This morning, Mitt Romney picked Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, architect of the radical Republican Ryan budget, to be his VP. Quick to put out a statement on the pick was stalwart progressive Texas congressman Lloyd Doggett:
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), who has served with Rep. Paul Ryan throughout his tenure as Budget Chairman and on the House Ways and Means Committee issued the following statement this morning:
“Bright and articulate, Paul Ryan represents a younger version of Rick Perry policies without the rough edges and 'oops' moments. I like him; I just don't like his policies, which are not a return to our founding principles but only a reversal to the failed Bush-Cheney approach. I disagree that the only way to bring more balance to the federal budget is to make it more difficult for seniors to balance their personal budgets-that we cannot afford to commit more for educational opportunity but can afford to provide more tax cuts to the privileged few and the corporate tax dodgers.”
Anyone who is surprised by the pick should remember that Romney and Ryan see eye-to-eye on budgetary and economic matters — a notion that should send a shudder of fear through middle-class American families.
Congressman Paul Ryan's budget closely adheres to Romney's own oft-stated desire to give massive tax cuts to the richest Americans while passing the cost of civilized society on to the middle- and lower-classes. Romney and Ryan both support privatizing Medicare, replacing it with a voucher program that will cost the average senior citizen an extra $6,350 per year. Both want to charge seniors more for prescription drugs and preventative care. Both Romney and Ryan want to cut 200,000 kids out of Head Start each year, cut Pell Grants for 10,000,000 students (that's 10 million students), and cut funding for veterans' affairs by 19%. Both Romney and Ryan want to extend all of the Bush tax cuts, providing $5 trillion more in cuts for the wealthy, which would require raising taxes on middle-class families. And of course, both Romney and Ryan support rolling back Wall Street reforms that protect consumers and prevent future financial crises.
It's a match made in dystopian Republican heaven!