in the White House, his running mate, Paul Ryan, is back in the news as well.

Ryan, at least, has a reason to be back — his capacity as the Republican-controlled House budget chairman. But that doesn’t mean the congressman isn’t willing to dwell on the past as well.

Ryan is running around touting his proposal for fixing what ails the nation ... the federal debt. But it’s not really a new plan, since it many ways it is based upon the sort of financial thinking that was very much a part of the Romney/Ryan campaign.

That budget included deep cuts in programs and services, like Pell Grants and SNAP, the program that was food stamps, that are vital to those who need such help. Ryan’s thinking also includes radical changes to Medicare and Medicaid. Social Security, right now, is untouched.

With Medicaid, Ryan is proposing saving hundreds of billions of dollars by turning the program that aids low-income individuals and families into a block grant and handing it off to the states to oversee. Meanwhile, Medicare would be turned into a voucher program.

And, of course, he’s targeting the Affordable Care Act, what has become known as Obamacare.

As Ryan said during a recent appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” “... this is what budgeting is all about ... It’s about making tough choices to fix our country’s problems.”

While we might appreciate Ryan’s tenacity in the matter, it’s clear the Wisconsin representative hasn’t been listening. The voters in November made it quite clear what vision they agreed with by returning Barack Obama to the Oval Office. Part of that decision was based upon rejecting a Republican economic plan — Ryan’s plan — that would dramatically alter what the federal government does and what it spends money on.

Ryan apparently wasn’t tuned in when the American public turns thumbs down on him and his budget plan.

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