House Passes Ryan Budget Resolution

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 3:00 pm

House Republicans have passed the Paul Ryan budget resolution, a sweeping plan that slashes long-term mandatory spending, goes under the discretionary spending targets set by the debt limit deal, cuts taxes for the rich and corporations, changes Medicare to a voucher program, eliminates Pell grants for hundreds of thousands of students, and generally authorizes just about every conservative wet dream you can name. And after all that, Ryan’s budget doesn’t even balance until 2040, because it’s nearly impossible to do so without anything on the revenue side.

The vote was relatively close, with the budget passing 228-191.

 

Simpson-Bowles, Magic Asterisk Resurrected for House Budget Vote

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 2:15 pm

The House vote on the budget will not just include an up-or-down vote on the Paul Ryan version. As per custom, several budgets will get a vote that day, including proposals from the Republican Study Group, Progressive Caucus and House Democrats. But there’s another version out there, one from what I’ll term the Wanker Caucus, looking to just put Simpson-Bowles on the House floor. Enter the magic asterisk.

Congressional Progressive Caucus “Budget for All” Deserves as Much Scrutiny as Paul Ryan’s Budget

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 1:45 pm

As long as the news media devotes massive amounts of space to a fantasy budget, why can’t they turn their attention for just a minute to a more legitimate one Like last year’s CPC budget, which earned praise from the likes of Jeffrey Sachs, Paul Krugman and even The Economist, the Budget for All makes up-front investments while reducing the deficit over time by making the tax code more progressive and scaling back on defense.

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